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SELDEN, John.
Mare Clausum seu De Dominio Maris Libri Duo.
London: William Stansby for Richard Meighen, , 1635. A classic of maritime law Folio (283 x 179 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked with original spine laid down, later red morocco label, triple blind rule to covers, red edges, metal clasps (re-attached). Early English vellum manuscript document used as binder's waste. Title page printed in red and black, 2 large, finely engraved maps in the text, together with 1 woodcut map and a number of woodcut illustrations, tables. Front pastedown separated, contemporary bookplate of Richard Grosvenor (1585-1645) to front board, 19th-century unlettered bookplate to both boards, contemporary pen trial to front endpaper. Initial and final blanks present. A couple of small chips to calf, very light browning at head of pages, tiny chip to p. 119 not affecting text, a few instances of faint finger-soiling. A very good copy, well-preserved, contents crisp. First edition of a "classic of maritime law" (JFB), originally drafted around 1619 at the request of James I for an Anglo-Dutch conference on fishing rights. Among the Dutch representatives was Hugo Grotius, whose Mare Liberum of 1609 had proposed that the seas were free to all. The English lawyer and antiquarian Selden's purpose was to establish the contrary, that "the lordship of the circumambient ocean belongs to the crown of Great Britain as an indivisible and perpetual appendage". The treatise was not published at the time, as some passages were felt to be potentially offensive to the King of Denmark, to whom James was deeply in debt at the time. In 1635, seeking to impress C … [Click Below for Full Description]
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