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Non-Fiction Top 10
March 2007

#1 $6,900.00 Peter Beard, Collector's Edition: 965 Elephants, Top-RAR
#2 $4,550.00 Peter Beard, Collector's Edition: Fayel Tall, NO.109
#3 $3,437.87 Charles Darwin On te Origin of the Species Rare 1860 ed.
#4 $3,200.00 Helmut Newton Sumo Photography Book w/ Philippe Starck
#5 $2,683.00 SUMO - Helmut Newton - Rare Collectors Edition #8170
#6 $2,000.00 Return of The Enola Gay - Autographed Book & Picture
#7 $1,976.00 Lee Friedlander - The American Monument 1976 New,sealed
#8 $1,907.71 Alcoholics Anonymous, 1st Edition, Signed by Bill
#9 $1,874.00 Narcotics Anonymous It Works First Edition Book # 599

Peter Beard, Collector's Edition
Owen Edward and others

The signed, limited edition with an accompanying print of 965 elephants is among the 250 copies of this edition. It is described as having a "sumptuous leather cover" and being "packaged in a velvet-lined wood shipping crate." A German seller, who also sold #2, listed it in a 7-day auction with 1 photo. After 25 bids, it rose from the listing price of $1 to sell for $6,900.

Peter Beard, Collector's Edition
Owen Edward and others

The German seller of #1 had an encore with this signed limited edition, adding up to a $11,450 sales total plus $400 in shipping costs on the title. This time, the print is Fayel Tall.

Origin of Species
Charles Darwin

The US seller cites Freeman's Darwin bibliography to label this a 2nd edition, 2nd issue 1860 Origin of Species, mentioning specifics such as folding diagrams and title page wording. Described as in fair condition, flaws include a front hinge split and worn extremities. The seller's attention to detail broke down a bit when he mentioned, "Guilt lettering on spine bright." Listed in a 7-day auction with 9 photos, the book attracted 16 bids.

Helmut Newton

Listed by a US seller in a 10-day auction with 3 photos, this copy of Sumo is #06071 of 10,000 and is signed by Newton. Described as in excellent condition except for a small tear, the book received 12 bids before selling for $3,200.

Helmut Newton

Another copy of Sumo came in at #5, sold by an eBay drop-off store. Listed in a 7-day auction with 8 photos, the lister neglected to indicate the number of this signed limited edition. After 22 bids, it sold for $2,683.

Return of the Enola Gay
Paul W. Tibbets

Listed by a US seller in a 7-day private auction with 6 photos, the 1998 signed first edition received 8 bids. Both book and dust jacket are described as a very fine. The auction includes an autographed photo of Tibbets with the Enola Gay and a certificate of authenticity.

The American Monument
Lee Friedlander

"New, never opened" describes this copy of the 1976 book listed by US seller with 4 photos. It sold as a BIN.

Alcoholics Anonymous

A 1954 1st edition signed by Bill with a fair dust jacket was listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with 4 photos. The book is described as in "great shape" with a few light spots and a few marks in addition to Bill's signature. After 23 bids, it sold for $1,907.71.

It Works
Narcotics Anonymous

The 1st edition #599 copy of It Works is in "crisp tight condition" and was owned by a man who read a later edition. A few sentences are underlined. Listed by a US seller with 7 photos, it received 2 bids.

Atlas Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838,1839,1840,1841,1842, Vol. 6
Michael Cooper

The 1845 atlas is volume 6 of a set. The US seller indicates the 5 maps are present and describes the flaws, including some crease splitting of the foldout maps and 1 map separated into 2 parts. The seller, who listed it in a 10-day auction with 12 photos, opened the volume as briefly as possible, explaining, "At this point any future wear would be put on the NEW OWNER."

By the Numbers

0 sellers were from the UK
16 sellers were from the USA
1 seller who sold 2 books was from Germany
1 seller was from Australia
1 seller was from Canada
13 books were published during or after 1950
7 was published before 1950
10 books were listed for 7 days
4 books were listed for 10 days
4 sold as BIN
2 sold as a Best Offer
2 to 33 was the range of bids
2 were private auctions
Seller feedback ranged from 5 to 4666.*
7 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 98.3 % to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1843.

*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.

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