HORNE’S MIRROR OF JUSTICES, 1642 FIRST EDITION
HORNE, Andrew. La Somme Apelle Mirroir des Justices vel Speculum Justiciariorum. London: for Matthew Walbancke and Richard Best, 1642. 24mo in eights, early calf expertly rebacked, red morocco spine label. $1250.
First edition, in Law French, published four years before the first edition in English.
“To Edward II’s reign, or perhaps to the end of his father’s, we must attribute the interesting but dangerous Mirrour of Justices of Andrew Horne, fishmonger and town clerk of London. It is the work of one profoundly dissatisfied with the administration of the law by the king’s judges” (Maitland II:46). Text in French, printed in black letter. Complete with 148 leaves, with considerable mispagination (as issued). Wing H2790. Sweet & Maxwell 18. NYU, 38. Harvard Law Catalogue, I: 953. Marvin, 396.
Leaf A7 worn at fore-edge, not affecting text. Very good condition.