Keeping up with what sells for the highest prices on eBay is always interesting. But in August, the winner in the Antiquarian & Collectible category had an unusual wow factor. Though book related, it wasn't a book at all. The rest of that list included Moby Dick wedged between 4 volumes of the 1853 American Flora ... and Helmut Newton's Sumo. If you read Hebrew, be sure to see #5 in the Antiquarian & Collectible list.
In the Fiction Top 10, a US seller placed 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 10th with Stephen King titles. The non-fiction list ranged from Julia Child to Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.
|#1||$7,493.93||1851 HERMAN MELVILLE MOBY DICK THE WHALE FIRST EDITION|
|#2||$3,500.00||Stephen King- The Gunslinger Grant Signed Limited #109|
|#3||$2,587.01||Clive Cussler , Iceberg , 1st British Edition 1978 D/W
||Stephen King- The Gunslinger Sphere Uncorrected Proof
||"WE" by Charles A. Lindbergh
||Stephen King- Salems Lot Signed Limited Ed. One of 300
||The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson (2002, Hardcover)
||Lord of the Rings. Folio Society. Goat skin Deluxe.
||Robert Heinlein Gnome Press Sixth Column Pristine
||Stephen King- The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Grant 1st
Moby Dick or The Whale
A 1st edition, 1st state 1851 copy of Moby Dick attracted 8 bids to sell for $7,493.93. "Only 2,800 copies were originally published and many ... were tought destroyed in the 1851 Harpers warehouse fire." The book is described as having very good covers with a rebacked spine; pages are complete and in very good condition.
The like new signed limited edition sold after a single bid. The same seller sold #4, #6, and #10.
Listed by a UK seller, the 1st British edition attracted 15 bids. It was described as in near fine condition in a very good dust jacket.
4 bids took the advanced uncorrected proof in very good condition to $1,436.11. The same seller sold #2, #6, and #10.
Charles A. Lindbergh
Signed by the author and publisher, the 1st edition sold as a BIN. It is #258 of 1000 published, and is described as "pages are crisp and seldom opened, slight water stain."
The signed limited edition (#300 or 300) was published by Centiupede Press. It was described "as near, unread with a couple minor scuffs on the slipcase...." The same seller sold #2, #4, and #10.
The Haunted Air
F. Paul Wilson
Sold as a Best Offer, the new condition signed limited 1st edition was published in 2002 by Gauntlet.
The Fellowship of the Rings
The Two Towers
The Return of the Kind
A Folio Society limited edition set, the 4 volumes are "handbound in Morrocan goatskin leather and pure Indian silk. Sold by a UK seller, it attracted 29 bids.
The 2 Gnome Press 1st editions sold after 10 bids. The 1949 and 1958 book are described as "in absolutely pristine condition, dust jacket perfect and radiant." They sold after 10 bids.
7 bids took the 1982 1st limited edition in near fine condition to $711. The same seller sold #2, #4, and #6.
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