PINELLI, Maffeo (1736-85) -- Jacopo MORELLI (1745-1819). Bibliotheca Maphaei Pinelli Veneti. Venice: printed by Carlo Palese, on sale at Lorenzo Baseggio, 1787.
Large 8o (218 x 144 mm), 6 volumes. Engraved portrait of Pinelli by F. Bartolozzi inserted as frontispiece to vol. 1, large fold-out engraved plate of the Pinelli papyrus in vol. 3, 5 engraved plates of Egyptian and classical sculpture in vol. 5. (Occasional foxing.) Contemporary Parisian gold-tooled dark-green morocco by Pierre-Joseph Bisiaux (unsigned, but see De Ricci-Schiff no. 120) for A.-A. Renouard, triple fillet round sides, flat spines divided into compartments with a Greek-key roll , containing medallion and circle tools, roll-tooled turn-ins, pink silk liners, gilt edges, (bindings rubbed at extremities, spines faded). Kept in three fall-down-back boxes. Provenance: ANTOINE-AUGUSTIN RENOUARD (1765-1853, bibliographer and bookseller, his private catalogue IV, 257, the 1854 sale catalogue, lot 3456), who had bound up with vol. 2 the 1785 Leigh and Sotheby sale catalogue of manuscripts and annotated books from Anthony Askew's library (Munby and Coral p. 83), and with vol. 5 the 1790 appendix to the London sale catalogue of the Pinelli library (Coral and Munby p. 89), both 8o and uncut -- J. Gómez de la Cortina, Marqués de Morante (bookplate, Paris sale, part I, 1872, lot 1864) -- Maurice Escoffier (bookplate, his private catalogue, no. 202) -- Major Adrian McLaughlin (bookplate, Monaco sale, 7 October 1980, lot 1468).
REMARKABLE LARGE-PAPER SET of the detailed, privately published catalogue of the great Pinelli library, 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, indeed bought it en-bloc and went on to offer it at auction in two London sales held by themselves. Renouard has written the prices into this copy in pale-red ink. 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 with Lord Spencer for the largest part of the Würzburg Schottenkloster copy of the same book (see Christie's London catalogue, 27 Nov. 1991).
Apart from the Askew sale catalogue and the Pinelli appendix, Renouard has also inserted a small Italian broadside catalogue, dated 1 May 1808 and headed Supplemento primo al prospetto di alcune edizioni del secolo XV, as well as two autograph letters by Morelli (the first dated 9th March 1782, asking permission for Pinelli to publish Torelli's edition of Archimedes; the other is a fragment of a letter to the Parisian bookseller, Molini, dated 14th January 1786, in which Morelli discusses his plans for the Pinelli catalogue). Taylor pp. 97-98. (6)