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HVGONIS GROTII DE IVRE BELLI AC PACIS LIBRI TRES, IN QUIBUS JUS NATURAE & GENTIUM, ITEM JURIS PUBLICI PRAECIPUA EXPLICANTUR ... EDITIO NOVA, CUM ANNOTATIS AUCTORIS, EX POSTREMA EJUS ANTE OBITUM CURA MULTO NUNC AUCTIOR
Amsterdam: Johann Blaeu, 1650. [24],618,[45]pp. Contemporary vellum over boards, manuscript spine title. Bookplate of Arthur Houghton on front pastedown, 19th century academic ownership inscription on front pastedown, a few scattered early annotations and underscores, moderate scattered foxing, tanning and occasional spotting, bound without binder's endsheets, otherwise a very good copy. A corrected edition of Grotius's masterwork of legal theory, begun by him in 1604, and completed after his escape to Paris in 1621. The first edition was published there in 1625, his reputation was soon established throughout Europe and this work was reprinted frequently and translated thereafter. Blaeu first published this text, with Grotius's final corrections, annotations and enhancements in 1642. "This was the first attempt to lay down a principle of right, and a basis for society and government outside of Church or Scripture ... Grotius's principle of an immutable law, which God can no more alter than a mathematical axiom, was the first expression of the 'droit naturel' ...and is the foundation of modern international law" - PMM. MEULEN/DIERMANSE 574. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 125.
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