Very rare publication of Hugo Grotius
Anonymous (Hugo Grotius) - Commentatio ad locam quaedam N. Testamenti quae de Antichristo agunt aut agere putantur, expendenda eruditie - Amsterdam, Apud Ioh. Et Cornelium Blaeu (Joan and Cornelis Blaeu), 1640 - 55 pp. - 9 × 15 cm.
- (Idem) - Explicatio trium utilissimorum locorum N. Testamenti [...] - , Amsterdam, Apud Ioh. Et Cornelium Blaeu, 1640 - 86 pp.
- (Idem) - Explicatio Decalogi [...] - , Amsterdam, Apud Ioh. Et Cornelium Blaeu, 1640 - 92 pp.
Condition: very good condition. Complete copy. Firmly bound in a contemporary vellum binding. Crisp bookblock. Strange brown spot. Ex-libris
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Hugo de Groot (Delft, 10 April 1583 - Rostock, 28 August 1645) was a Dutch lawyer and writer. He is internationally known as Hugo Grotius and is sporadically referred to in older texts as Huig de Groot.
De Groot wrote Latin tragedies and poems, theological treatises and Dutch poems. His most important works are historical and legal works. His most important work is ‘De iure belli ac pacis’ (On the Law of War and Peace) from 1625. It forms the basis of modern international law. He is also known for his plea for free access to the sea (and free trade), the Mare Liberum (1609), recovered and first published in 1864. Modern legal historians consider him one of the greatest lawyers ever. Grotius has had an immense influence on international public law; his ideas regarding the shipping industry, for example, dominate most of today's maritime law. Grotius can be classified in the school of humanists. It is generally agreed that Grotius advocated ‘Vernunftrecht’ (natural law), but this is a misconception, since his law is not yet autonomous and not independent of God. He was the first to take the step towards an autonomous natural law, the ius naturale being valid according to Grotius even if God did not exist. He may therefore be regarded as a forerunner of the great natural law thinkers.
At a young age he wrote the Annales et historiae de rebus Belgicis. Of more historical importance than these ‘Nederlantsche Jaerboeken en Historien’ was his book on the ‘Oudtheyt vande Batavische nu Hollandsche Republique’. In the latter work, Grotius shows that the States have always been sovereign. Historically speaking, Grotius's position is untenable, but his treatise, which of course was to the liking of the States of Holland, acquired significance because when it came to their position, the States of Holland used to refer to Grotius.
Hugo Grotius married Maria van Reigersberch (1589-1653) in 1608. They had three sons and a daughter. His second son Pieter de Groot also became a jurist and later pensionary of Rotterdam. (Cf. Wikipedia)
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- Commentatio ad locam quaedam N. Testamenti quae de Antichristo agunt aut agere putantur, expendenda
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
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- Joan en Cornelis Blaeu
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- 15×9 cm