In celebration of the anniversary of the publication of Hugo Grotius’s Mare Liberum in 1609 the Yale Law Library Rare Books Department Blog is offering an online exhibition of books related to the debate about the freedom of the seas.
Works by Grotius, Alberico Gentili, Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, John Selden, William Welwood, Juan de Solorzano Pereira, Seraphim de Freitas, Fernando Vazquez Menchaca, Charles Molloy, and Fernando Vazquez Menchaca are included. An extensive bibliography is also included. You can see the online exhibition here:
For those who can get there in person, ‘Freedom of the Seas, 1609: Grotius and the Emergence of International Law,’ is on display October 2009 through January 2010 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.
Prof John Cairns gives the exhibition a Scottish context at the Edinburgh Legal History Blog. (Which, incidentally, is also where I found out about the exhibition.)
Many of the titles included in the exhibition were listed in the The Library of Charles Erskine as recorded in 1731.