The First English Writer on Jurisprudence Zouch Richard [1590-1661]. Elementa Jurisprudentiae, Definitionibus, Regulis & Sententiis Selectioribus Juris Civilis, Illustrata; Accesserunt Descriptiones Juris & Judicii, Sacri, Militaris, Et Maritimi. Amsterdam: Sumptibus Joh. Nevilsoni, . [x], 439 pp. Four parts with continuous pagination and divisional title pages. 12mo. (5" x 2-3/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine. Light toning to text. A handsome copy. $750. * Third edition, an issue of the Elzevier edition of 1652 with a cancel title page. One of England's greatest civilians, Zouch was an advocate of Doctors' Commons, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty and Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford. He published treatises on a broad range of legal topics and is best known for his contributions to international law. He is equally important as the first English writer to publish works on jurisprudence. Elementa Jurisprudentiae is an ambitious general study that lays out a general theory of general principles applicable to all branches and systems of legal science. The second, third and fourth parts, Descriptio Juris et Judicii Sacri; Ad Quam Leges, Quae Religionem, Et Piam Causam Respiciunt, Referuntur, Descriptio Juris & Judicii Militaris; Ad Quam Leges, Quae rem Militarem et Ordinem Personarum and Descriptio Juris et Judicii Maritimi; Ad Quam quae Navigationem et Negotiationem Maritimam Respiciunt, Referuntur are distinct essays on topics in English ecclesiastical law, the laws of war and military discipline and laws concerning ships and sea-borne cargo. The latter two essays also deal with international law. The first two editions were published in Oxford in 1629 and 1636. The following two editions, with different additional contents, were issued in Holland in 1652 and 1665. According to Willems, some copies of this title were printed by other printers, some with cancel title pages, others with counterfeit Elzevier title pages. See Willems, Les Elzevier: Histoire et Annales Typographiques 717.
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