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
STEPHENIE MEYER SIGNED TRUE 1ST EDITION TWILIGHT SAGA
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - First/1st print
John Kennedy Toole-CONFEDERACY DUNCES 1ST/1ST ptg F/F
Lord of the rings Tolkien 1st 1954 set hcdj vintage map
1938 Hobbit 1st US Printing 1st Issue Tolkien G+ to VG
Devil May Care - Bentley Limited Edition - No. 177/300
STEPHENIE MEYER SIGNED 1ST EDITIONS TWILIGHT SAGA HOST
Robert Jordan EYE OF THE WORLD 1st HC/DJ **SIGNED**
George R. R. Martin GAMES OF THRONES Jeffrey Jones
William Gibson--NEUROMANCER 1ST/1ST Brit ed F/F Signed
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
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.
Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the Kind.
Sold as a BIN, the set of never read, mint first editions with dust jackets described as very good.
#5 The Hobbit
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
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."
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.
#8 Eye of the World
The 1990 signed 1st edition is among 1500 printed. It sold as a BIN.
#9 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.
Described as "in unread as new condition in fine dust jacket," the 1st hardcover edition was signed by the author. It sold after a
eBay Non-Fiction Top 10
Peter Beard, Collector's Edition #1822/2500
Alcoholics Anonymous Book 1st Ed 6th Printing 1944
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FIRST EDITION THIRD PRINTING 1942
Jeff Koons, Collector's Edition, TASCHEN 2008
Cleft Craft by Ralph D. Millard (1980) Three volumes
David LaChapelle-Artists and Prostitutes-signed
Bob Dylan Signed "Chronicles" Best Selling Memoir
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book 1st Ed. 2nd Printing 1941
LEON LYONS HELMETS OF THE DEEP DIVING HELMET BOOK
Obama Dreams From My Father
Peter Beard, Collector's Edition
Peter Beard and others
The Taschen limited edition is #1822 of 2500 and is described as in "perfect condition." It sold as a BIN.
The 1st edition 6th printing (1944) volume in the original dust jacket was in "very good condition" and sold after 27 bids.
The 1st edition 3rd printing (1942) in the original dust jacket "which is in rough condition" sold after 15 bids.
Jeff Koons, Collector's Edition
Eckhard Schneider and Ingrid Sischy
This Taschen publication is #161 of 2500. It sold as a best offer.
Ralph D. Millard
13 bids took the 3-volume set to $2,175. The set is described as in new unread condition and shipping weight is 30 lbs.
Artists and Prostitutes
Another Taschen limited edition came in at #6 and sold after a single bid.
Selling to benefit the charity K9 Connection, the "signed & personalized" copy sold after 51 bids.
A 1st edition 2nd printing (1941) attracted 21 bids.
Helmets of the Deep
A signed 1st edition of Lyon's book on diving helmets showed up at #9. It sold after 18 bids.
Dreams From My Father
Listed in "like new" condition and sold by an Obama volunteer, the book attracted 12 bids.
By the Numbers
19 sellers were from the USA
1 sellers were from the UK
3 sellers each sold 2 books
16 books were published during or after 1950
4 were published before 1950
5 sold as BIN 3
1 sold as a Best Offer
1 to 51 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 83.3 to 100.*
12 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 4 to 10470 for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1938.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
eBay Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
Peter Schoffer - Turrecremata - Incunable from 1478 !!!
Handwritten Antiphonary - 15th century - IMPERIALFOLIO
Brant - The Ship of Fools - Rare 2nd English ed. (1570)
1597 Rau COSMOGRAPHIA folio 21 Quad maps 92 wdcts SUPER
Book of Hours - 15th century Breviary - Stundenbuch !!!
#1 Expositio super toto psalterio
Johannes de Turrecremata
Dating back to 1478, is described as "Richly and artistically decorated incunable with 149 red and blue intials !! Rare third edition
printed by Peter Schoffer ! Contains the first ever printer's mark !!!" After 30 bids, it sold for $23,100.
The 15th century handwritten manuscript is described as "grand illuminated manuscript of monumental size !! 82 vellum leaves with 152 wonderful
handwritten initials !!! If the exclamation points look familiar, there's a reason. The German seller of #2 also sold #1, #3, and #5; in addition, the
seller is a regular on the Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5.
Ship of Fools
Described as a "very rare copy of the early English translation of the Stultifera Navis with 118 (!) impressive woodcut illustrations."
It received 34 bids and sold for $15,099.00.
A Swiss seller listed this 1597 Cosmographia folio 21 Quad maps. It sold after a single bid.
early 15th century Book of Hours
The German seller of #1, #2, and #3 holds the #5 place as well. This time it's a 15th century Book of Hours. It sold after 23 bids.