Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. De Jure Praedae Commentarius. Volume II. [complete, containing] The collotype reproduction of the original manuscript of 1604 in the handwriting of Grotius. Facsimile of the original 1604 manuscript in the handwriting of Grotius. Oxford and London: Clarendon Press, 1950. Reprinted Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 1995. viii, 163 pp. Hardcover. New. $127. * Carnegie Classics of International Law series. Written between 1604 and 1605, De Jure Praedae [On the Law of Prize], which remained in manuscript until 1868, is the earliest significant legal work by Hugo Grotius [1583-1645]. His discussion of prize is not restricted to issues of legality; he seeks to determine also whether the capture of enemy material is honorable or expedient. He pursues these issues through an elegant argument based on natural law. Remarkable for its intellectual finesse and literary quality, De Jure Praedae is equally significant as the source of two of his most important writings. Mare Liberum (1609) is based on one of its chapters. It also contains an early version of De Jure Belli et Pacis (1625). In this regard, the book offers a valuable introduction to the issues explored in these later works. Volume I, which is available separately, contains the translation of the original manuscript of 1604, by Gwladys L. Williams, with the collaboration of Walter H. Zeydel.
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