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MARE CLAUSUM. OF THE DOMINION, OR OWNERSHIP OF THE SEA.

Selden, John; Nedham, Marchmont


Item #: 9171
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2003.

Subjects: ADMIRALTY, LEGAL HISTORY, UNITED KINGDOM

Reprint of the first edition in English. Mare Clausum(Dominion of the Sea) is the most famous British reply tothe argument of Grotius's Mare Liberum, which denied thevalidity of England's claim to the high seas south and eastof England. Selden disputed this claim, arguing thatEngland's jurisdiction extends, in fact, to all waterssurrounding the isles. His use of common-law principles torebut Grotius's philosophical argument is quite impressive.Holdsworth notes that his case was enriched by "a vasthistorical knowledge," replete with references to thecustoms of peoples from the times of the Greeks to his time.Note: Holdsworth, A History of English Law V: 10 11.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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