First Edition of Fitzherbert's Important JP Manual Edited by Crompton Fitzherbert, Sir Anthony [1470-1538]. Crompton, Richard (fl. 1573-1599), Editor. [West, William (1568-1594), Compiler of Index]. Loffice et Aucthoritie de Iustices de Peace, In Part Collect per le Iades Tresreverend Iudge, Mounsieur A. Fitzherbert, Et ore Enlarge per Richard Crompton, Un Apprentice de la Common Ley, & Public Lan du Grace. 1583. A Que est Annex, Loffice de Vicountes, Bailiffes, Escheatours, Constables, Coroners, &c. Collect per le Dit Mounsier Fitzherbert. London: Imprinted by Richarde Tottill, . [xxvi], 206 ff. Lacking Leaf Z1 (fol. 177). Quarto (7-1/2" x 5"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, blind ornaments, and gilt title and publication date to spine, "CF" in early hand to fore-edge of text block, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, inkstains to margins of a few leaves, offsetting and light edgewear to first few and final leaves, annotations in later hand to front endleaf, illegible early owner signature to head of leaf following title page, which is lightly soiled. $1,100. * First edition by Crompton. First printed in 1538, Fitzherbert's manual was issued eight more times; its final edition was printed in 1617. The editions by Crompton are significantly better. They are arranged more systematically and have a great deal of additional material. A feature unique to the first Crompton edition is an index, by West, which does not appear in other editions. Despite Crompton's efforts, this work was gradually superseded by William Lambard's Eirenarcha (1581). OCLC locates 6 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, Library of Congress, San Francisco Law Library, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, Yale). The ESTC adds one more (Harvard). English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) S102178. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books T329.
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