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Non-Fiction Top 10
February 2006

#1 $19,999.99 RARE 1st/1st Whittlesey SECURITY ANALYSIS by Graham
#4 $3,819.52 Wisden Almanack 1900. Superb condition. No reserve
#5 $2,940.77 Pink Floyd - Psychedelic Renegades - Syd Barrett deluxe
#6 $2,226.00 Narcotics Anonymous, It Works (1982) $1NR
#7 $2,039.40 PINK FLOYD - NICK MASON signed INSIDE OUT book 321/500
#8 tie $2,024.99 Narcotics Anonymous-It Works-1983 First Edition
#8 tie $2,024.99 Narcotics Anonymous - It Works - 1983 First Edition RED
#10 $1,999.99 Narcotics Anonymous - It Works - 1983 First Edition RED

Security Analysis
Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

Originally published in 1934, discussions of this book don't go far before someone mentions Warren Buffett's praise for the work; Graham was his mentor at Columbia. And in the case of February sales, Security Analysis proved a $19,999.99 financial windfall for one seller. Though 3 bids are listed, they took place at the same moment, so there was only 1 bid at the starting price. Listed in very good condition, its one previous owner was an anti-trust attorney. The seller details flaws from the small black dots on pages 91 and 92 to the light water stain atop 200+ pages. 12 photos illustrated the auction.

A History of The English Speaking Peoples
4 vols.
Winston S. Churchill

Fourteen bids took this signed set from a starting price of GBP 100.00 to $5,883.40, meeting the reserve. The UK seller notes that a Churchill expert has authenticated the signatures and illustrated the auction with 10 photos.

Alcoholics Anonymous

This first edition, first printing of 1939 is one of 4730 published in the first printing. Bound in red, "the book's binding has separated from the pages." Flaws include stains, lack of a dust jacket, and several ripped and taped areas. The seller notes the presence of the first printing indicator - "the flaw in the printing on page 234, the second and third lines from the bottom were printed twice." The 8 photos clearly show the wear and rough edges. Despite the flaws, this auction attracted 20 bids, taking it from the $9.99 starting price to meet the reserve and sell for $4,321.71.

John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1900

In 24 words, the UK seller polished off the book description and depended on 6 photographs. After 18 bids starting at GBP 0.99, the book sold for $3,819.52.

Psychedelic Renegades

Signed by Syd Barrett and Mick Rock, this book is #272 of 320 deluxe copies. Describing the book and slipcase in mint condition, the UK seller shows this Genesis publication in 2 photos. The UK seller started the auction at GBP 1,200. After 6 bids, it sold for $2,940.77.

Narcotics Anonymous: It Works

In listing the 1982 first edition, the U.S. seller with 9 feedbacks provides little description beyond calling the book rare and indicating it is #1272. Bidders best information comes from the 3 clear photographs. The auction attracted 19 bids, taking it from a $1 starting price to $2,226.

Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
Nick Mason

A Genesis publication, this limited edition book comes with all the trademark excesses that make the publisher a regular on the Top 10 list. In this case, a goatskin hand-bound book is accompanied by two signed fine art prints, backstage pass, t-shirt, wooly hat, drumsticks and a few other treats. Published in a boxed set that holds all the items. 1 of 500, the work was shown in 3 photos. A German seller with private feedback opened the auction with a GBP 1.00 starting price. After 25 bids, it closed at $2,039.40.

#8 tie, 8 tie, and 10
Narcotics Anonymous: It Works

Three copies of Narcotics Anonymous from 1983 come in at #8 tie and #10. Only $25 separated the high and low price, #8 tie sold for the same amount, and the same consignment shop sold two of them.

#8 tie offered a copy in excellent condition with light highlighting and no other marks. It contains the unusual comment, "If anyone can prove this is incorrect information, please contact me immediately. I am relatively certain this is the first edition. I have researched on the net, but can't find a photo." Sold by the seller with the lowest feedback percentage in the Top 10 February lists (98.8%), the book is shown in only 1 picture. Six questioners offered their opinions, including the comment, "... are accually rared [sic] to find." Twenty-two bids were received, taking the auction from a $1.99 starting price to $2,024.99. The winning bidder bought #9 two days later, paying the same closing price.

#8 tie was listed by a consignment shop. The seller notes "It is a RED 1st First Limited Edition. 1983.... This is a very low number #832." Shown in three photos, the book is listed in Item Specifics as "new." That's the only indication of condition. After receiving 14 bids, the book sold for the buyer of #8 for $2,024.99. Starting price was $.99.

#10 was sold by the same consignment shop, using the same auction title. This is #1665 and it too is listed as new. The auction included 2 photos. In both the prevous entry and #10, the consignment shop calls the item "a very rare book." That's quite a stretch when 4 copies turn up on the eBay Top 10 list in a single month.

By the Numbers

11 of the sellers were from the UK
8 of the sellers were from the USA
1 seller was from Germany
4 copies of Narcotics Anonymous sold
1 consignment shop sold 2 copies
1 buyer bought 2 copies
15 books were published after 1950
5 were published before 1950
5 used reserves
3 sold as BIN
1 through 35 is the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 9 to 2635
1 seller had private feedback
11 sellers had 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 98.8% to 100%

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