Grotius, Hugo [1535-1645]. [Scott, James Brown (1866-1943), Introduction]. De Jure Belli Ac Pacis Libri Tres. The Law of War and Peace. The [English] Translation of the 1646 Amsterdam edition by Johan Blaeu, by Francis W. Kelsey With the Collaboration of Arthur E.R. Boak, Henry A. Sanders, Jesse S. Reeves and Herbert F. Wright and an Introduction. Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1925. Reprint. Birmingham: Legal Classics Library, 1984. xlvi, 946,  pp. Calf with decorative gilt stamping, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Previous owner's bookplate on inside front pastedown, else fine. $85. * Reprinted from the Carnegie Classics of International Law series. Reproduction of the 1646 edition with scholarly apparatus and an extensive introduction. The final edition produced by the author, it contains material that does not appear in earlier editions. First published in Paris in 1625, it established the system of modern public international law, based on the concept of "droit naturel," a morality-based law that superseded the laws of individuals or nations. Though based on Christian natural law, Grotius advanced the novel argument that his system would still be valid if it lacked a divine basis. In this regard Grotius pointed to the future by moving international law in a secular direction.
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