Four Works on Jurisprudence, Military Law, Naval Law and Civil Law by an Important English Civilian Zouch, Richard [1590-1661]. Elementa Jurisprudentiae, Definitionibus, Regulis & Sententiis Selectioribus Juris Civilis, Illustrata; Acceserunt, Descriptiones Juris & Judicii, Sacri, Militaris, et Maritimi. Leiden: Apud Johannem & Danielem Elsevirios, 1652. [xii], 439 pp. Four works in one with continuous pagination. First work preceded by general title page, others preceded by half-titles. 12mo. (5" x 3"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine. A few minor stains, corners and spine ends bumped, rear board slightly bowed, front free endpaper lacking, front hinge cracked, some edgewear to rear free endpaper. Light toning to text, negligible light soiling to title page. A handsome copy. $750. * 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 he is best known for his contributions to international law. The present volume contains four important treatises. Elementa Jurisprudentiae (1629) is an ambitious general study that lays out a general theory of legal science. It includes sections on the philosophy of law, civil law, military law and maritime law. The other titles develop topics outlined in Elementa Jurisprudentiae. Descriptio Juris et Judicii Sacri (1636) concerns English ecclesiastical law, Descriptio Juris & Judici Militaris (1640) addresses military law and Descriptio Juris et Judicii Maritimi (1640) deals with the law of ships and sea-borne cargo. According to Willems, some copies of this book were printed by van der Marse, de Croy and Hackius with counterfeit title pages. It is difficult to distinguish these from copies produced by the Elzeviers. Willems, Les Elzevier: Histoire et Annales Typographiques 717.
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