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Top 10 on eBay
Non-Fiction Top 10
November 2005

#2 $ 2,768.64 Sir Paul McCartney Signed 1st Edition Book - Charity
#3 $ 2,706.61 George Orwell ' Homage to Catalonia' First Edition
#4 $ 2,450.00 Photography - The Art of Edward Weston by M.Armitage
#5 $ 2,143.38 First edn of one of the First Texts on English Law 1569
6 $ 2,091.93 George Orwell Inside the Whale First Edition DJ
#7 $ 2,000.00 Picasso Toreros by Jaime Sabartes
#8 $ 1,990.77 Andrea Palladio's Architecture. Ware's edition. 1738
#10 $ 1,751.51 Narcotics Anonymous Limited First Edition

Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean Performed by the Order of the Government of the United States in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806 by Captains Lewis and Clarke ...

The subject is purely American, but publisher of this 1814 title was British. The UK seller reports it is in very good condition, "11 X 9 INCHES,FULL LEATHER SPINE REPAIRED,TITLES IN GILT ON RED LABEL...663PP." The volume includes a large map and five charts, shown in the 7 photographs. It attracted 40 bids during the 7-day auction. Though the seller is from the UK, the opening bid was $100. Selling price was $15,737.

Blackbird Singing, by Sir Paul McCartney

In this charity auction to raise funds for The ACE Centre, the item is "A very rare signed hardback copy of a collection of poems and lyrics written by Sir Paul McCartney between 1965 and 1999." More than 50 song lyrics are included. McCartney donated the volume, and it is accompanied by a letter from his management company about the donation. The auction states this is an American first edition and is autographed by McCartney. The 10-day auction, that includes two photographs, raised $2,768.64 after 44 bids from a starting price of GBP 0.99.

Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell

Orwell's non-fiction Homage to Catalonia is described by the UK seller as being in "very near mint condition" with an "almost mint condition" dust jacket with near invisible repairs. Noting that this first edition was limited to 1500 copies, the seller calls it "a truly stunning copy of a very scarce book." The 7-day auction with a reserve started at GBP 0.99 and sold for $2,706.61 after 21 bids. The same seller sold #6 below, plus #2 and #5 in fiction.

Photography: The Art of Edward Weston,
by M. Armitage

Described as a first edition folio, the title contains 39 full page photographs. The US seller names a darkened spine as the sole flaw. This is #234 of 500 copies, is in a slip case, and is signed by Weston. The 7-day auction started at $900 and garnered fifteen bids to reach the selling price of $2,450. Only 1 photograph illustrated the auction.

De Legibus & Consuetudinibus Angliae Libri
published by Richard Totell, London, 1569

In an extensive description accompanied by 9 photos, the UK seller is frank about description. He says, "The binding is a wreck with both boards detached" and both describes and shows damp damage, noting "It is a great shame that this damp damage has occurred as it would otherwise have been an excellent copy, the unstained pages being crisp and clean." The title is a noted work on British law, consisting of 888 pages and bound in late 18th century calf. The 10-day auction received 1 bid, with the book selling for its starting price of $2,143.38.

Inside the Whale, by George Orwell

Orwell again, this time at #6. The UK seller, who also sold the #2 and #5 fiction titles plus #3 above, calls this "The Rarest of all Orwell's Essay Collections Published in 1940 by Gollancz with a print run of just over 1000." The book is in very good condition and the unrestored dust jacket is price clipped with some chipping. Listed for 7 days, the auction with reserve started at GBP 0.99 and attracted 12 bids, selling for $2,091.93. Three photographs illustrate the auction.

Picasso: Toreros
by Pablo Picasso and Jaime Sabartes

Sold as a Buy It Now about 3.5 hours after launch, the auction started at $2,000 and had a reserve as well. The first edition has text by Jaime Sabartes along with the lithographs. The text has been translated from French into English. The work was published in New York in 1961, and includes 103 Picasso lithographs. The US seller states that "A special feature of this book is the four original Picasso paintings executed for this book."

The Four Books of Architecture, by Andrea Palladio

Published in 1738 by Isaac Ware of London, these four volumes are 16 x 10.5 inches and bound in calf covered boards. This historic work is described in detail, including noting the grubby sections, light marks, worn binding, and other flaws, as well as minor repairs. The UK seller listed for 10 days and started bidding at GBP 1,100. After 5 bids, the selling price was $1,990.77 in this heavily illustrated auction with 11 photographs of the set.

[a 3-volume Armenian history book, published 1784-1786]

Listed by a seller in Turkey, this set is in what appears to be Armenian. The first volume was printed in 1784, the second in 1785, and the third in 1786. Printed in Venice, the borders are described as "gold plated" and the leather binding is in excellent condition. Four photographs illustrate the auction. Starting at $999.99, the 7-day auction received 8 bids and ended at $1,825.

Narcotics Anonymous: It Works

The original owner of this 1982 first edition maroon bound volume numbered #1471 is donating 10% of the selling price to help other addicts. Described as in excellent condition, the book attracted 12 bids that moved it from the starting price of $500 to sell for $1,7451.51. The auction lasted 7 days, had a reserve, and included 3 photographs.

By the Numbers

70% of the sellers were from the UK
25% of the sellers were from the USA
1 seller was from Turkey
1 seller sold 4 books, 2 in fiction and 2 in non-fiction
1 other seller sold 2 books
17 sellers has 100% feedback
1 seller had 98.8 feedback, the lowest percentage
6 were listed for 10 days
10 were listed for 7 days
1 was listed for 3 days
3 sold as BIN purchases
8 used reserves
1 to 44 was the range of bids
4 auctions had 1 bid
2 were auctions for charity
10 books were published in 1950 or after
1569 was the earliest date of publication

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