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Magna Carta - 14th Century Copy

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This miniature version of the Magna Carta is owned by the Law Library at the Library of Congress.  It is very rare and in stellar condition.

We learn more about this copy from the Library’s curators:

Among the Law Library's rarest books, this miniature manuscript is still in its original pigskin wrapper.  Intricate colored pen work graces this small version of the Magna Carta, the basic source of English common law. The Magna Carta established the principle that no one, not even the king, is above the law. The principles of individual liberty it confirmed influenced later political thinkers, including Thomas Jefferson.

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Image online, courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress.

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