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Lot 55: Library catalogue.- Smith (Joseph) Bibliotheca Smithiana, seu Catalogus Librorum D. Josephi Smithii Angli per cognomina authorum dispositus, 1755.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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15 November 2016

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Description: Library catalogue. Smith (Joseph) Bibliotheca Smithiana, seu Catalogus Librorum D. Josephi Smithii Angli per cognomina authorum dispositus, 2 parts in 1, first complete edition, half-title, title in red and black and with large engraved arms, engraved armorial head-piece, wood-engraved tail-pieces, occasional water-staining (mostly marginal) and spotting (heavier to first few ff.), a few small stains, contemporary limp boards, a few nicks, some spotting and marking, 4to, Venice, Jo. Baptista Pasquali, 1755. ⁂ Leonardo Trissino's copy of the first complete edition of the catalogue of Consul Smith's superb library, which following its sale to King George III became the foundation for the King's Library in the British Museum, now housed in the British Library. It is likely that this catalogue was prepared with the sale in mind. It is extremely valuable for its extensive appendix, which reprints the prefaces of all of the incunabula in the collection. Provenance: 'Leonardo Trissino 1830' (ink inscription to front free endpaper and ?his ink numbers in margins). Trissino (1780-1841) was a Venetian bibliophile. It appears that he has used this copy to record contemporary prices of books and possibly his own purchases. Literature: De Ricci, English Collectors, pp.54-55; Taylor pp.261-262; Nicolini 112.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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