The "Best Edition" of Horne's Mirrour With Interesting Notes Horne, Andrew [d.1328]. [Fitzherbert, Sir Anthony (1470-1538)]. [Hughes, William ([1587 or 1588-1663?), Translator]. The Mirrour of Justices: Written Originally in the Old French, Long Before the Conquest; And Many Things Added. To Which is Added the Diversity of Courts and Their Jurisdiction. Translated into English by W.H. of Grey's Inn. London: Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers, 1768. [xxxii], 288, 287-325,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. The second part, Diversity of Courts, preceded by a title page with edition statement: "second edition, corrected and paged as the former." Verso of final leaf is a publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, gilt library name and paper shelf label to spine, small security tag and blind- stamped library name to front board, endleaves added, library stamps to edges of text block and endleaves. Negligible light shelfwear and soiling. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, early owner signatures ("Jos Thomas" and "Ch Chauncey") and library stamp to title page, its upper inner corner lacking, library stamps to outer margin of p. 51. $450. * Fifth edition, the "best" according to Lowndes. Written about 1290, The Mirrour of Justices became an authority in the latter part of the sixteenth century when English lawyers began to look to Glanville, Bracton, and Britton as guides to put the common law into a more logical arrangement. It was first published in Law-French in 1642. An English translation by William Hughes followed in 1646. The Diversity of Courts is by Fitzherbert. Our copy has several leaves with numerous manuscript changes, notes and marginal references. The owner seems to have adjusted the text in reference to an earlier Law-French edition. Charles Chauncey [1777-1849] was a leading member of the Philadelphia Bar. Lowndes, Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature 3:1119. English Short-Title Catalogue T114858.
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