"The First True Scholar and Writer on Modern International Law" Gentili, Alberico [1552-1608]. De Legationibus, Libri Tres. Omnibus Omnium Ordinum Studiosis, Praecipue Vero Iuris Civilis Lectu Utiles, Ac Maxime Necessarii. Hanover: Apud Guilielmum Antonium, 1594. [xvi], 231,  pp. Octavo (5-3/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary flexible vellum, blind rules to boards surrounding gilt-stamped corner fleurons, front enclosing gilt image of a man kneeling in worship before a crucified Christ below owner initials "G.H." and above date "1595," rear enclosing image of the Christ Child, early hand-lettered title to spine, ties lacking. Light soiling, some rubbing to extremities, corners and spine ends bumped, small chip to upper corner of front cover, which has faint early owner initials, gilding oxidized, early library bookplate to front pastedown, tiny recent bookplate above it, front hinge cracked, minor worming to pastedowns and front endleaves. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, a few wormholes with no loss to legibility, light soiling to title page. A very desirable copy in a striking period vellum binding. $4,500. * Second edition. Gentili, an Italian jurist, was tutor to Queen Elizabeth I, a member of the Spanish Embassy in London and the Regius professor of civil law at Oxford. Widely considered Grotius's most important predecessor, Gentili was the "first true scholar and writer on modern international law as the law of the community of states" (Walker). His reputation in this field rests on two books, De Iure Belli Libri Tres (1598), a study of armed conflict, and De Legationibus (1585), a study of diplomats and diplomacy. Early editions of De Legationibus are scarce. OCLC locates 10 copies of the second edition, 4 in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, Yale). Walker, Oxford Companion to Law 518. Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachbereich Erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts G1260.
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