1,000 books from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal library are up for auction

Books from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal library are auctioned by Bonhams. More than 1,000 of Ginsburg’s books, which were kept in his Washington, DC apartment, will be included in the auction.

“It’s a card, telling you about the person who created the library. What was she interested in? What did she read? And you can still see links, n’ A book leads to another book which leads to another path of inquiry,” said Catherine Williamson, a book specialist who heads the Fine Books and Manuscripts department at Bonhams. People.

Ginsburg’s family is connected to the auction house through a family friend and donated Ginsburg’s library after his death in 2020, according to People.

Some of the books up for auction include: ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison, ‘Doctor Zhivago’ by Boris Pasternak, ‘Robinson Crusoe’ by Daniel Defoe and ‘S Is for Silence’ by Sue Grafton.

The auction, which is online only, will continue until January 27.

Williamson said preparing for the auction gave her the opportunity to learn more about justice.

“I’m not surprised that she liked 19th century Russian literature, including ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy. Of course, she reads the great intelligent novels of the 19th and 20th centuries, right? ?” said Williamson. “I was surprised to see ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ [by D. H. Lawrence]. I found that rather funny, and JD Salinger too. But they, Martin and Ruth Ginsburg, are in the pocket for reading ‘Catcher in the Rye’ as soon as it came out.”

Ginsburg’s Harvard Law Review is also up for auction and already up for $5,500.

However, Williamson added that some books are much cheaper, giving more people the opportunity to buy one.

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