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MATTHAEUS, Anton (1601-1654). De auctionibus libri duo: quorum prior venditiones, posterior locationes quae sub hasta fiunt, exequitur: adjecto passim voluntariarum auctionum jure. Utrecht: Waesberghe, 1653.
4o (186 x 142 mm). Title printed in red and black with printer's woodcut device. Contemporary vellum.
FIRST EDITION of one of the earliest and most extensive works on auction sales in the 17th century from a legal point of view; the rules governing them, their location, the sale of confiscated merchandise, etc. Anton Matthaeus was an eminent Dutch professor of jurisprudence and criminal law at Utrecht and according to Pollard and Ehrman "produced the most elaborate of all these treatises" on auction. With an extensive index. Pollard and Ehrman p. 216.
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