1632 Book on Women’s Rights

Value (2014) | $6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction

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.

Two dollars?

Two dollars!

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?

Well, I saw online that it supposedly was the first book ever published concerning women's rights in the English language.

That is absolutely right.

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?

Well, I'm just hoping to double my money.

Okay, four dollars is your target.

Yup, that’s right.

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.

Oh, my G... are you serious?!

I am serious.

Oh, my goodness!

See, women's rights.

Wow, woo-hoo!

Good for you.

Appraisal Details

Bonhams, DC
Washington, DC
Appraised value (2014)
$6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
Richmond, VA (August 17, 2013)
17th Century

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