Signed copy of War and Peace Hamilton
Signed copy of War and Peace Hamilton
Signed copy of War and Peace Hamilton

The Rights of War and Peace by Hugo Grotius (1738)

Annotated, Signed, and Owned by Alexander Hamilton

A Founding Father of the United States, Chief of Staff to General Washington, and First United States Secretary of the Treasury


THE BOOK
From the personal library of Alexander Hamilton, The Rights of War and Peace, in three books. Written in Latin by Hugo Grotius and translated into English. To which are added, all the large notes of Mr. J. Barbeyrac, professor of law at Groningen, and member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin.

Inside of this book are many notes, markings, annotations, and signatures of Alexander Hamilton. This book was part of Hamilton’s personal library and many of the annotations and notes found within this book were cited, and referenced, by Hamilton (see Rutgers vs. Waddington).

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THE AUTHOR
Hugo Grotius (April 10, 1583 - August 28, 1645) was a towering figure in philosophy, political theory, law and associated fields during the seventeenth century and for hundreds of years afterwards.

His work ranged over a wide array of topics, though he is best known to philosophers today for his contributions to the natural law theories of normativity which emerged in the later medieval and early modern periods.¹

THE OWNER
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 - July 12, 1804) was a founding father of the United States, chief of staff to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the first American political party.

As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the primary author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration, especially the funding of the state debts by the Federal government, the establishment of a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain. He became the leader of the Federalist Party, created largely in support of his views, and was opposed by the Democratic-Republican Party, led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.²

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1. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/grotius/
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hamilton