Attractive Copy of Mare Liberum with a Handsome Pictorial Title Page Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. De Mari Libero. [With] Merula (Merel) Paulus van [1558-1607]. De Maribus. [And] Boxhorn, Marcus Zuerius [1612-1663]. Apologia Pro Navigationibus Hollandorum, Adversus Pontum Heuterum. [And] Boxhorn, Marcus Zuerius. Tractatus Pacis, Mutui Commercii, Sive Intercursus Navigationum, Confirmatus Londino Anno,  Inter Henricum Septimum Angliae Regem, & Philippum Archiducem Austriae, Burgundiae, &c. Leiden: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1633. 308 pp. The first two works preceded by (and listed on) copperplate pictorial general title page, third and fourth works preceded by divisional title pages. Octavo (2-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary vellum with lapped edges, early hand-lettered title to spine. Light soiling and a few minor stains, spine ends lightly bumped, small bit of glue residue to front pastedown. Light toning to text, light soiling to general title page, brief early annotation to rear free endpaper. $650. * Later edition. First published in 1609, Mare Liberum contained the core of Grotius's thought on freedom of navigation. Using a sophisticated argument based on natural law, and not on the written codes of Roman law, Grotius argued for the free navigation of the seas. More specifically, Grotius defended the actions of Dutch fishermen, who were attempting to operate near the English coast, and the Dutch East India Company, which was engaged in a territorial dispute in the Caribbean with Portuguese traders. Selden vigorously attacked his position in his Mare Clausum. Grotius' work was enormously influential on the later development of international law. Grotius's essay is complemented by those of Merel and Boxhorn. A treaty between Henry VII of England and Philip, Archduke of Austria is appended to the latter essay. Ter Meulen and Diermanse, Bibliographie de Grotius 545. Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 25 (1), 69 (3), 115 (4).
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