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. Two volumes. [xvi], 495, ; [x], 692 pp. Half-title lacking from Volume II. Octavo (7-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt titles to spines. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, mostly in Volume I, faint dampstaining to text block of Volume II, tear to upper inside corner of leaf B3 (pp.21-22) in Volume I, brief annotations to a few leaves in each volume. $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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