Notable Fraud Case at an Important Argentinean Trading House [Argentina]. [Trial]. [Iturriaga, Jose de, Defendant]. Cavallero, Manuel. Respuesta a la Acusacion Formada por la Sindicatura de los Concursos de Lezica y Hornung Contra D. Jose Iturriaga. Buenos Aires: Imprenta Argentina, 1836. [iv], 47 pp. [Bound with] I[turriaga], J[ose de]. Breve Contestacion al Libelo Publicado por Manuel Sainz de la Maza. Buenos Aires: Imprenta Argentina, 1836. 8 pp. [And] O., G. Manifesto en Derecho a Favor de Jose de Iturriaga, Acusado de Ocultacion de Unos Ganados y de Complicidad en la Falsificacion de su Firma, Ejecutada por Federico Hornung. [Buenos Aires]: Imprenta Argentina, . 83 pp. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt ornaments and title (reading Causa de Iturriaga) to spine. Rubbing to extremities with heavy wear to corners, chipping to head of spine, hinges starting, owner bookplate to front pastedown. Manuscript divisional title pages between items. Moderate toning and occasional foxing to text, internally clean. Ex-library. Location label to spine, small inkstamps to title page of Respuesta, brief annotations to verso. Solid copies of three rare items. $750. * Only editions. These items relate to a trial that followed the collapse of a notable Argentinean trading house. "Corruption or mismanagement by employees or partners of non-British houses frequently made news during the century. One of the more celebrated cases was the failure of Sebastian Lezica Brothers in September 1835. The manager of the house, a German named Frederick Hornung, apparently forged bills of exchange without the knowledge of his employers, three Argentine brothers. After the failure of a British house, Thwaites and Company, and after the retention of money in the Chilean branch, the Lezica Brothers had to raise money. Originally Hartung procured the signatures of a number of people, including Thwaites; but when persons declined, he began to forge names on bills of exchange--both the drawer's and drawee's names--in order to prevent bankruptcy. He thought this would need to be done for only a short time, but he became involved until the total sum owed the market was over one and a half million pesos." (Reber). OCLC locates 1 copy of Respuesta (at UC-Berkeley), 1 copy of Breve Contestaci.
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