Selden's Reply to Grotius Bound with a Reply to Selden by Pontanus Selden, John [1584-1654]. Mare Clausum Seu De Dominio Maris Libri Duo. I. Mare, Ex Iure Naturae seu Gentium, Omnium Hominum non Esse Commune, Sed Dominii Privati seu Proprietatis Capax, Pariter ac Tellurem, Esse Demonstratur. II. Serenissimum Magnae Britanniae Regem Maris Circumflui, Ut Individuae Atque Perpetuae Imperii Britannici Appendicis, Dominum Esse Asseritur. Accedunt Marci Zuerii Boxhornii Apologia pro Navigationibus Hollandorum Adversus Pontum Heuterum, Et Tractatus Mutui Commercii & Navigationis Inter Henricum VII. Regem Angliae & Philippum Archiducem Austriae. London [i.e. Amsterdam?]: Iuxta exemplar Will. Stanesbeii pro Richardo Meighen, 1636. [xxiv], 504; 61,  pp. Woodcut text illustrations, two copperplate maps, two woodcut plates. [Bound with] Pontanus, Johannes Isacius [1571-1639]. Barreiros, Gaspar. Discussionum Historicarum Libri Duo: Quibus Praecipue Quatenus et Quodnam Mare Liberum vel non Liberum Clausumque Accipiendum Dispicitur Expenditurque. Accedit, Praeter Alia, C. Varrerii, Lusitani, De Ophyra Regione et ad Eam Navigatione Commentarius. Harderwijk: Excudebat Nicolaus a Wieringen, Gymanisij Typographus, 1637. [xvi], 431,  pp. Later library cloth, red and black lettering pieces and a bit of shelf label residue to spine. Light shelfwear and soiling. Title pages printed in red and black. Moderate toning to text, light edgewear and small library stamp to title page of Mare Clausum. $850. * Selden: Second edition, one of three issues from 1636; Pontanus: only edition. Selden's Mare Clausum (Dominion of the Sea) is the most famous British reply to the argument of Grotius's Mare Liberum, which denied the validity of England's claim to the high seas south and east of England. Selden argues that England's jurisdiction extends, in fact, to all waters surrounding the isles. "Like all the works of Selden, the book is of tremendous erudition.... It is not like Grotius's work, based on large philosophical principles, but it exhibits a vast historical knowledge, and is fortified at every point with authority from record, statute, case-book and chronicle" (Fletcher). Selden's essay invited further responses, Pontanus's among them. Pontanus was an important historian and geographer who taught at the Gelderse.
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