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Using The Work. Remarks On The Text Of De Iure Praedae

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This chapter shows that all scholars writing on De iure praedae should refer to the extant manuscript of the work, or to the new electronic edition when it becomes available, to check the passages they use in their arguments. The printed text as edited by Hamaker, though generally reliable as a nineteenth-century edition, must now be considered outdated because of its suppression of all previous stages of the text, as well as its replacement of the original punctuation with a new one, which more than once does affect the meaning of the text. Hamaker's edition gives no authentic image of the sources of Hugo Grotius's thought. The chapter presents some preliminary conclusions about the usefulness of Hamaker's edition and about Grotius's revisions of the text, his use of sources, and the nature and the intended audience of IPC that author hope will be useful to all students of the work.

Keywords: de Iure Praedae; Hamaker; Hugo Grotius



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