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Non-Fiction Top 10
April 2006

#1 $12,100.99 Magic & Magicians Carter the Great limited edition
#2 $2,600.00 Rare I Me Mine George Harrison Signed L/E Leather Book
#3 $2,500.00 Peter Beard by Anthony Haden Guest, Peter H. Beard (..
#5 $2,125.00 Narcotics Anonymous Blue N A IT WORKS CARENA
#6 $1,967.00 Narcotics Anonymous Red N A IT WORKS CARENA
#7 $1,900.00 Qutub, Chumbley Grimoire (SCARCE!)
#9 $1,775.03 Pierre Curie by Marie Curie Signed First Edition

Carter the Great: Being a Detailed Account of Charles Joseph Carter ...
Mike Caveney

Carter the Great is #33 of 50 deluxe copies and is inscribed to Brian McCullagh whose brother is the Australian seller. It is described as in "perfect condition." Fifty people were sent the special deluxe edition; it includes collectible material from Carter's files in addition to the book in slipcase. Collectible items included varied. This particular box contained, among other things, a copy of one of Carter's books and 5 letters to Carter from Australians. Listed with 5 photos for 7 days, the auction went from a starting bid of $500 to $12,100.99 on 13 bids.

I Me Mine
George Harrison

The Genesis signed limited edition is leather bound and includes several additional items such as the unopened People Magazine in memory of Harrison. Described by the US seller as in "excellent to mint condition," the book is #1481 of 2000. Listed with 6 photos, the auction started at $99.99 and after 19 bids ended at $2,600.

Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits
Anthony Haden Guest & Peter H. Beard

Listed by a US seller who won it at a charity auction, this signed first edition had an opening bid of $.99, a reserve of $2,300, and a BIN of $2,500. It was purchased by a BIN 10 days into the auction.

The South Polar Times vol. 1
R. F. Scott and others

No. 43 of 250 copies, the 1907 first edition record of exploration and life at the South Pole is ex-library. The UK seller listed it with 12 photos in a 10-day auction. Starting at GBP 999.99, it rose to $2,235.06 in 3 bids.

Narcotics Anonymous
It Works

In a brief auction, the US seller describes the book as a blue first edition, noting "There is no writing nor highlighting...." Listed with 1 photograph, the 7-day auction started at $100 and after 20 bids sold for $2,125. The same seller sold #6.

Narcotics Anonymous
It Works

The seller of #5 sold #6 to the buyer of #5. Described as "First Edition Red Pre-sale Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text number 612," it was listed with 1 photograph. The 7-day auction started at $100 and after 15 bids sold for $1,967.

Andrew D. Chumbley

Published in 1995, the book is described as "an arcane poetic text in 72 verses, a detailed commentary in critical prose, and a substantial glossary of esoteric terms and names." It's 1 of 500 copies and includes "a hand-drawn bookmark ... signed by Chumbley...." Sold as a BIN for $1,900, the book was listed at $.99; the auction included 4 photos.


Alcoholics Anonymous

A 1st edition, 13th printing, Feb. 1950 sold after 7 bids for $1,796.71. A US seller listed it for $999.99 in a 7-day auction. Signed by Bill W., the book is described as "in fine tight clean condition.... The original correct dust jacket is very good + + to near fine."


Pierre Curie
Marie Curie

Signed by Marie Curie, the 1923 first edition is #59 of 100. Listed in a 10-day auction with 10 pictures, the book's slipcase, cover, and pages have water damage. 9 bids took the starting price of $99 to $1,775.03.


Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
George C. Thomas, Jr.

The 1921 signed first edition is described as "in very good condition" with minor flaws. In the next paragraph, the US seller described it as "very fine." But 3 days into the 10-day auction, the seller added good news and bad news. The bad news is that there is a missing illustration. The good news is that the inscription is written to A.W. Tillinghast called by his nickname Tilly. After 33 bids, the auction ended at $1,775.

By the Numbers

7 of the sellers were from the UK
12 of the sellers were from the USA
1 seller was from Australia
1 seller sold 2 books by the same person
15 books were published after 1950
5 were published before 1950
2 sold as BIN
4 through 49 is the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 2 to 10,875
16 sellers had 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 94.1% to 100%
The oldest book was published in 1907