Two of Bynkershoek's Most Important Works Bynkershoek, Cornelius van [1673-1743]. Conradi, Franz Karl [1701-1748], Editor. Opuscula Varii Argumenti, Nunc Primum Collecta Atque in Duos Tomos Distributa. Cum Praefatione D. Francisci Caroli Conradi. Halle: Sumtibus Ern. Gottl. Crugii, 1729. Two volumes. [iv], 5-28, , -424, ; [ii], 3-407,  pp. [Bound with] Bynkershoek, Cornelius van. Heineccius, Johann Gottlieb [1681-1741]. Observationum Juris Romani Libri Quatuor. In Quibus Plurima Juris Civilis Aliorunque Auctiorum Loca Explicantur & Emendantur. Frankfurt: Apud Ernest. Gottl. Krugium, 1723. [xlix], 446,  pp. Quarto (8" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine, edges rouged. Light rubbing and soiling, small vertical tear to head of spine, vellum beginning to crack through pastedowns. Title pages of Opuscula, Volume I, and Observationum printed in red and black, woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, somewhat darker in places. Early owner annotations in tiny hand to front free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Shelf-label residue to spine, small inkstamps to title page and verso. A nice copy. $500. * Later editions. Bynkershoek was a renowned Dutch jurist who founded the positive school of international law, which held that usage and practice were more important than doctrines drawn from natural law. His works are still consulted today. First published in 1719, Opuscula, an essay collection on Roman law, addresses topics in maritime and international relations, the legal rights of unwanted and abandoned children, abortion and infanticide. The essays on children reflect Bynkershoek's debate on this topic with his distinguished contemporary Gerard Noodt [1647-1725]. The notoriety of this exchange, which became acrid and lasted several years, did much to promote their circulation. First published in 1710, Observationum, a summation of his studies on Roman civil and criminal law, was a standard reference in Dutch universities until the nineteenth century. Heineccius, the editor of the present edition, was a prominent German jurist and a professor of jurisprudence and philosophy at Halle. A companion volume was issued in 1733. "Bynkershoek was undoubtedly a man of rare int.
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