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Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis: a Report on the Worldwide Census of the Second Edition (1626)

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Edward Jones CorrederaMax Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
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Lara MuschelMax Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
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Mark SomosMax Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
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Abstract

The first edition of Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis was published in Paris by Nicolas Buon in 1625. An unauthorised second edition appeared in Frankfurt a year later, from the reputable Wechel press. After Grotius made hundreds of changes to the first and second states of the first edition, and failed to convince the publisher Nicolas Buon of the merits of printing yet another edition of the book, the Wechels’s release of a new edition sought to capitalise on the high demand for the text, as copies had sold out in Central Europe by the summer of 1625. In this preliminary report on the 1626 edition, using online and card catalogues, we have located 59 surviving copies. We examined thirteen copies in person, and another three fully digitised copies online, and on the basis of this small sample we have been able to draw a number of conclusions. We hope that this research note on preliminary results will generate interest in this unduly neglected edition, and that readers will kindly bring further copies to our attention.

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