A rare leather-bound book that played an influential role in America’s early history could bring a windfall for a soldier training for his second tour in Iraq.
Indiana National Guard Capt. Nathan Harlan was a high school junior when he paid $7 for a 1788 first edition of volume one of “The Federalist” — a two-volume book of essays calling for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Harlan, a 35-year-old from Granger, Ind., said he always thought his find might be worth about $500, not the thousands it could fetch when it’s sold online Tuesday by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas.
“I’m really hoping it goes for $100,000, but I’m not holding my breath,” he said, chuckling.
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