"First" American Edition of Vattel's Classic Treatise Vattel, [Emmerich] de [1714-1767]. The Law of Nations: Or Principles of the Law of Nature; Applied to the Conduct and Affairs of Nations and Sovereigns. A Work Tending to Display the True Interest of Powers. First American Edition, Corrected and Revised From the Latest London Edition. Translated from the French. New York: Printed and Sold by Samuel Campbell, 1796. xlviii, -563 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Later library cloth, red and black lettering pieces and ghost of shelf label to spine. Negligible light shelfwear and soiling, minor edgewear to lettering pieces. Light browning, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, clean tear to Leaf Aaa4 (p. 561-562) carefully mended with no loss to text, early owner annotations and signatures (of John W. Chandler, O.P. Chandler and Barnes Buckminster) to front endleaves, library stamps and marks to verso of title page and rear endleaves. $750. * "First" American edition, actually the second, based on the 1760 London edition. First published in 1758, this is one of the great treatises on international law. It was especially influential in America and was among the earliest law books reprinted there; the first American edition was published in New York in 1787. Jefferson ranked it with the works of Grotius, Pufendorf and Wolff. It was also cited more frequently than any other writer on international law in early U.S. courts. "Le Droit de Gens is certainly a work of the first magnitude. It modernized the whole theory and business of International Law, brought it out of the study into the field, the mart, the council chamber, and the palace. (...) He did indeed, much for nations, for he imposed upon them theories of moral rational development up to which it became, in a sense, necessary for them to live.": MacDonnell, The Great Jurists of the World 479, 504. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 7187.
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