Handsome Copy of Gronov's Important Edition of Grotius Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. Gronov (Gronow), Johannes, Editor. De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres: In Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium, Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur: Cum Annotatis Auctoris, Ex Postrema Ejus Ante Obitum Cura: Accesserunt Ejusdem Dissertatio de Mari Libero, & Libellus Singularis de Aequitate, Indulgentia, & Facilitate: Nec non Joann. Frid. Gronovii v.c. Notae in Totum Opus De Jure Belli ac Pacis. Amsterdam: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1712. [xiv], xxxiv, 946,  pp. Copperplate allegorical frontispiece, copperplate portrait of Grotius. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, hinges mended. Light rubbing to boards, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges mended. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves, corner lacking from corner of leaf Bb2 (pp. 387-188) with no loss to text. An attractive copy. $750. * Later Gronov edition. With side-notes and index. Of all his numerous works De Jure Belli ac Pacis will always be considered Grotius' magnum opus, the work upon which his reputation most solidly rests. "The distinction between religion and law or morality is not clearly made, but Grotius' principle of an immutable law, which God can no more alter than a mathematical axiom, was the first expression of the droit naturel, the natural law which exercised the great political theorists of the eighteenth century, and is the foundation of modern international law" (Carter and Muir). The first Gronov edition, one of the most important editions of Grotius, was published in 1663. This copy includes Mare Liberum, or Freedom of the Seas (1609), Grotius's influential treatise on maritime law and the right of free navigation. Carter and Muir, Printing and the Mind of Man 125. Ter Muelen and Diermanse, Bibliographie des Ecrits Imprimes de Hugo Grotius 596.
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