The First English Translation of Grotius Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. [Barksdale, Clement (1609-1687), Editor and Translator]. The Illustrious Hugo Grotius: Of the Law of Warre and Peace, With Annotations. III. Parts. And Memorials of the Author's Life and Death. London: Printed by T. Warren, For William Lee, 1655. [lxxx], [ii], 660, [82 of 92] pp. Lacking index. Two-page list of biblical references misbound at beginning of text after [p. lxxx]. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Eight-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, early rebacking with raised bands and gilt title, repairs to corners, hinges mended. Some rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, a few minor scuffs to boards, hinges partially cracked. Moderate toning to text, some edgewear and minor tears to preliminaries, repair to fore-edge of frontispiece (with no loss to text). Underlining and annotations in a few places, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front free endpaper. A scarce title. $1,000. * Reissue of the first English translation, 1654, one of two from 1655, the other with a cancel title page identifying the editor as "C.B." First published in 1625 De Jure Belli et Pacis, this momentous work describes situations in which war is a valid tool of law enforcement and outlines principles for the use of force. Though based on Christian natural law, Grotius advances the novel argument that his system would still be valid if it lacked a divine basis. In this regard he points to the future by moving international law in a secular direction. Barksdale's annotated translation, the first in English, appeared in 1654. It includes an original biographical sketch of the author. Barksdale edited this work considerably and added numerous annotations to add a stronger Christian component. These editorial changes reflect contemporary debates about the nature of foreign policy and the roles of civil and ecclesiastical authority. English Short-Title Catalogue R16252. Ter Meulen and Diermanse, Bibliographie de Grotius 628.
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