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TREATISE

ON THE

LAW OF AUCTIONS.

WITH

AN APPENDIX

OF

PRECEDENTS.

BY RICHARD BABINGTON, ESQ.

OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, SPECIAL PLEADER.

LONDON:
HENRY BUTTERWORTH,
LAW BOOKSELLER AND PUBLISHER,
No 7, FLEET STREET,

NEAR TEMPLE BAR.

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J. BARKER, Printer, Crane Court, Fleet Street. PREFACE.

To the Profession of which he is a member, the Author commits this little Volume, with that anxiety and diffidence which naturally attend a first effort to gain public favour, but at the same time with the most perfect confidence, that those imperfections which may be found in the following pages, will be viewed by that Profession with candour and indulgence.

The Author will not attempt to frame an apology for the publication of this Treatise, well knowing that, in the absence of intrinsic merit, his views and motives can never entitle it to favour.

The many important decisions which have at different times been made upon the Law of Auctions, and the various acts of parliament which have from time to time been passed for regulating auction sales, are in this work, for the first time, brought together. Those cases which have been over-ruled are referred to very briefly, while on the other hand the cases which are yet considered as law are generally stated rather fully, and the language of the courts is retained as far as possible.

Since that portion of the Work went to the press, in

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