First English women's rights law book comes to auction

The first English book on the subject of women's rights, dating to 1632, is to auction at Bonhams' sale of a collection of law books in London.

It has a £2,000-3,000 ($3,310-4,965) estimate ahead of the March 5 sale.

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The book codifies the laws specifically relating to women

The book was written by Thomas Edgar and carries the title "The Lawes of Resolutions of Women's Rights: or the Lawes, Provision for Women".

It codifies the state's standing on the rights of women in the case of a range of issues including rape, divorce and polygamy.

Another example sold for £5,625 ($9,308) at Bonhams London in 2012.

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