Selden, John. Mare Clausum. Of the Dominion, or, Ownership of the Sea. Two Books: In the First, is Shew'd that the Sea, by the Law of Nature, or Nations, is Not Common to All Men but Capable of Private Dominion or Proprietie as well as the Land in the Second, is Proved That the Dominion of the British Sea, or That Which Incompasseth the Isle of Great Britain, is, and Ever Hath Been, a Part or Appendant of the Empire of that Island. Written at First in Latin and Entituled Mare Clausum, Seu, De Dominio Maris. Translated into English and set Forth with Som Additional Evidences and Discourses by Marchmont Nedham. London: William Du-Gard, 1652. xliii, 200, 37 pp. Reprinted 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-272-7. Cloth. $110. * Reprint of the first edition in English. Mare Clausum (Dominion of the Sea) is the most famous British reply to the argument of Grotius's Mare Liberum, which denied the validity of England's claim to the high seas south and east of England. Selden [1584-1654], argued that England's jurisdiction extends, in fact, to all waters surrounding the isles. His use of common-law principles to rebut Grotius's philosophical argument is quite impressive. Holdsworth notes that his case was enriched by "a vast historical knowledge," replete with references to the customs of peoples from the times of the Greeks to his time.": Holdsworth, A History of English Law V: 10-11.
Selden, John. Titles of Honor. Carefully Corrected With Additions and Amendments by the Author. London: E. Tyler and R. Holt, 1672. [xxxiv], 756 pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Text illustrated with woodcuts and copperplate engravings. [xxxiv], 756 pp. (9" x 12"). With a new introduction by Stephen M. Sheppard. Reprint available August 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-410-X. Cloth. $195. * Reprint of the third edition. With a eulogy by Ben Jonson. Bibliographical references in margins. Selden's [1584-1654] great historical work on nobility begins with a general discussion of titles and nobility. The following chapters consider the nobility of ancient Greece and Rome, Europe, the British Isles, the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, the Middle East and Asia. The final chapters survey various aspects of ceremony and precedence. First published in 1614, this work went through three editions. The third is the best as it contains substantial additions. The text is complemented with numerous illustrations of court dress, insignia and maps.
Selden, John. Tracts Written by John Selden of the Inner-Temple, Esquire. The first Entituled, Jani Anglorum Facies Altera, rendred into English, with large Notes thereupon, by Redman Westcot, Gent. The Second, England's Epinomis. The Third, Of the Original of Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions of Testaments. The Fourth, Of the Disposition or Administration of Intestates Goods. The Three last never before Extant. London: Printed for Thomas Basset at the George in Fleet-Street, and Richard Chiswell, 1683. [xxxiii], 131; , 39; , 24 pp. With a new introduction by Stephen M. Sheppard. Reprint available August 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-408-8. Cloth. $195. * Reprint of first edition. In three parts; each part has separate title page; the last two tracts form the third part. Included are four works: The Reverse or Back-Face of the English Janus. To-wit, all that is met with in story concerning the Common and Statute-Law of English Britanny, from the first memoirs of the two nations to the decease of Henry II...Written in Latin...; England's Epinomis; Two Treatises Written by John Selden...The First, Of the Original of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of testaments: The Second, Of the Disposition or Administration of Intestates Goods. The first tract Jani Anglorum... (The Reverse or Back-Face of the English Janus) begins John Selden's [1584-1654] study of the sources of English common law and the English constitution. This is carried through to the Magna Carta in the second tract, England's Epinomis. Holdsworth regards Selden "as the first scientific historian of English law" and goes on to state: "...his great intellectual qualities justify us in regarding him both as the pioneer of the select band of English legal historians, and one of the most eminent of its representatives." Holdsworth, The Historians of Anglo-American Law 50-51. Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection at New York University (1953) 146. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations I:42(33). Catalogue of the Library of the Law School of Harvard University (1909) II:557.
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