RBG’s Columbia Law School Annotated Book sold for $ 18,125


Dallas, TX – A Columbia Law School textbook, once owned and filled with notes by former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the undisputed giants of the US legal system sold, for $ 18,125 in the sale at the Heritage Auctions manuscript auction on May 19. An exceptional artefact from the early days of RBG’s legal career, the souvenir represents the only annotated scholarly book on law owned by Ginsburg to ever be auctioned.

The auction price far exceeded pre-auction estimates that it would sell for $ 10,000. The successful tenderer does not wish to be identified at this time.

The highly annotated Columbia Law School Book The French Legal System – An Introduction to Civil Law Systems is one of the texts that helped launch the career of a trailblazer in the battle for women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, which changed the role of women in the legal world.

In ink and pencil, Columbia law student RBG underlined 120-page portions and added dozens of handwritten notes in the margins. Some extracts: “Carrière judic[iary]… Law professors and practitioners can in theory be applied but rare in practice … Written const[itution]. as an expression of polit[ical] diet program no funding[amental]. Unchanged pattern of government structure and grassroots civil society[il] lib[ertie]s … fear of a strong leader[utive]… distrust of judges … pre-em of the National Assembly … both – life term for judges … seven[aration] powers means independent[endent] – no checks and balances … purpose of sep[aration] power in Fr[ance]… self-restraint … seven[aration] powers means independent[endent] of one another, no checks and balances … Const[itutuional] law re. validity of legis[lation] occurs before promulgation … protection of the individual[idual] R[igh]ts Not const[itutional] law … Individual[idual] lib[erties] based on the statutes. “

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