PINELLI, Maffeo (1736-85) – Jacopo MORELLI (1745-1819). Bibliotheca Maphaei Pinellii Veneti. Venice: Carlo Palese, sold by Lorenzo Baseggio, 1787. 6 volumes, 8° (220 x 145mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Pinelli by F. Bartolozzi in vol. 1, large fold-out engraved plate of the Pinelli papyrus in vol. 3, five engraved plates of Egyptian and classical sculpture in vol. 5. (Faint marginal dampstain.) Contemporary polished calf, spines lettered directly and gilt in compartments with raised bands, edges yellow (spines lightly faded and lightly worn, some corners a little rubbed). Provenance: Wilmot Vaughan, 1st Earl of Lisburne (1730-1800, Lord of the Admiralty; his bookplate as Viscount Lisburne) – John Roland Abbey (1894-1969; bookplate).
THE LISBURNE-ABBEY COPY. A well-margined copy, taller than the Breslauer copy, of the detailed, privately-published catalogue of the great Pinelli library, formed over the course of 200 years, and written by the keeper of the Biblioteca Marciana for the purpose of disposing of the collection as a whole or in parts. The London bookdealer James Edwards and his associates, Robson and Clarke, bought it en bloc and then offered it at auction in two London sales. Pinelli was the last in a family of Stampatori Ducali, official printers to the Venetian Senate, and his library was one of the most important private collections in Italy. Item 125 is vol. 2 of the 36-line Bible, for which Sir George Shuckburgh would pay 14 guineas in the London sale and which his son-in-law, Lord Liverpool, would exchange for the largest part of Lord Spencer's set of the same book (sold at Christie's London, 27 Nov. 1991). Taylor, pp. 97-98.