Institutes of Natural Law

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by Thomas Rutherforth

This is the first edition of Rutherford's sole legal work, drawing heavily on Grotius, and prompting Holdsworth's observation that is was "the only book written by an Englishman which can be compared with Burlamaqui's [Principles of Natural and Political Law]." [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Thomas Rutherforth

Title: Institutes of Natural Law: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures on Grotius De Jure Belli et Pacis

Published: Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham, printer to the University, for W. Thurlbourn, bookseller in Cambridge, 1754-1756.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf; the Newton Hall set with the ownership signatures "Babington." Purchased from Meyer Boswell Books, Inc.


  1. Holdsworth