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Politike discoursen, handelende in ses onderschade boeken, van steeden, landen, oorlogen, kerken, regeeringen en zeeden ...
First edition of one of the earliest Dutch works of political theory and moral condition as set within republicanism. Johan de la Court (1622-60) and his brother Pieter (1618-85) were the sons of Protestant émigrés from Flanders who settled in Leiden around 1613. Both were political and economic theorists; during their lifetimes Pieter was held to be more capable of the two and so this Politike discoursen (i.e. Political discourse dealing in six books [with], cities, countries, wars, churches, governments and morals), published anonymously, was ascribed to Pieter, when in fact it was written by Johan and edited for publication by Pieter. Distinguished scholar Anthony Pagden identifies the importance of the brothers this way: "The first unequivocal expression of republicanism . . . appeared in the Dutch Republic after 1650 in the works of the De la Court brothers and Spinoza (The Languages of Political Theory in Early-Modern Europe, p. 188)." The importance beyond Holland of this work was underscored at a recent conference ("The Dutch Legacy -- The Radical Thinkers," Marburg, September, 2014) on the impact of works by the De la Courts, Franciscus van den Enden, Lodewijk Meyer and other radical thinkers on European Enlightenment generally."The work defends Johan de Witt's political views & was suppressed by the Staten Generaal. Bk. 3 contains discussion of European conquests, e.g., in the Indies; also discusses commerce and behavior toward conquered peoples, e.g., by Spain in America" (Alden & Landis). There were two editions of the work issued in 1662, the second appearing at Amsterdam as an 8vo; the STCN speculates that the printer cited on that title-page, I.C. vander Gracht, was a pseudonym used by the Hackius firm in Leiden. This volume begins with an engraved title-page by "P. Philippe," i.e., Pieter Phillipe, who flourished in the Hague in the 1660s. The text is printed in a large, easy to read roman with a three-line woodcut initial at the beginning of each discourse. Provenance: In the stock of B.M. Israel in 1959; sold as per invoice laid in to Dr. Frank Marshall Vanderhoof (American scholar, university librarian, private collector; 1919-2005).
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