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Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
June 2007

#1 $70,099.00 1830 BOOK of MORMON - First Edition
#3 $15,000.00 Brant - Biblia Latina - Incunable Basle, Dec 1st 1498 !
#4 tie $12,000.00 Handwritten Book of Hours - Large format - France 1440
#4* tie $12,000.00 To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Book of Mormon

Listed in an elegant presentation with 14 photos, the "authentic first edition in original leather binding, complete with all text ..." attracted 15 bids to sell for $70,099. Housed in a custom leather clamshell box, the book has some soil, a few repairs/restorations, faint damp stains, and foxing. It was listed is a 10-day auction by a noted expert in Mormon antiquarian books.

1479 Jenson

Described as "this complete 1479 Jenson's Biblia Latina with its stunning illumination, splendid typography, distinguished provenance and superb state of presentation ... museum quality ...," the volume was listed by a US seller in a 10-day auction with 71 photos. After 27 bids, it sold for $35,000.

Biblia cum glossa ordinaria Walafridi Strabonis aliorumque ...
1498 Brant

Nineteen woodcuts are among the highlights of the "first volume of the Biblia Latina by Sebastian Brant. It is described as "half bound in pigskin on wooden covers with six raised bands and one original clasp." Listed by a German seller in a 10-day private auction with 12 photos, the volume attracted 12 bids before selling for $15,000. The same seller sold #4.

#4 tie
[Book of hours, handwritten in Latin]

Sold by the German seller of #3, the heavily illuminated volume with vellum leaves is described as an "extremely rare example for the art of book desing between the late Middle Ages and the early modern times." It was listed in a 10-day private auction with 12 photos and sold for $12,000.

#4 tie
To Kill a Mockingbird

This copy of To Kill a Mockingbird is the same auction that came in #1 on the non-fiction list. A NARU ended it with a BIN.

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