The First Systematic Treatise on International Law by An English Author Manning, W[illiam] Oke [1809-1878]. Commentaries on the Law of Nations. London, S. Sweet; Milliken and Son, Dublin; and Clark, Edinburgh, 1839. xxviii, 390 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary paper-covered boards, printed paper title label to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, some chipping to spine ends. Light toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. A remarkably fresh copy in its contemporary state. $750. * First edition. Manning's was the first systematic treatise on international law by a native British author. "Manning's book was noticeable for its historical method, its appreciation of (...) the ethical and customary elements in international law (...) [and] for the exactness of its reasoning and artistic completeness" (DNB). A popular textbook, it was cited as an authority in the courts. A second edition edited by Sheldon Amos was published in 1875. It is cited in recent scholarship for its relevance to Victorian England and the legal framework of the British Empire in such works as Bell, ed., Victorian Visions of Global Order: Empire and Relations in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (2007) and Fitzmaurice, Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000 (2014). Dictionary of National Biography XII:959. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:232.
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