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#304 - Hugo Grotius

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Exceedingly rare letter from the Dutch intellectual

Dutch jurist and philosopher (1583-1645) who laid the foundations for international law with his book De jure belli ac pacis, and played a key role in the Arminianism-Calvinism debate. Exceedingly rare ALS in French, signed “H. de Groot,” one page, 6.25 x 8.75, March 28, 1642. Letter to the Swabian military leader Christoph Martin von Degenfeld, under whom Grotius's son had served in the Swedish army and to whom Grotius pledges his allegiance. Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in his own hand. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and scattered creases. Following Emperor Ferdinand II’s victory against the Swedish resistence in 1634, Christoph von Degenfeld—having fought with the Swedes—was forced to flee to Strasbourg. He was named High General of foreign cavalry in French services, but after a falling out with Cardinal Richelieu the year of this letter, he entered Venetian service as Governor-General of Dalmatia and Albania. Grotius himself was serving as Swedish ambassador in Paris at this time. Letters from Grotius's hand are of the utmost rarity, this being the first we have offered. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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