The "Most Important" Edition of De Jure Belli ac Pacis Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. De Iure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres. In Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium: Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur. Editio Secunda Emendatior, & Multis Locis Auctior. Amsterdam: Apud Guilielmum Blaeuw, 1631. [xxiv], 554,  pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, faint early hand-lettered title to spine, later owner signature to front cover, edges rouged. Moderate soiling, spine darkened, some rubbing to extremities with wear to corners, pastedowns loose, chips, tears and other edgewear to endleaves. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to head of text block, underlining and annotations in a few places, light soiling and some creases and edgewear to title page. $4,000. * Second edition, the first edition in a folio format, the first edition printed in Amsterdam and the first edition with corrections and additions by the author. Ter Meulen and Diermanse say this is the "most important" of the first five editions because it contains the most authorial corrections, which made it the basis for all later editions produced in the author's lifetime. Of all his numerous works De Jure Belli ac Pacis will always be considered Grotius's magnum opus, the work upon which his reputation most solidly rests. It 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 edition was published in Paris 1625. It was followed by a pirate edition printed in Frankfurt in 1626. The 1631 Amsterdam printing was the authorized second edition of this work. Carter and Muir, Printing and the Mind of Man 125 (citing first edition). Ter Muelen and Diermanse, Bibliographie des Ecrits Imprimes de Hugo Grotius 567.
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