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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Personal Heavily Annotated Columbia Law School Book, The French Legal System - An Introduction to Civil Law Systems, by René David and Henry P. DeVries, Oceana Publications, New York, 1958. Quarto (6.25 x 9.25 in.; 159 x 235 mm.), hardcover in original blue textured cloth with title in gilt, 152pp. Retaining original "From the Library of Ruth & Martin Ginsburg" bookplate affixed to interior front board. In both ink and pencil, Columbia law student RBG underlined portions of 120 pages and added scores of handwritten notes in the margins.

    A few excerpts: "Career judic[iary]...Law prof & practitioners can in theory be applied but rare in practice...Written const[itution]. as expression of polit[ical] program of regime not fund[amental]. Unchanging outline of structure of gov't & basic civ[il] lib[ertie]s...fear of strong exec[utive]...distrust of judges...pre-em of Nat'l Assembly...both- life tenure for judges...Sep[aration] of powers means indep[endent] - not checks & balances...purpose of sep[aration] of power in Fr[ance]...self restraint...Sep[aration] of powers means indep[endent] of each from the other, not checks & balances...Const[itutuional] law re. validity of legis[lation] arises prior to of indiv[idual] R[igh]ts Not const[itutional] law...Indiv[idual] lib[erties] based on statutes."

    Ruther Bader Ginsburg enrolled at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1956, where she was one of only nine women among a class of 500 men. When husband Martin Ginsburg took a job in New York City, RBG transferred to Columbia Law School where she became the first woman to be on two major law reviews: the Harvard Law Review and Columbia Law Review. Ginsburg earned her law degree in 1959, tying for first in her class, beginning an extraordinary career leading to her 1993 nomination by President Bill Clinton as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States where she would serve until her death in September 2020. RBG spent much of her legal career as an advocate for women's rights and gender equality and became an American popular culture icon for her liberal interpretation of law. An exceptional artifact from RBG's early legal career, this represents the only annotated scholarly book on law belonging to Ginsburg that we have encountered.

    Condition: Spine sunned with some separation of cloth. Bumping to corners and spine ends.

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