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Non-Fiction Top 10
April 2009

#1 $3,500.00 SIGNED David Goldblatt PARTICULARS LTD 100 w/ Print
#2 $1,136.00 LONE COWBOY WILL JAMES: SIGNED & A DRAWING, see picture
#3 $1,025.00 Harry S Truman Memoirs Signed Autograph set SRP $3900
#4 $935.00 VERY RARE Signed Walton Ford Book Taschen Limited New
#5 $890.00 Alcoholics Anonymous First Edition Fifth Printing
#6 $888.88 The Legends of Motorsports by Dave Friedman (1992)
#7 $820.00 Eccentric Excursions CRUIKSHANK WOODWARD 100 plates
#10 $750.00 SIGNED Terri Weifenbach INSTRUCTION MANUAL All 3 Books

David Goldblatt

The signed limited edition (#6 of 100) in a slipcase sold as a BIN. The book and slipcase were described as in fine condition; the dustjacket has slight wear.

Lone Cowboy, My Life Story
Will James

11 bids took this 1930 1st edition to $1,136 in a 7-day auction. Signed by Will James, the book contains a sketch signed Bill James; the sketch is attached to the back cover.

Memoirs Harry S. Truman
Vol. 1 Year of Decisions
Vol. 2 Years of Trial and Hope

Harry Truman

Sold as a BIN, the 2 volume set was accompanied by "a blue hardbound limited deluxe edition original inauguration program from 1949." The seller notes that this type of program was only given to Presidential invitees and the Inaugural Committee. Both volumes of the memoirs were signed and inscribed by Truman.

The Pancha Tantra
Walton Ford

The 2007 Taschen publication includes rich, high quality color photographs of Ford's paintings. It is 1 of 1500 in the limited edition and was described as in new condition.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Published in 1944, this 1st edition, 5th printing copy of Alcoholics Anonymous attracted 2 bids. The seller states that it is "overall in good condition as pronounced by two different licensed San Francisco book dealers." Strangely, the seller does not accept PayPal, indicating "Cashiers check only."

The Legends of Motorsports
Dave Friedman

Vrooom! Vrooom! A signed limited 1st edition 1992 volume in new condition received 20 bids before selling for $888.88. It was signed by many famous racers and is #97 of 350 published in this edition.

Eccentric Excursions
or, Literary & Pictoral Sketches of Countenance, Character & Country in Different Parts of England & South Wales ...

G.M. Woodward

The 1796 copy lacks original boards and was described as "an excellent candidate for a rebind." Ex-library and housed in a clam case, the volume contains all the original 100 plates, some rebacked. It sold as a Best Offer.

Karate Goju Ryu
The Cat Gogen Yamaguchi

The English version of the Japanese original, this autobiography sold for $799 as a BIN.

Report on a Typographical Survey of The Adirondack Wilderness
of New York

Verplanck Colvin

Published in 1873, the 1st edition contains 43 pagesand includes plates and foldout maps. It was described as in good condition. The report was commissioned "to report on the expediency of setting apart the whole Adirondack region as a state forest preserve." The author, a well-known topographic engineer experienced in the region, influenced the passage of the bill.

Instruction Manual No. 1: 21. May 1995 (Roses)
Instruction Manual No. 2: 21. April 1996 (Bee)
Instruction Manual No. 3: 25. June 1996 (Blue Sky)

Terri Weifenback

Sold as a Best Offer, the set was part of a 1st limited edition of 500 signed copies, "each with an original type C-print."

By the Numbers

18 sellers were from the USA
1 sellers was from the UK
1 seller was from Belgium
books were published during or after 1950
14 were published before 1950
6 sold as BIN
6 sold as BO
2 to 53 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 30 to 6018
17 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 99.6% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1796.

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