With Two Important Essays on International Law Bynkershoek, Cornelius van [1673-1743]. Opera Minora, Olim Separatim, Nunc Conjunctim Edita. Recensuit & Nonnulla Addidit Auctor. Indicem Operum Exhibet Pagina, Quae Generalem Praefationem Excipit. Leiden: Apud Joannem van der Linden, 1730. [xiv], 571,  pp. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary paneled vellum, large central arabesques to boards, raised bands and faint traces of lettering piece to spine. A few minor spots to baords, which are lightly bowed, front joint starting at ends, head of spine bumped. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places. $950. * First edition. Bynkershoek was a Dutch jurist who founded the positive school of international law, which held that usage and practice were more important than deductions drawn from natural law. He was also the first to propose that a nation may claim sovereignty over waters adjacent to territory. (His limit was three miles from shore, which was the range of a cannonball fired from land.) Respected during his lifetime, his works are still consulted today. This collection of "minor works" actually contains two of his most important essays: "Dissertation de Domino Maris (Dissertation on the Sovereignty of the Sea)" and "De Foro Legatorum, Tam in Causa Civili, Quam Criminali (On the Jurisdiction Over Ambassadors in Both Civil and Criminal Cases)." The other five essays address aspects of Roman and Dutch law. Later editions of this work were published in 1744 and 1752. Dekkers, Bibliotheca Belgica Juridica 15.
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