SMITH, Joseph, Consul (1682-1770) -- Giovanni Baptista PASQUALI. Bibliotheca Smithiana, seu Catalogus librorum d. Josephi Smithii Angli per Cognomina Authorum dispositus. Venice: J.B. Pasquali, 1755.
4o (239 x 172 mm). Title printed in red and black, with an impression of Smith's bookplate, engraved by A. Visentini. Contemporary Italian sprinkled boards, smooth calf spine richly gilt, black morocco lettering piece (minor wear to extremities).
The third (first complete) edition of the catalogue of Smith's library, containing all the books in his library as of 1751, including some manuscripts. Smith, who was British consul at Venice, sold this valuable collection to George III in 1762 for £10,000. It became the nucleus of the "King's Library," now in the British Library. "Although there is no evidence that the Bibliotheca Smithiana was originally intended to be a sale catalogue, in the event it turned out to be just that" (Morrison). The present copy belongs to the first issue, without the woodcut at the head of the Addenda & Corrigenda; the 352-page Appendix reprints in full some 200 prefaces, dedications, and epilogues in the incunables described. De Ricci, pp. 54-55; Morrison, "Records of a Bibliophile," in The Book Collector, vol. 43, no 1 (Spring 1994), no. 4; Taylor, pp. 261-62.