For Sale: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Library

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(Picture by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Put up by way of Getty Photographs)

Between January 19-Twenty seventh, over 1,000 books from the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s non-public library will probably be on public sale at Bonhams. The supplies are divvied up into ~165 plenty of books, images, and different momentos which can be at the moment valued at $60,000. Nevertheless, Catherine Williamson, Director of Bonhams High quality Books and Manuscripts division, says given the collectable nature of RBG ephemera, “I count on this sale to do many occasions that quantity.”

Williamson additionally notes that the content material of the gathering provides a novel perception into RBG herself:

“An individual’s library can provide us a way of who the person is and the way she got here to be.  Justice Ginsburg’s library isn’t any totally different, because it data her evolution from scholar (and voracious reader) to lawyer and legislation professor, to guage and at last, Justice of the USA Supreme Courtroom.  The books Justice Ginsburg selected to maintain on her personal bookshelf showcase the wealthy internal and mental lifetime of one of the vital influential ladies in current American historical past.”

So how did these precise books come to be included within the public sale? In accordance to Columbia Legislation professor Jane Ginsburg, after her mom’s dying, her dad and mom’ (Martin Ginsburg died in 2010) library was divided up. The paperbacks received donated to jail libraries, artwork books went to relations, and music-related books/CDs went to the Washington Nationwide Opera. Members of the family additionally chosen books for themselves, with every little thing else going to Bonhams.

A number of the treasures obtainable at this public sale are beneath:

RUTH BADER GINSBERG’S PERSONAL COPY OF THE 1957-58 HARVARD LAW REVIEW, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER 3

RUTH BADER GINSBERG’S PERSONAL COPY OF THE 1957-58 HARVARD LAW REVIEW, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER by way of Bonhams

FIRST EDITION OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S MY BELOVED WORLD, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.2

FIRST EDITION OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S MY BELOVED WORLD, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG by way of Bonhams

HONORARY DOCTORATE AWARDED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG BY SMITH COLLEGE.2

HONORARY DOCTORATE AWARDED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG BY SMITH COLLEGE by way of Bonhams

RUTH BADER GINSBURG HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON OPERA AND THE LAW

RUTH BADER GINSBURG HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON OPERA AND THE LAW by way of Bonhams

I’ll Fight Sheet Music

PRESENTATION COPY OF “I’LL FIGHT” BY DIANE WARREN, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE SONGWRITER TO JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG by way of Bonhams

Different highlights from the gathering embody:

Ginsburg’s private copies of the Studies on the 1978 Equal Rights Modification Extension Hearings earlier than the Home and Senate subcommittees.

Offprints of Ginsburg’s personal articles, together with “Girls within the Federal Judiciary” (1995), inscribed by Ginsburg to Senator Nancy Kassebaum.

A Sandra Day O’Connor authorized article “They Typically Are Half Obscure: The Rights of the Particular person and the Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes” (1992), a presentation copy from the Justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, simply days earlier than her nomination, and subsequently quoted from in her nomination acceptance speech.

Toni Morrison’s Beloved inscribed by the creator to Ruth and Martin Ginsburg.

Books regarding vital circumstances adjudicated by Ginsburg, together with Residents United, Bush v. Gore, and Lilly Ledbetter’s truthful pay lawsuit, all inscribed to Ginsburg.

A deluxe copy of Antonin Scalia’s Studying Legislation, warmly inscribed to Ginsburg.

Ginsburg’s personal copy of her ebook, My Personal Phrases, together with her private bookplate.

Williamson says there isn’t a reserve on the gadgets, so “they’ll promote for what they promote for.” Whereas a number of the gadgets are estimated at a $500 price ticket, it’s possible you’ll not get such a superb deal. A previous public sale of certainly one of RBG’s textbooks noticed the tome go for a whopping $18,125. So in order for you your piece of RBG historical past, get your checkbooks prepared.


Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Legislation, host of The Jabot podcast, and co-host of Pondering Like A Lawyer. AtL tipsters are the very best, so please join together with her. Be happy to electronic mail her with any suggestions, questions, or feedback and comply with her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).



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