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Non-Fiction Top 10
September 2006

#1 $7,779.00 Ballet Alexey Brodovitch Photographs Edwin Denby
#2 $3,311.26 Open Golf Championship Official 1932 SANDWICH, Kent
#3 $3,250.00 Narcotics Anonymous First Edition Red Cover CARENA
#4 $2,677.87 Erdnase's THE EXPERT AT THE CARD TABLE Rare1st ed. NR
#7 $2,201.00 Narcotics Anonymous First Edition Red Cover CARENA
#8 $2,130.40 Ed Ruscha, Sunset Strip Artist's Book, Edward Ruscha
#9 $2,000.00 Easton Press-Long Walk- Nelson Mandela,1st ed. signed
#10 $1,875.00 Easton Press: Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela 1st Ed Au

Ballet: 104 Photographs by Alexey Brodovitch
Alexey Brodovitch and Edwin Denby

Twenty-five bids took this 1945 book of photographs from a starting bid of $1000 to $7,779. Listed by a U.S. seller in a 7-day auction with 14 photos, the book was described as in excellent condition. One questioner asked about the slipcase with the book.

Open Golf Championship at Prince's, Sandwich
Official Programme
For Monday 6th June 1932

Sold to benefit Oxfam in the UK, the initial auction contained little information about the book. In an oops moment the day after launch, Oxfam added a condition statement - "top inside front cover has paper clip mark; cover is Good++." The 44-page very good illustrated guide with course plans for Prince's and Royal St. George's. Shown in 7 photos, the auction attracted 12 bids, closing at $3,311.26.

It Works
Narcotics Anonymous

The 1982 hardcover copy of It Works was sold by a US seller, who wrote, "I am clean 30 years last month, but my health is not good and I could use the money." The seller listed it in a 7-day auction with 7 photos, including one in which he air-brushed his name inside the book. After 9 bids, it sold for $3,250.00.

The Expert at the Card Table
S.W. Erdnase

The hardcover 1902 book "includes card sharking, card tricks and demonstrations of how to utlize and/or recognize cheating card playing." Described as in very good+ condition, the book struck a chord with buyers, attracting 26 bids in the 5-day auction with 7 photos. It sold for $2,677.87.

Dominique Tarle

Listed minimally by an eBay drop-off store in a 7-day auction with 8 photos, this auction is for the Genesis Publication of Exile. It is #831 of 2000 copies in the limited edition and signed by the author. Called "a very rare item," the book attracted 39 bids and sold for $2,650.00. Given the attention Genesis publications garner, it was unusual that the only clue to the publisher was the statement that the book was "not available on Amazon or Genesis publication web sites."

Helmut Newton

Weighing in at 45 lbs, Sumo ships with its own stand. This is #5288 of 10,000 copies. Described as in "near fine condition," its flaws include small marks/creases and a bit of spine slant. Listed by a US seller in a 10-day private auction with 6 photos, the book attracted 22 bids, raising it from the starting bid of $999.99 to $2,605.55. It also attracted 4 questions, ranging from flaw details to shipping.

It Works
Narcotics Anonymous

Listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with 3 photos, this copy of It Works received 7 bids and sold for $2,201.00. It was described as new, the second copy of a founder of NA in New Jersey.

The Sunset Strip
Ed Ruscha

The 1966 book is "an extended fold out photograph of the entire Sunset Strip." Described in excellent condition by the UK seller, the book is in a silver-covered slip-case. Listed for 7 days with 7 photographs, the auction attracted 16 bids and ended at $2,130.40.

Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela

Published by Easton Press, this is a signed first edition leather bound copy in excellent condition. After a 7-day auction with 3 photos, the book sold for the starting price of $2,000.

Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela

Another signed, leather-bound Easton Press copy of Long Road to Freedom came in at #10. There are no photographs with the auction because the book has "never been removed from the delivery box provided by Easton and remains shrink wrapped." Listed by a US seller with a BIN of $2,500, the book sold as a Best Offer for $1,875.

By the Numbers

8 of the sellers were from the UK
10 of the sellers were from the USA
1 of the sellers was from Canada
1 of the sellers was from Australia
2 books sold to non-registered buyers
16 books were published during or after 1950
4 were published before 1950
2 books was listed for 5 days
8 books were listed for 7 days
6 books were listed for 10 days
2 sold as BIN
2 sold as Best Offers
1 to 39 is the range of bids
1 was a private auction
Seller feedback ranged from 8 to 1877
12 sellers had 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 93.3% to 100%
The oldest book was published in 1900

*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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