First Edition of Pufendorf's First Major Treatise Pufendorf, Samuel von [1632-1694]. Elementorum Jurisprudentiae Universalis Libri II. The Hague: Ex Typographia Adriani Vlacq, 1660. [xiv], 384 pp. Octavo (6" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary vellum, faint early hand-lettered title to spine and rear board, large hand-lettered nineteenth-century owner name ("S.M. Hopkins") to front board, ribbon marker. Some soiling, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, small chip near foot of spine, front hinge starting. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places, very faint dampstaining to lower corner of rear half of text block, brief early annotation to front pastedown, illegible signature to front free endpaper, small nineteenth-century owner stamp ("Jo Watson) to front free endpaper and title page. Book housed in handsome recent blind-tooled calf clamshell box with marbled edges. $3,500. * First edition. Pufendorf's first important work, Elementorum Jurisprudentiae Universalis proposed a system of international law based on natural-law concepts drawn from Grotius and Hobbes, a geometrical scheme outlined by Erhard Weigel, his former mathematics teacher and his experiences during the Dano-Swedish war. (He was imprisoned by the Danes, which gave him the leisure to write this treatise.) Central to Pufendorf's investigation is the nature of right and wrong in principle and practice. Immediately acclaimed as a major work, it established Pufendorf's reputation. In 1662 he 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. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Northwestern, University of Minnesota). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 20:1074..
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