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    1632 Book on Women's Rights

    Appraised Value:

    $6,000 - $8,000 (2014)

    Appraised on: August 17, 2013

    Appraised in: Richmond, Virginia

    Appraised by: Martin Gammon

    Category: Books & Manuscripts

    Episode Info: Richmond (#1817)

    Originally Aired: May 19, 2014

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    Form: Book
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 17th Century
    Value Range: $6,000 - $8,000 (2014)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:23)


    Appraised By:

    Martin Gammon
    Books & Manuscripts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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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