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Non-Fiction Top 10
August 2006

#1 $15,400.00 Antique Book - GALILEO ALLE MACCHIE SOLARI - Rome 1613
#3 $2,711.60 Narcotics Anonymous : approved literature by Narcotic..
#4 $2,200.00 1977 Kanei Uechi Okinawa Karate Uechi-Ryu KYOHON 1325PG
#5 $2,122.62 Pink Floyd Nick Mason Inside Out Genesis Ltd Edition
#7 $2,000.00* Narrative of the Travels and Adventures of Monsieur…
#8 $1,817.50 Racehorses of 1951 - Timeform - Rare
#10 $1,575.02 Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman - NEW condition

Galileo Alle Macchie Solari

Back for a second time, this book was pulled earlier by the seller to have it evaluated. After taking it to several experts, the seller described it as complete and in very good condition. The 1613 book contains 3 Galileo letters about sunspots, along with plates. The text is in Latin. Sold under a new ID especially created for this book, the 7-day auction with 6 photos attracted 46 bids, raising the starting bid of $9.95 to a selling price of $15,400 - a good start for the seller who wants college money.

An American Life
Ronald Reagan

In a private auction with 4 bids, a signed copy of An American Life sold for $4,500. Shown in 2 photos, the book is described as in excellent condition. The 5-day auction started at $130.

Narcotics Anonymous

The 1st edition, #416 red cover book is described as in like new condition "except for inscription of original owners name who has been credited with the establishment of NA in Bay City, Michigan." Listed by a US seller with in a 7-day auction with 3 photos, the book started at $1,500, received 14 bids, and closed at $2,711.60.

Okinawa Karatedo
aka Kyohon
Kanei Uechi

Listed by a Japanese seller who says he regularly sells this title, the volume and slipcase are described as having few flaws. Typical fading and staple-rusting is not present with this copy. The auction included at least 16 photos and ended with a BIN at $2,200.

Inside Out: A Personal Story of Pink Floyd
Nick Mason

This copy of Genesis Publication's Inside Out is #459 of 500 in a limited edition. The boxed set is in "pristine condition, unused and unread" with the original packaging. Listed in a 10-day auction with 1 photo, the set attracted 6 bids, raising it from the listing price of GBP 995.00 to $2,122.62.

An Account of the Native Africans in the Neighborhood of Sierra Leone…
Thomas Winterbottom, M.D.

The 1803 hardcover is described as "clean and free from foxing." Maps and plates are present, as are the preliminary and errata pages. Listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with 7 photos, the book received 16 bids taking it from its $225 starting bid to close at $2,102.77.

Narrative of the Travel and Adventures of Monsieur Violet,
In California, Sonora & Western Texas

Capt. Marryat

This 1843 1st edition is ex-library twice over and is volume 3 of a 3-volume set. Listed by a US seller with 6 photos, the auction ended at the BIN price of $2000, purchased by a buyer who is now a non-registered user.

Racehorses of 1951

Listed by a UK seller along with 1 photo, the book is described as having "very slight signs of wear." It attracted 24 bids in the 10-day auction, selling for $1,817.50.

Verve: The Last Works of Henri Matisse
Pierre Reverdy and Georges Duthuit

In this, volume 9, no. 35-36 issue of Verve, the cover was composed by Matisse "and the lithograph plates printed during 1954 under his direction." Described by the UK seller as in very good condition internally with minor dings on the cover, the volume attracted 25 bids, raising it from the GBP 0.99 starting bid to sell for $1,647.94. The auction included 10 photos.

Margin of Safety
Seth A. Klarman

Listed as "New, in pristine condition, and has never been read or seen a public library shelf, the book in dust jacket was listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with 1 photo. After 14 bids, it sold for $1,575,02.

By the Numbers

9 of the sellers were from the UK
10 of the sellers were from the USA
1 of the sellers was from Japan
1 seller sold 3 books
3 books sold to non-registered buyers
15 books were published during or after 1950
5 were published before 1950
1 book was listed for 5 days
6 books were listed for 7 days
6 books were listed for 10 days
7 sold as BIN
1 to 42 is the range of bids
1 was a private auction
Seller feedback ranged from 19 to 2229
13 sellers had 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 95.2% to 100%
The oldest book was published in 1613

*Auctions marked with an asterisk indicate those won by a bidder who is no longer a registered user. The final value should not be interpreted as valid.

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