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Of the Law of Nature and Nations, Eight Books, Written in Latin by. Samuel von Pufendorf, Basil Kennett.
Of the Law of Nature and Nations, Eight Books, Written in Latin by...

Of the Law of Nature and Nations, Eight Books, Written in Latin by...

First English Edition of Pufendorf's Law of Nature and Nations Pufendorf, Samuel von [1632-1694]. [Kennett, Basil, Translator]. Of the Law of Nature and Nations. Eight Books. Written in Latin by the Baron Pufendorf, Counsellor of State to His Late Swedish Majesty, And to the Present King of Prussia. Translated Into English, From the Best Edition. With a Short Introduction. Oxford: Printed by L. Lichfield, For A. and J. Churchil, R. Sare [et al.], 1703. [xxvi], 27, [1], 239, [1], 273-400, 104, 107-231, [1], 143-262, [2] pp. Complete. Errata leaf at end of text, which is continuous despite pagination and register. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent calf, blind rules to boards, blind ornaments, blind fillets and red and black lettering pieces to spine, blind inside dentelles, edges of text block shaved, endpapers renewed, interior washed, title page backed and re-hinged. Occasional light foxing to margins, dampstaining to upper right-hand corners of final 53 leaves of text, brief annotations in early hands to several leaves, a few affected by trimming, extensive set of annotations to verso of errata leaf, owner signature ("W: Gamble, York 1797") to head of title page. A handsome copy. $3,500. * First edition in English of De Jure Naturae et Gentium, one of two issues by the same publishers from 1703. In 1662 Pufendorf was appointed to the first modern professorship in natural law (at the University of Heidelberg). In 1670 he became professor of natural law at the University of Lund in Sweden. First published in 1672, this is his principal work and a landmark in the history of natural and international law. It proposed a thorough system of private, public, and international law based on natural law. Beginning with a consideration of fundamental legal ideas and their various divisions, Pufendorf proceeded to a discussion of the validity of customs, the doctrines of necessity and innate human reason. The work is significant in part because it developed principles introduced by Grotius and Hobbes. Unlike Hobbes, Pufendorf argued that peace, not war, was the state of nature, and he proposed that international law was not restricted to Christendom. As noted by the ESTC, the preface, introduction and errata page are arranged differently in some copies. Sweet & Maxwell,

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