Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis: A Report on the Worldwide Census of the Sixth Edition (1642, 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 constitutes the sixth instalment in our series on the census and study of the reception of the first nine editions of De iure belli ac pacis (IBP). This edition has long held a prominent place in studies and editions of Grotius’s work since it was the last published during his lifetime. The report first outlines the genesis of the edition in the context of Grotius’s relationship with Johann Blaeu (1596-1673) and Cornelius Blaeu (1610-1642), who had recently inherited the Blaeu print firm from their father Willem. It then elucidates a number of crucial ways in which the 1642 edition differed from the five previous editions, especially via the addition of an extensive new series of annotations to IBP and a separate set addressed to the Epistle of Philemon. Finally, it concludes by providing the preliminary results of the census concerning the one hundred and twenty-two copies we have found.

Keywords: De iure belli ac pacis 1642, census bibliography, Johann Blaeu, Epistle to Philemon

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 Sixth Edition (1642, Blaeu) (January 25, 2023). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2023-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4337545

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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