by Pamela Palmer

#128, 12 October 2008

BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
August 2008

Top 10 on eBay

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Which fiction and non-fiction books are winners on eBay? Each month this series answers the question and, along the way, looks at the listing strategies sellers use to bring in big bucks. To learn more about what's in and what's out of the lists, read our Top 10 on eBay Parameters.

NOTE: Items numbers are now included in this article. They are in the individual auction comments section below the author and title. Click the links to see the listings.

Politics, art, and Alcoholics Anonymous highlighted the August non-fiction Top 10. Obama's Dreams from My Father came in at #10 to supply the political tie. But art made a bigger splash. Three Taschen publications - Peter Beard Collector's Edition, Jeff Koons Collector's Edition and David LaChapelle's Artists and Prostitutes - came in at #1, #4, and #6. Alcoholics Anonymous filled the #2, #3, and #8 slots. Perhaps the most unusual entry in the list was Ralph P. Millard's Cleft Craft: The Evolution of Its Surgery, a 3-volume set. The big winner, though, was in the Antiquarian and Collectible Top 5. A German seller had 4 of the 5 sales. Now that's dominating a category!

Fiction Top 10
August 2008

#2 $2,213.00 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - First/1st print
#3 tie $2,000.00 John Kennedy Toole-CONFEDERACY DUNCES 1ST/1ST ptg F/F
#3 tie $2,000.00 Lord of the rings Tolkien 1st 1954 set hcdj vintage map
#5 $1,899.99 1938 Hobbit 1st US Printing 1st Issue Tolkien G+ to VG
#6 $1,670.42 Devil May Care - Bentley Limited Edition - No. 177/300
#8 $1,250.00 Robert Jordan EYE OF THE WORLD 1st HC/DJ **SIGNED**
#9 $1,050.00 George R. R. Martin GAMES OF THRONES Jeffrey Jones
#10 $999.95 William Gibson--NEUROMANCER 1ST/1ST Brit ed F/F Signed

New Moon
Breaking Dawn

Stephenie Meyer

A complete set of Meyer's Twilight Saga signed first editions came in at #1. The set sold as a BIN. The same seller sold #7.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

Calling it "The Mother of All Harry Potter Books," the US seller sold the 1st US edition after 24 bids.

#3 tie
Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole

LSU Press printed only 2500 copies of this 1980 first edition. The fine unread copy sold on a single bid.

#3 tie
Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the Kind
J.R.R. Tolkien

Sold as a BIN, the set of never read, mint first editions with dust jackets described as very good.

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien

The 1st US edition of The Hobbit is described as in very good condition and comes in a facsimile dust jacket. It sold with a custom leather clamshell box after a single bid.

Devil May Care
Sebastian Faulks

One of the 300 limited Bentley edition books showed up at #6. It is leather bound in a plexiglass slipcase and is #177. A "cast 1.43 scale model of Bond's Bentley actually set into a die cut space within the book."

New Moon
Breaking Dawn
The Host

Stephenie Meyer

Sold by the seller of #1, this signed set of Meyer's 1st editions includes "four true first edition/first printings plus 1 1st edition/later printing." It sold as a BIN.

Eye of the World
Robert Jordan

The 1990 signed 1st edition is among 1500 printed. It sold as a BIN.

A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin

Signed by the author, illustrator, and man who created the maps, this mint condition presentation limited edition was formerly the property of the illustrator. It sold after 9 bids.

William Gibson

Described as "in unread as new condition in fine dust jacket," the 1st hardcover edition was signed by the author. It sold after a single bid.