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.
Fortune favored the UK and France in June. Sellers from the two countries made a strong showing, garnering 4 spots in the fiction
top 10 and 5 in the non-fiction group. One UK seller did especially well, selling 2 James Bond novels.
It was a good month for books published during or after 1950. In fact, the #1 fiction work dated from 2008. The book Devil May
Care, in the Penguin Bentley Bond series, gave the sleuth 3 appearances on the list. Will July bring more European Union countries
to the top 10?
Fiction Top 10
Devil May Care - Sebastian Faulks - Bentley Bond Series
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985)
Dick Francis DEAD CERT Rare 1962 Hardcover Edition
RARE 1ST IAN FLEMING JAMES BOND HB DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
ROBERT JORDAN Eye of the Word 1st Edition Set ARC PROOF
Edward Abbey, 1st novel, Jonathan Troy, 1954, 1st Ed
1975 ICEBERG Clive Cussler - 1st Ed HCDJ Very RARE
RARE FIRST 1ST IAN FLEMING JAMES BOND LIVE AND LET DIE
AUTOGRAPHED FIRST EDITION COPY OF CUJO BY STEPHEN KING
I Robot - Isaac Asimov - HC 1st - Dustjacket SCARCE
Devil May Care
Listed by a UK seller, the Penguin Limited Bentley Bond Edition attracted 8 bids in the private auction. The leather-bound hardcover
is #188 of 300 and is housed in a "custom made plexiglass slip case."
25 bids took this 1985 publication from a starting bid of $.99 to $1,650.
#3 Dead Cert
Listed by a UK seller, this 1962 hardcover sold as a best offer. Described as "the 2nd impression ... (true first edition was published
one month earlier." It was in very good condition in a good dust jacket. The seller notes, "Although this is not being sold as a signed copy, there
is ... a signature to the inner front flap of the d/w which may be Dick Francis'."
#4 Diamonds are Forever.
Another UK seller listed this true first, designating ChildAid to Russia & the Republics as the charity to receive 15% o
f the selling price. The book sold with
18 bids. The same seller sold #8.
#5 Eye of the World
Listed as a 1st edition set, the hardcover in very fine condition is accompanied by a very fine Advance Reading Copy and a
"heavily marked" proof. 48 bids pushed the selling price to $1,125. Note: After Top 10 was published, the seller wrote BookThink,
indicating why the book sold for so much. He wrote that the auction "included an editorial letter and the proof was marked up by the author's editor and
The 1st edition very good+ hardcover in a very good dust jacket received 31 bids
A 1st edition of the author's 2nd book, this copy was described as in excellent condition with a very good dust jacket. The auction received
#8 Live and let Die
Sold by the UK seller of #4, the 1st edition is described as "ultra-rare." It received 15 bids.
A "signed limited edition box set," the 1981 volume sold for $810 after 14 bids.
#10 I, Robot
The 1950 1st edition is described as a very good+ book in a fair dust jacket. The US seller called it, "A truly SCARCE book and a
classic in the field of Science fiction." It sold for $799 on a single bid.
eBay Non-Fiction Top 10
GOAT - Tribute to Muhammad Ali, NR, Paypal only
CHRIST CHURCH BOAT CLUB 1910-1950 ROWING UNIQUE REPORTS
CHARLES DARWIN ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1860 SIGNED?
Picasso: Toreros with 4 Original Lithographs RARE art
Alcoholics Anonymous FIRST EDITION SECOND PRINTING 1941
Nobuyoshi Araki - Ai No Hana SIGNED
Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman (1991)
5 LUGER BOOKS JAN C STILL REICH AXIS IMPERIAL WEIMAR
The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the BM, 2 vo
NEW YORK NEW YORK BY GYORGY LORINCZY
A Tribute to Muhammad Ali
Taschen's 75 lb. volume sold on a single bid. In new condition, it was signed by Ali and artist Jeff Koons.
Oxford University's Christ Church Boat Club
Handwritten log, 1910 - 1950
Listed by a UK seller, this handwritten volume covers many years between 1910 and 1950, though there are gaps. It attracted 11 bids.
On the Origin of Species
One of 3000 copies in the 2nd edition (1860), though the title page indicates "Fifth thousand." It was described as in "reasonably good condition" and
attracted 37 bids.
Picasso: toreros, with four lithographs
26 bids took this 1961 translation from a starting bid of $.99 to $1,625.
The 1st edition, 2nd printing sold as a Best Offer.
Ai No Hana
Listed by a UK seller, this 2006 softcover photography book is in new condition. The auction received 5 bids.
Margin of Safety
Seth A. Klarman
Margin of Safety often appears in the top 10. A the seller explain, the author refuses to allow a reprint of the 1991 book. In June, this copy attracted 8 bids.
5 Lugar Books Axis Pistols Imperial Lugers Central Powers Pistols Third Reich Lugers Weimar Lugers
4 of the 5 titles are sealed in plastic and the 5th is like new. Listed by a US seller who bans delivery to PO Boxes, the volumes attracted 2 bids to
tie for #8.
The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the British Museum Frederick Meinertzhagen
The 1986 book, listed by a French seller, tops 1000 pages and is in good condition.
New York New York
Listed by another French seller, the 1972 1st edition attracted 15 bids.
By the Numbers
11 sellers were from the USA
7 sellers were from the UK
2 sellers were from France
1 UK seller sold 2 books
17 books were published during or after 1950
3 were published before 1950
0 sold as BIN
2 sold as a Best Offer
1 to 48 to was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 9 to 5016.*
9 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
1 seller had no feedback percentage due to no sales during the current year
Feedback ranged from 98.1 to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1860.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
eBay Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
1613 KING JAMES FOLIO HOLY BIBLE/RARE/COMPLETE!
KOBERGER 1478 FOLIO BIBLE ILLUMINATED Incunabula
1460 PRECIOUS BRUGES BOOK OF HOURS MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
Politianus Omnia Opera Aldus 1498 Aldine incunabula 1ST
Medieval French Vellum Manuscript BOOK OF HOURS Tournai
1613 King James
Sold to a buyer with 0 feedback, the buyer still has no feedback 6 weeks after the sale.
Listed by a seller from the Netherlands, the incunabula is described as "A superb copy, museum piece and wonderful investment."
It sold after 3 bids.
Book of Hours
Illuminated manuscript on vellum, in Latin. Bruges, c1460.
The Swiss seller noted the manuscript includes "fifteen large illuminated initials and full page richly decorated borders." 29 bids
later, it sold for
Complete works of Angelus Politianus
Edited by Alexander Sartius
Listed by a Canadian seller, the 1498 work was called, "apparently the first printed collected edition of a modern author." It sold as a
BIN to a buyer with no feedback. 4 weeks later, the buyer still has no feedback.
Book of Hours
The US seller of #5 noted the vellum manuscript's "3000 illuminations - with a full-page miniature." The auction received 34 bids to
close at $13,100.