Handsome Copy of Gronov's Important Edition of Grotius Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. Gronov (Gronow), Johannes, Editor. De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres: In Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium, Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur: Cum Annotatis Auctoris, Ex Postrema Ejus Ante Obitum Cura: Accesserunt Ejusdem Dissertatio de Mari Libero, & Libellus Singularis de Aequitate, Indulgentia, & Facilitate: Nec non Joann. Frid. Gronovii v.c. Notae in Totum Opus De Jure Belli ac Pacis. Amsterdam: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1712. [xiv], , 158; 159-636; 537-946 pp. Complete; divided into three books, index bound before p.1 of first book. Copperplate allegorical frontispiece, copperplate portrait of Grotius. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Nineteenth-century morocco, gilt rules and corner fleurons to boards, raised bands and gilt titles and compartments to spines, all edges gilt, gilt tooling to board edges, gilt inside dentelles, marbled endpapers, ribbon markers. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Light to moderate toning, light foxing in a few places in each book, early owner inscription to verso of front free endpaper of first book. A handsome set. $1,250. * Later Gronov edition. With side-notes and index. Of all his numerous works De Jure Belli ac Pacis will always be considered Grotius' magnum opus, the work upon which his reputation most solidly rests. "The distinction between religion and law or morality is not clearly made, but Grotius' principle of an immutable law, which God can no more alter than a mathematical axiom, was the first expression of the droit naturel, the natural law which exercised the great political theorists of the eighteenth century, and is the foundation of modern international law" (Carter and Muir). The first Gronov edition, one of the most important editions of Grotius, was published in 1663. Our 1712 copy includes Mare Liberum, or Freedom of the Seas (1609), Grotius's influential treatise on maritime law and the right of free navigation. As indicated by his title, Grotius's study is in three parts, designated "three books" (Libri Tres). An owner of this copy took that statement literally and had it bound as a three-book set. The index was also moved to the beginning of the first book. Carter and Muir, Printing and the Mind of Man 125. Ter Muelen and Dierma.
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