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Published by Giovanni Battista Pasquali, Venice

Bibliotheca Smithiana 1755

Vellum-bound with gold tooling and red-leather spine label | 24.8 x 18.3 x 5.8 cm | RCIN 1155999

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Joseph Smith’s library contained many important printed books as well as albums of prints and drawings. In 1755 he made plans to sell his library in its entirety, and this catalogue was published by Smith’s own Pasquali press in order to attract potential buyers. Negotiations began with George III’s advisers around the same date but were suspended by the Seven Years War. The sale to the young king of Smith’s entire collection, including the library, was finalised in 1762.