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Commentary on the Law of Prize and Booty: With Associated Documents
     

Commentary on the Law of Prize and Booty: With Associated Documents

by Hugo Grotius
 

ISBN-10: 0865974748

ISBN-13: 9780865974746

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated

The history of Commentary on the Law of Prize and Booty is complex. When Grotius’s personal papers were auctioned in The Hague in 1864, scholars discovered that Mare Liberum was just one chapter in a manuscript of 163 folios, written in justification of the capture of the Portuguese merchantman Santa Catarina in the Strait of

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The history of Commentary on the Law of Prize and Booty is complex. When Grotius’s personal papers were auctioned in The Hague in 1864, scholars discovered that Mare Liberum was just one chapter in a manuscript of 163 folios, written in justification of the capture of the Portuguese merchantman Santa Catarina in the Strait of Singapore in February 1603. Robert Fruin persuaded the scholar H. G. Hamaker to transcribe and publish it in 1868.

Knud Haakonssen, the General Editor of the Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics series, states, “Grotius’s work on the right of prize and booty is unusual. It has been argued in some of the most prominent recent scholarship that the work, while never published by Grotius himself, was the intellectual resource for much of his most important work. One chapter of the manuscript was used for his famous work on the free sea, Mare Liberum, and many of the most important features of his greatest work, De Jure Belli ac Pacis (The Rights of War and Peace), are either derived from, or revised versions of, the earlier writing.”

The Liberty Fund edition is based on the one prepared by Gwladys L. Williams and Walter H. Zeydel for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It combines the original text and new material.

Martine Julia van Ittersum is a Lecturer in History at the University of Dundee.

Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History and Director of the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865974746
Publisher:
Liberty Fund, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Natural Law Cloth
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Note on the Text xxiii

Acknowledgments xxix

COMMENTARY ON THE LAW OF PRIZE AND BOOTY I

Appendixes to the Liberty Fund Edition
I. Documents Listed by Grotius at the End of the Manuscript 503
II. Archival Documents Relating to De Jure Praedae 528

Bibliography for Introduction and Notes 557
Suggestions for Further Reading 561

Indexes
Carnegie Edition Index of Authors Cited 565
Carnegie Edition Subject Index 587

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