Commentary on the Law of Prize and Booty (Natural Law Paper) by Hugo Grotius

By Hugo Grotius

The background of Commentary at the legislations of Prize and Booty is complicated. whilst Grotius’s own papers have been auctioned within the Hague in 1864, students came upon that Mare Liberum used to be only one bankruptcy in a manuscript of 163 folios, written in justification of the seize of the Portuguese merchantman Santa Catarina within the Strait of Singapore in February 1603. Robert Fruin persuaded the coed H. G. Hamaker to transcribe and submit it in 1868.Knud Haakonssen, the overall Editor of the normal legislation and Enlightenment Classics sequence, states, “Grotius’s paintings at the correct of prize and booty is rare. it's been argued in essentially the most widespread fresh scholarship that the paintings, whereas by no means released through Grotius himself, was once the highbrow source for a lot of his most vital paintings. One bankruptcy of the manuscript used to be used for his well-known paintings at the loose sea, Mare Liberum, and lots of of an important good points of his maximum paintings, De Jure Belli ac Pacis (The Rights of warfare and Peace), are both derived from, or revised types of, the sooner writing.”The Liberty Fund version is predicated at the one ready through Gwladys L. Williams and Walter H. Zeydel for the Carnegie Endowment for foreign Peace. It combines the unique textual content and new material.
Martine Julia van Ittersum is a Lecturer in historical past on the collage of
Knud Haakonssen is Professor of highbrow historical past and Director of the Centre for highbrow heritage on the college of Sussex, England.

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