1632 Book on Women's Rights
Appraised Value: $6,000 - $8,000 (2014)
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Appraisal Video: (1:23)
GUEST: All right, well, this is The Laws and Resolutions of Women's Rights. I got it at an after-estate sale in a box full of other books on the floor and it was two dollars.
APPRAISER: Two dollars?
GUEST: Two dollars!
APPRAISER: Good deal. Well, let's have a look at it. It is actually The Laws and Resolutions of Women's Rights. Do you know anything about the book or its history?
GUEST: Well, I saw online that it supposedly was the first book ever published concerning women's rights in the English language.
APPRAISER: That is absolutely right.
GUEST: Great, awesome.
APPRASER: It was published in 1632. We don't know who the author was. We believe it might be Thomas Edgar, but also a man named John Doddridge, and he was a judge who was called "The Sleeping Judge" because he would close his eyes when he was hearing a case and people thought that he was snoozing. It does have a little bit of damage. As you can see, it's got some staining here. It's also missing a page at the front, but nevertheless, it's actually in pretty good condition. And it's quite rare. You paid two dollars. So, any thoughts of what it might be worth?
GUEST: Well, I'm just hoping to double my money.
APPRAISER: Okay, four dollars is your target.
GUEST: Yup, that’s right.
APPRAISER: I think we'll be fine. Actually, a couple of copies of the book have come for sale recently, even though it is rare. And it probably has an auction estimate, in this condition, of $6,000 to $8,000.
GUEST: Oh, my G... are you serious?!
APPRAISER: I am serious.
GUEST: Oh, my goodness!
APPRAISER: See, women's rights.
GUEST: Wow, woo-hoo!
APPRAISER: Good for you.
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