SMITH, Joseph, Consul (1682-1770) -- Catalogus librorum rarissimorum, ab artis typographicae inventoribus, aliisque eiusdem artis principibus, ante annum millesimum quingentesimum excusorum. Omnium optime conservatorum. Venice: J.B. Pasquali, 1737.
8o (188 x 118 mm). Title printed in red and black. Contemporary French red morocco gilt, triple fillets round sides, narrow back lettered vertically, gilt edges.
Provenance: Gros de Boze (sale 1753, lot 2526); Girardot de Préfond, second collection (leather booklabel; sold en bloc in 1789 to:) MacCarthy-Reagh (sale 1825, lot 5273); Charles Chardin; Joseph Martini; Lucius Wilmerding (bookplate; sale, Part III, Parke-Bernet, 31 October 1951, lot 855); A.L. McLaughlin (sale, 1980, lot 1500, to Breslauer).
The second edition of the catalogue of the incunabula belonging to Joseph Smith, British Consul at Venice, listing 248 items, of which only a few copies were printed. The first edition, also without place and date of printing (but "Padua, Tipografia Volpi-Cominiana, 1724" according to Stuart Morrison), had only 62 pp. and listed 227 incunables; fifty copies were printed. Smith's collection was eventually (in 1762) purchased by George III and now forms part of the British Library. Morrison, "Records of a Bibliographer: The Catalogues of Consul Joseph Smith," in: The Book Collector, 1994, No. 3b.