First Edition of the Standard English Textbook on Grotius Rutherforth, Thomas [1712-1771]. Institutes of Natural Law Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures on Grotius de Jure Belli et Pacis Read in S. Johns College Cambridge. In Which are Explaned the Rights and Obligations of Mankind Considered as Individuals. Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham, Printer to the University; For W. Thurlbourn [et al.], 1754. 2 volumes. [xvi], 495, ; [x], 692 pp. Half-title lacking from Volume II. Octavo (7-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Nineteenth-century calf, lettering pieces and gilt ornaments to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing and scuffing, front joints cracked, rear joints starting, a few cracks to text blocks. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, mostly in Volume I, faint dampstaining to text block of Volume II, brief early annotations to a few leaves in Volume I, part-erased early owner initials to head of title page. $1,250. * First edition. This exposition of natural law and De Jure Belli et Pacis was one of the most important English treatises of the period. It was a standard text in Great Britain and America for several decades. As late as 1847, Marvin observed that Rutherforth was still "considered one of the ablest commentators upon Grotius" because "[h]is work is clearly and logically written, and exhibits great acuteness, sound argument, and learning." This book is from the library of William Dillard, a learned judge from Amherst, Virginia. Legal Bibliography 625. English Short-Title Catalogue T142202.
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