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eBay
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
March 2011

#1 $31,201.00 1476 RARE EARLY ILLUMINATED INCUNABLE OF THE --PISANELLA--
#2 $15,030.70 1790 JOHN WHITE: JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO NEW SOUTH WALES
#3 $11,999.00 First Edition. British. The Lord of the Rings... RARE!
#4 $10,820.93 The Hobbit 1st / 1st 1937 with signed Tolkien bookplate
#5 $10,075.00 1519 BIBLE Illustrated Latin Vulgate P-INCUNABLE GIUNTA

#1
Supplesmentun Summae Pisanellae

330531318017

Coming in at #1, the 1476 "most important dictionary of sins" received 43 bids to sell for $31,201. Listed by an Italian seller, it was described as "an outstanding illuminated and entirely decorated copy."

#2
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales
with Sixty-Five Plates of Nondescript Animal Serpents,
Curious Cones and Treesand Other Natural Products

John White
200476072928

Listed by an Australian seller, the 1790 1st edition "with hand coloured plates" sold as a BIN.

#3
Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
Two Towers
The Return of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien
320557577733

Described by the US seller as "the true First British Edition published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd in London." It sold as a BIN.

#4
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
150572202486

Another Tolkien sale came in at #4. This time it was a 1st edition of The Hobbit with a signed bookplate. The UK seller made an interesting offer. After noting that it was not unusual for collectors to buy the 1st edition without a dust jacket, he/she asked those interested in acquiring only the dust jacket and tipped in signature for 4500 to "register interest." The book sold as a BIN for 6,750 or $10,820.93.

#5
Bible
1519 printed by Luca-Antonio Giunta
300531791425

The "complete example of this scarce and profusely illustrated post-incunabule edition of the Vulgate Bible" attracted 49 bids before selling for $10,075.

 

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