Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1968,
Reprint. duodecimo, decorated boards and cloth. xliv, 241 pp. Gale Research Company, Item #29499
"William Cooper held the first English auction in 1676. By 1700, some 350,000 titles worth a quarter of a million pounds had passed under the auctioneer's hammer in England. Drawing on catalogs of the period, Lawler discusses the auctioneers, their offerings and their practices." Rosenblum, The History of the Book, p. 375. Very fine.