Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis: A Report on the Worldwide Census of the Fifth Edition (1632, Blaeu)

Posted: 25 Jan 2023

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Edward Jones Corredera

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Pablo Nicolas Dufour

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Lara Muschel

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Emanuele Salerno

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Timothy Twining

University of Cambridge - Faculty of History

Mark Somos

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: January 25, 2023

Abstract

This article provides new information on the printing and readership history of the fifth edition of De iure belli ac pacis (IBP). Building on our earlier research on the way that the dispute between Willem Janszoon Blaeu and Johannes Janssonius influenced the publication of the 1631 edition of the text, this article studies how Blaeu harnessed his position to make the 1632 edition more reputable than the earlier version published by his rival. The article considers how, over four centuries, readers have appreciated the quality of the production and three engaged with the text for radically different ends: Remigius Faesch, Baron von Boineburg, and Wendell Phillips. The article draws attention to the changes and continuities in reading and annotation patterns and offers preliminary insights into the themes that these influential readers focused on. We hope that it will inspire readers to bring further copies to our attention.

Keywords: De iure belli ac pacis 1632 Blaeu, census bibliography, book history

Suggested Citation

Jones Corredera, Edward and Dufour, Pablo Nicolas and Muschel, Lara Yuki and Salerno, Emanuele and Twining, Timothy and Somos, Mark, Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis: A Report on the Worldwide Census of the Fifth Edition (1632, Blaeu) (January 25, 2023). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2023-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4337531

Edward Jones Corredera

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

Pablo Nicolas Dufour

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

Lara Yuki Muschel

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

Emanuele Salerno

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

Timothy Twining

University of Cambridge - Faculty of History ( email )

West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9EF
United Kingdom

Mark Somos (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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