Handsome Copy of an Important Early English Translation of De Jure Belli ac Pacis Grotius, Hugo [1535-1645]. [Morrice, John, Translator and Editor]. Of the Rights of War and Peace, In Three Volumes; In Which are Explain'd the Laws and Claims of Nature and Nations, And the Principal Points that Relate Either to Publick Government, Or the Conduct of Private Life. Together with the Author's Own Notes. Done into English by Several Hands; With the Addition of the Author's Life by the Translators. Dedicated to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. London: Printed for D. Brown, T. Ward and W. Meares, 1715. Three volumes. [xv], civ, 212; [iii], 648; [iii], 356,  pp. Publisher advertisement facing title page in each volume. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period style, raised bands, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spines, hinges mended. A few minor nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, copperplate armorial bookplates of George Baillie to front pastedown of each volume. Title pages printed in red and black. Light to moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves in each volume, two brief annotations to front endleaves of Volume I. A handsome set. $2,500. * First published in Paris in 1625, The Rights of War and Peace established the system of modern public international law. Grotius describes the situations in which war is a valid tool of law enforcement and outlines the principles of armed combat. Though based on Christian natural law, Grotius advanced the novel argument that his system would still be valid if it lacked a divine basis. In this regard he pointed to the future by moving international law in a secular direction. Recognized immediately as an important work, it was translated into the principal languages of Europe. The first English translation, by Clement Barksdale, was published in 1654 and reissued the following year. The second, by William Evats, was published in 1682. According to sources cited in the ESTC, the 1715 edition was translated and edited by Morrice with the assistance of Edward Littlehales and John Spavan. The English editions are very interesting to compare because they have significant differences. Baillie [1664-1738] was a Scottish politician who served in the Parliament of Scotland and the Parli.
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