Interesting Essays on Government and Parliament by a Notable Seventeenth-Century Dutch Scholar [Boxhorn, Marcus Zuerius (1612-1653)]. Arcana Imperii Detecta: Or, Divers Select Cases in Government; More Particularly, Of the Obeying the Unjust Commands of a Prince. Of the Renunciation of a Right to a Crown. Of the Proscription of a Limitted Prince and his Heirs. Of the Trying, Condemning and Execution of a Crowned Head. Of the Marriage of a Prince and Princess. Of the Detecting Conspiracies Against a Government. Of Subjects Revolting from a Tyrannical Prince. Of Excluding Foreigners from Publick Employments. Of Constituting Extraordinary Magistrates upon Extraordinary Occasions. Of Subjects Anticipating the Execution of Laws. Of Tolleration of Religion. Of Peace and War, &c. With The Debates, Arguments and Resolutions of the Greatest Statesmen in Several Ages and Governments Thereupon. London: Printed for James Knapton, 1701. [xvi], 366,  pp. Includes two-page publisher list at rear of text; another one-page list opposite p.1. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Nineteenth-century tree calf, gilt spine with lettering piece, "189" gilt-stamped to foot, endleaves renewed, ribbon marker. Moderate rubbing to extremities, some wear to spine ends and corners, front board beginning to separate but secured by cords, partial crack between final leaf of text and adjacent endleaf, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown, small recent image of Boxhorn affixed to front free endpaper. Light toning to text, light foxing in a few places. $650. * Only edition. Compiled posthumously, this book is a fine introduction to the political and legal scholarship of one of the most interesting thinkers of the seventeenth century. Boxhorn, a prominent linguist, historian and political theorist, was a professor at the University of Leiden. A remarkably prolific scholar, his work stands on the cusp of late-Renaissance humanism and the early-Enlightenment thought epitomized by such philosophers as Hobbes and Pufendorf. He admired England's Parliament and had a keen interest in the history and institutions of English law and government. OCLC locates 9 copies in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue T116021.
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