A Profound Example of Seventeenth-Century Scholarship Selden, John [1584-1654]. De Jure Naturali et Gentium, Juxta Disciplinam Ebraeorum, Libri Septem. Accessit Novae Huic Editioni Index Accuratus. Leipzig and Frankfurt: Apud Jeremiam Schrey, 1695. [xlviii], 892,  pp. Copperplate frontispiece, 7 plates, 3 folding, woodcut text illustrations. Text in Latin, with numerous texts quoted first in Hebrew or Arabic. Quarto (8" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title to spine, front endleaves renewed. Light soiling, spine ends and corners bumped, boards slightly bowed, armorial bookplate to front pastedown, rear free endpaper neatly removed. Copperplate pictorial title page, main title page printed in red and black, woodcut decorate initials and text illustration. The plates depict the presentation of the Ten Commandments, elevations of the Temple of Jerusalem and praying angels in the Temple. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier on places, spark burns to a few leaves, woodcut ornament clipped from title page and replaced with blank paper at an early date, internally clean. A nice copy. $950. * Fourth edition, one of two Schrey issues from 1695. First published in 1640, this is a landmark work in international law and natural law theory. It is also a fundamental work for a collection of Judaica. In Johnson's Memoirs of John Selden (1835), he describes this as "one of his most erudite works... Its design is supposed to have been suggested to him by Grotius's celebrated treatise `De Jure Belli et Pacis,' yet its method is totally different, and its motto from Lucretius, claims for its subject the merit of absolute novelty." This is also the work that caused John Milton to refer to Selden in Areopagitica as "the chief of learned me reputed in this land," and refers to "De Jure Naturali" as "that noble volume written by our learned Selden, of the Law of Nature and of Nations." Further, "De Jure Naturali" is named by Milton in Areopagitica as the source of his theistic conception of natural law and Samson names "the law of nature, law of nations" in his speech to Dalila at lines 890-91 in book two of Samson Agonistes. Finally, Milton makes extensive use of this work in all of his divorce tracts; this stands to reason, since the p.
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