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RABIRIUS, Junius. Hastarum & auctionum origo, ratio, ac solennia. Paris: Charles Estienne, 15 May 1554.

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RABIRIUS, Junius. Hastarum & auctionum origo, ratio, ac solennia. Paris: Charles Estienne, 15 May 1554.

4° (222 x 157mm). Printer's device on title, ornamental vinework headpiece and initial, roman, italic, and greek (a Garamont grecs du roi) type, shoulder notes. Modern half red morocco with Crewe crest on front cover by Leighton, preserving contemporary black-stained vellum wrappers at end. Provenance: Louis Martell, Rouen 1572 (inscription on vellum wrapper); John Evelyn, purchased at Rouen 26 March 1644 (title inscription); Robert, Marquess of Crewe (bookplate).
JOHN EVELYN'S COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this treatise on the history of auctions. Originating in the ancient world with the selling of military booty and captives sub hasta -- the spear denoting ownership -- auctions continued to be a common method of sale both publicly and privately, and Rabirius recites its history as well as discussing its application in specific instances in contemporary France. Adams R-10; Renouard, Estiennes, p.108.
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