Final Authorial 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 Nova cum Annotatis Auctoris. Accesserunt & Annotata in Epistolam Pauli ad Philemonem. Amsterdam: Apud Guilielmum Blaeuw, 1642. [xxiii], 601,  pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor stains, light wear to corners, early owner names and annotations to front pastedown and title page, front free endpaper lacking. Title page printed in red and black. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional (very) faint dampstaining to foot of text block, light foxing and minor inkstains to a few leaves. $1,350. * "Editio Nova," the final edition produced under the author's direction, with his final notes and corrections. 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, Printing and the Mind of Man 125 (citing first edition). Ter Muelen and Diermanse, Bibliographie des Ecrits Imprimes de Hugo Grotius 571.
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