"Traditional book collectors realize that something like this doesn't come on the market very often," said Thomas Lecky, head of Christie's books and manuscripts division. "But this transcends that market, goes beyond just being a book. It's of immense historical importance, of interest to anyone who has an interest in our country's foundations. As soon as you hold it in your hand, you know it's important."
Thomas Lecky, head of Christie's books and manuscripts division, said before Friday's sale that the auction house expected the book to do "extremely well."