Early English Edition of Pufendorf Pufendorf, Samuel von [1632-1694]. Barbeyrac, Jean [1674-1744], Annotator. [Kennet(t), Basil (1674-1715), Translator]. [Percivale, William, Translator]. Of the Law of Nature and Nations. Eight Books. Written in Latin by the Baron Puffendorf, Counsellour of State to His Late Swedish Majesty, And to the Late King of Prussia. Translated Into English by Basil Kennet, D.D. Late President of Corpus Christi College in Oxford. Carefully Corrected, With Two Tables. To Which are Now Added All the Large Notes of Mr. Barbeyrac, Translated from His Last Edition; Printed at Amsterdam in 1712. London: Printed for R. Sare, R. Bonwicke, T. Goodwyn, [et al.], 1717. [xxiv], 212, 242, 221-356, 359-390, 453-556, 559-577, , 531 [i.e. 131],  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Pagination irregular. Text complete. Folio (13-3/4" x 9"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, endpapers renewed, title page re-hinged. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampspotting to a few leaves, tiny hole to title page neat foot of gutter. An attractive copy. $1,250. * Third English edition. In 1662 Pufendorf was appointed to the first modern professorship in natural law (at the University of Heidelberg). In 1670 he became professor of natural law at the University of Lund in Sweden. First published in 1672, and first published in English in 1703, De Jure Naturae et Gentium is his principal work and a landmark in the history of natural and international law. It proposed a thorough system of private, public, and international law based on natural law. Beginning with a consideration of fundamental legal ideas and their various divisions, Pufendorf proceeded to a discussion of the validity of customs, the doctrines of necessity and innate human reason. The work is significant in part because it developed principles introduced by Grotius and Hobbes. Unlike Hobbes, Pufendorf argued that peace, not war, was the state of nature, and he proposed that international law was not restricted to Christendom. Our copy belonged to the eminent historian Brian Tierney [1922-2019], an expert on the relationship between church and state in medieval Europe. English Short-Title Catalogue T118565.
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