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Non-Fiction Top 10
July 2006

#1 $7,900.00 THE SHAKESPEARE BIBLE 1566 old rare leather antique 1p
#2 $4,088.92 Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. 1st Signed UK Ed.
#3 $2,550.00 Rare Mark Twain 1601 Printing
#4 $2,200.00 Codex Sinaiticvs - The New Testament 1911, Kirsopp Lake
#5 $1,986.61 Nick Mason Inside Out A Personal History of Pink Floyd
#6 $1,863.43 Sands and Kenny Cricket Guide 1859 (Rare)
#7 $1,834.70 Evelyn Waugh P.R.B. 1st PRIVATLY PRINTED 50 COPIES 1926
#9 $1,725.00 na narcotics anonymous NUMBERED 1ST EDITION IT WORKS

1566 Leather Bible

"Apologies for my dyslexia, I wanted to do the auction unaided," wrote the seller as an addition to the 171-page listing of the volume described as "The Eldras Shakespeare Elizabethan Old English Illustrated 1566 Bible atrributed to the Ownership of Mt. William Shakspeare." As brief sample of the auction content - "O that I should be forced by computer nerds to sell the family silver! .... BID! BID! BID!" At least 8 photos were included in the 10-day auction. The UK seller started the auction at US $0.01 and, after 42 bids, the book sold for $7,900.

Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela

In a concise auction, another UK seller listed a 1st UK edition, 1st impression slipcased copy of Long Walk to Freedom. Described as #178 of 250 signed copies, it is bound in green leather and is in mint unread condition. Listed in a 7-day auction with 3 photos, the auction attracted 19 bids and moved the starting bid of GBP 100.00 to close at $4,088.92.

Conversation by the Social Fireside
as It Was in the Time of the Tudors
Date 1601

Mark Twain

Described by the US seller as one of "a limited printing of 55 copies in 1904 No Place or credit to the producer.... [the title] was one of his ribald productions done in 1876 that he never owned upto until 1906." In a 7-day listing with 7 photos, the auction moved from a starting bid of $35 to sell for $2,550 with 8 bids.

Codex Sinaiticvs
... Facsimile

Sold as a BIN less than a day after listing, the book is described as weighing app. 20 lbs. Listed by a US seller with no photos and a starting bid of $2,200, the book is described as "the real thing. Codex Sinaiticvs, Petropolitanvs, The New Testament, The Epistle of Barnabas and the Sheperd of Hermas … produced in facsimile…."

Inside Out
Nick Mason

This volume is a Genesis Publication with all that includes - leather deluxe, #173 of 500, and an accompanying "box of delights." It's in pristine condition with a signed numbered certificate. Listed by a UK seller in a 10-day auction starting at GBP 1,000, it received 3 bids and sold for $1,986.61.

Sands & Kenny's Cricketers Guide

Published in 1859, the 150-page guide to cricket has tanned pages and stains on the last pages. Graded good, it was listed by an Australian in a 7-day auction with 5 photos. Started at AU $200, it received 12 bids and sold for $1,863.43.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Evelyn Waugh

Fifty copies of Waugh's essay were privately printed in 1926, explained the UK seller, who notes that this book is "a notoriously difficult title to find." Described with stained boards, part of spine gone, and "in need of the attention of a skilled book binder," the title received 16 bids, moving it from a GBP 9.99 starting price to sell for $1,834.70.

It Works
Narcotics Anonymous

A red first edition of It Works was listed at $0.99 and sold with 7 bids at $1,814.59. The US seller notes this is #2552 and in "great condition." Flaws include 4 lines highlighted in purple, small spots, and a previous owner's name.

It Works
Narcotics Anonymous

Another first edition copy of It Works sold for $1,725 in a 7-day auction with 1 photo. Described as in mint condition, it is #1540. The 7-day auction started at $300 and closed at $1,725.

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Signed by the author, this first edition without the dust jacket is graded very good. Flaws include fraying atop the spine, a small tear, and some foxing. Shown in 6 photos in the 7-day private auction, the book sold after 17 bids for $1,675.

By the Numbers

11 of the sellers were from the UK
7 of the sellers were from the USA
1 of the sellers was from Australia
1 of the sellers was from Canada
1 seller sold 2 books, both BIN
14 books were published during or after 1950
6 were published before 1950
0 book was listed for 5 days
8 books were listed for 7 days
7 books were listed for 10 days
5 sold as BIN
1 to 42 is the range of bids
3 were private auctions
Seller feedback ranged from 13 to 7336
11 sellers had 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 97.2% to 100%
The oldest book was published in 1566

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