Early English Edition of Pufendorf's Law of Nature and Nations Pufendorf, Samuel von [1632-1694]. Barbeyrac, Jean [1674-1744], Prefatory Discourse. Of the Law of Nature and Nations. Eight Books. Written in Latin by the Baron Puffendorf. Done Into English by Basil Kennet. Carefully Corrected, with Two Tables. To Which Are Added All the Large Notes of Mr. Barbeyrac, Translated From the Best Edition; Together with Large Tables to the Whole. Carefully Corrected. To Which is Now Prefixed Mr. Barbeyrac's Prefatory Discourse, Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Science of Morality, and the Progress It has Made in the World, From the Earliest Times Down to the Publication of This Work. Done Into English by Mr. Carew. London: Printed for J. Walthoe, R. Wilkin, [et. al.], 1729. [xxiv], 316, 321-480, 477-878; [iv], 39, 44-88, ,  pp. Pagination irregular. Complete, but Barbeyrac's prefatory discourse is misbound at rear of text. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (13" x 8-1/2"). Nineteenth-century three-quarter calf over cloth, gilt fillets to boards, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed, hinges reinforced with cloth tape. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, joints cracked, later owner bookplate to front pastedown. Woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places. Early owner corrections in a miniscule hand, to passages in a few leaves, interior otherwise fresh. $950. * Fourth English edition. In 1662 Pufendorf was appointed to the first modern professorship in natural law (at the University of Heidelberg). In 1670 he became professor of natural law at the University of Lund in Sweden. First published in 1672, De Jure Naturae et Gentium is his principal work and a landmark in the history of natural and international law. It proposed a thorough system of private, public, and international law based on natural law. Beginning with a consideration of fundamental legal ideas and their various divisions, Pufendorf proceeded to a discussion of the validity of customs, the doctrines of necessity and innate human reason. The work is significant in part because it developed principles introduced by Grotius and Hobbes. Unlike Hobbes, Pufendorf argued th.
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