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eBay
Non-Fiction Top 10
May 2007

#1 $5,692.75 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS -AA -FIRST -SIGNED BY BILL W!
#2* $4,500.00 Frank Moore, Diary of The American Revolution
#3 $3,739.00 RARE! 1548 Edition of 12 Language New Testament Polyglo
#4 $2,500.00 Saur 1776 Gun Wad German Bible Germantown PA
#5 tie $2,475.00 Narcotics Anonymous approved literature, New Condition
#5 tie $2,475.00 Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text Collection-Complete
#7* tie $2,000.00 stars and their cars-1972 great condition,rare piece-
#7 tie $2,000.00 1854 LDS Mormon Hymnbook printed in Liverpool
#9 $1,800.00 Le Corbusier et P. Jeanneret - L'Architecture Vivante
#10 $1,775.00 Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman (1991)

*Non-registered buyer so sale not completed and final value not validated.

#1
Alcoholics Anonymous

Signed by Bill W, the 1st edition, 13th printing of Alcoholics Anonymous was described as in good condition with the original dust jacket. Book flaws include a slight slant; the dust jacket has tears and chips. Listed in a 7-day auction with 8 photos by a US seller, the book received 26 bids and sold for $5,692.75.

#2*
Diary of the American Revolution
Frank Moore

A NARU caused the charity sale of Diary of the American Revolution to go awry. Listed by a US seller to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Vermont, the listing closed with a BIN.

#3
New Testament
[2 volumes, Polyglot]

A 1549 German publication in 2 volumes with the original bindings, the polyglot New Testament contains 12 languages. Described as in good condition, they were listed by a US seller with 4 photos.

#4
Bible
[Christopher Saur Bible, also called Gun-Wad Bible]

A US seller listed this 1776 rebound/repaired Bible in a 7-day auction with 12 photos. Pages 3-4 are missing. After 4 bids, it sold for $2,500.

#5 tie
It Works
Narcotics Anonymous

It Works
Narcotics Anonymous
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions

Copies of It Works tied for #5. In the first auction listed above, a US seller listed #725 of the first edition red book in a 7-day auction with 7 photos. Described as "this highly controversial printing," this copy is flawed by the front cover being .5 cm shorter than the back cover that the seller notes is "fairly common to this edition." The second listed auction included 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions. The 1st edition has a blue binding. Listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with 1 photo, the lot received 13 bids.

#7 tie
Stars and Their Cars*
George Harris

Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Le Corbusier et P. Jeanneret

Tied at #7, a book on celebrity card, a Mormon hymnal, and a French architecture book, each selling for $2,000. Stars and Their Cars closed with a BIN from a no longer registered user. It was listed by a US seller with no photos. Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs a 1854 Morman title, was listed with 5 photos by a US seller. It sold as a BIN. The third listing was a "complete series of 5 rare, 1930s loose leaf, hardcover wraps with cloth spines." The volumes are in fair condition. The lot sold as a BIN.

#10 tie
Margin of Safety
Seth A. Klarman

New and unread, Margin of Safety's flaw is light dust jacket shelfwear. Listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with 2 photos, it received 23 bids to sell as $1,775.

By the Numbers

19 sellers were from the USA
1 seller was from Australia
1 seller sold 2 books
13 books were published during or after 1950
7 were published before 1950
1 book was listed for 5 days
9 books were listed for 7 days
1 book was listed for 10 days
8 sold as BIN
1 sold as a Best Offer
1 to 29 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 5 to 10,799.*
11 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 94.7% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1548.

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

 



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