Handsome Critical Edition of De Jure Belli ac Pacis Grotius, Hugo [1583-1645]. De Kanter-van Hettinga Tromp, B.J.A., Editor. De Iure Belli Ac Pacis Libri Tres: in Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium: Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1939. xvi, 917 pp. Folio (12-3/4" x 8"). Original three-quarter calf-stamped cloth over grass cloth-covered boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, cloth hinges. Light rubbing to extremities. Title page printed in red and black, text decorated with facsimiles of woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials from the first edition. Internally fine. Latin text with bibliographic notes at the bottom of the pages. A handsome book. $650. * A critical edition based on the 1631 text prepared by Grotius and incorporating variants from the original 1625 text with extensive annotations and references to individual editions. This landmark work established the framework of modern international law. It describes the situations in which war is a valid tool of law enforcement and outlines the principles of armed combat. Though based on Christian natural law, it advanced the novel argument that its system would still be valid if it lacked a divine basis. In this regard it pointed to the future by moving international law in a secular direction. Ter Meulen et Diermanse, Bibliographie de Grotius 617.
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