With an Attractive Allegorical Title Page Grotius, Hugo [1535-1645]. De Iure [Jure] Belli Ac Pacis Libri Tres, In Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium, Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur. Editio Nova Cum Annotatis Auctoris, ex Postrema Ejus Ante Obitum Cura Accesserunt Annotata in Epistolam Pauli ad Philemonem, et Dissertatio de Mari Libero. Amsterdam: Apud Joannem Blaeu, 1670. [viii], xviii, 620, , , 28,  pp. With copperplate portrait of Grotius and copperplate allegorical title page. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt and blind frames and corner fleurons to boards, rebacked with gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, edges of text block rouged, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and a few minor scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to head of front joint, which is starting, corners bumped and worn, hinges cracked, faint offsetting to endpapers, early ownership signature (of W. Burton) to verso of copperplate portrait, which is trimmed at left margin with possible minor loss to image. Attractive copperplate allegorical title page by Romeyn De Hooghe [1645-1708] followed by second title page printed in red and black with small woodcut printer device, woodcut initials. Light toning to interior, light soiling and foxing to a few leaves, tiny ink annotation to second title page. An appealing copy. $1,500. * Reissue of the 1667 Blaeu edition, which is based on the final edition produced by the author. With De Mari Libero and the Annotata in Epistolam Pauliad Philemonem, a commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to Philemon. 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the system of modern public international law, based on the concept of "droit naturel," a morality-based law that superseded the laws of individuals or nations.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. De Hooge was an important Dutch artist best known for his engravings and etchings. He also produced illustrations for books, and his work can be found in some of the most important texts of the period. Ter Meulen and Diermanse, Bibliographie de G.
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