1554 Edition of Fitzherbert's Important JP Manual Fitzherbert, Sir Anthony [1470-1538]. The Newe Boke of Iustices of Peace Made by Anthonie Fitzherbard Iudge, Lately Translated Out of Fre[n]ch Into Englishe and Newlye Corrected, the Yere of Our Lorde 1554. [(London): Imprinted at London in Fletestrete Within Temple Barre, at the Signe of the Hande and Starre, by Richarde Tottyll, 1560]. 173,  ff. Title page supplied as a laid-in facsimile. Pages 97 and 103 mis-numbered as 82 and 88. Octavo (5-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Moderate toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining to fore-edges, light soiling to a few leaves. Early underlining and brief annotations to most leaves, some notes affected by trimming. A unique copy in a handsome binding. $1,500. * First printed in 1538, Fitzherbert's manual was issued eight more times; its final edition was printed in 1617. Editions beginning in 1583 were edited by Richard Crompton. Despite his efforts, this work was eventually superseded by William Lambard's Eirenarcha (1581). The annotations are mostly glosses and other signs of careful study. ESTC locates 6 copies in the UK, 5 in North America (Georgetown Law School, Harvard Law School, The Newberry Library, University of Michigan Law School, University of Minnesota Law School). OCLC adds the Library of Congress and University of Pennsylvania Law School. English Short-Title Catalogue S4295. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books T342.
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