Deeply Influential International Law Treatise Zouch, Richard [1590-1661]. Juris et Judicii Fecialis, Sive Juris Intergentes, et Quaestionum de Eodem Explicatio, Qua Quead Pacem & Bellum Interdiversos Principes aut Populos Spectant, Expraecipuis Historico-Jure-Peritis, Exhibentur. The Hague: Johannis Verhoeve, 1659. xxiv, 384 pp. 12mo. (5" x 3"). Later three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title and gilt institution name to spine, edges marbled, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to top-edges of boards and corners. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, embossed and ink library stamps to title page, a few library markings to verso. $500. * Later printing of the second edition (Oxford, 1658). 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 several legal topics, but his lasting fame rests on the present work, which was first published in 1650. Drawing on the work of Gentili and Grotius, it was the first work to treat the law of nations as an ordered system, one in which the law of warfare played a subordinate role. It also helped to popularize the work of Grotius and Gentili and to make international law a part of English law. According to Holdsworth, this book succeeded for three reasons: "In the first place, (...) international law appeared for the first time in a compact and orderly form. In the second place, he so clearly defined it that no one in the future could be under any misapprehension as to its scope. In the third place, he originated the modern division of the subject into Peace and War." He notes, moreover, that "in his book the tradition, inherited from the medieval books, of grouping the whole subject round the rules of war, was finally abandoned." The influence of this study beyond the seventeenth century is evident in its inclusion in the series Classics of International Law by the Carnegie Foundation (Washington, 1911). Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 227. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:603.
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