Early English Translation of De Jure Belli ac Pacis Grotius, Hugo [1535-1645]. [Morrice, John, Translator and Editor]. Of the Rights of War and Peace, In Three Volumes; In Which are Explain'd the Laws and Claims of Nature and Nations, And the Principal Points that Relate Either to Publick Government, Or the Conduct of Private Life. Together with the Author's Own Notes. Done into English by Several Hands; With the Addition of the Author's Life by the Translators. Dedicated to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. London: Printed for D. Brown, T. Ward and W. Meares, 1715. Three volumes. [xv], civ, 212; [iii], 648 [ii], 356,  pp. Title page of each volume preceded by publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands and gilt volume numbers to spines, speckled edges, gilt tooling to edges of boards. Minor nicks, scuffs and light stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, light gatoring to spines, boards beginning to separate but secure, early copperplate armorial bookplate to front pastedown of Volume I. Title pages printed in red and black. Light toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing. $2,500. * Third English-language edition. First published in Paris in 1625, The Rights of War and Peace established the system of modern public international law. Recognized immediately as an important work, it was translated into the principal languages of Europe. The first English translation, by Clement Barksdale, was published in 1654 and reissued the following year. The second, by William Evats, was published in 1682. According to sources cited in the ESTC, the 1715 edition was translated and edited by Morrice with the assistance of Edward Littlehales and John Spavan. The English editions differ considerably and are very interesting to compare. English Short-Title Catalogue T117018. Ter Meulen and Diermanse, Bibliographie de Grotius 634.
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