An Enlightenment-Era Update of Grotius Patin, [Charles-Philippe, Vicomte de] [1687-1773]. Le Commerce Maritime: Fonde sur le Droit de la Nature & des Gens, Sur l'Autorite des Loix Civiles & des Traitez de Paix, & Retabli Dans sa Liberte Naturelle. Traduit du Latin de M. Pattyn, Augmente & Enrichi des Notes de l'Auteur dans cette Edition. Malines: Chez Laurent Vander Elst, 1727. [x], 180, 174,  pp. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary speckled calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, marbled endpapers, edges rouged. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends, joints starting, corners bumped and somewhat worn, "No. 197" in tiny early hand to front pastedown, light toning to text. $1,500. * Only edition in French, and the second edition overall. (A Dutch translation was also published in the same year.) Expanded and augmented with notes, this is the final edition of Mare Liberum: Ex Jure Naturae, Gentium & Civili Assertum, Vindicatum, Redivivum (1726), a work affirming and updating the arguments advanced by Grotius in Mare Liberum (1609) from the perspective of Enlightenment thought. It is a fascinating document of the reception of Mare Liberum in the early 1700s. OCLC locates 6 copies of this edition in North America, 4 in law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Michigan). Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 130.
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