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Modern fiction dominated it's top 10 category with all titles published after 1950. In addition to the usual King, Fleming, and Tolkien, there's
Meyer, Wallace, Card, and Tales of Suspense #39. BookThink readers likely will recognize the #11 title: The Highland Mole, by
Gordon and Williams and signed by both, sold for $726.25. It was a 1st edition hardback, described as 1 of the 500 printed.
The non-fiction list ranged from Hemingway's In Our Time at the #1 position to Jerusalem Windows at #10. Listing a book in
the "wrong" caregory isn't uncommon, especially among high end works. Was it an error or a strategy? Only the U.S. seller knows for sure.
For those of you tracking the fortunes of the Top 10 Antiquarian frequent seller, he or she shows up 3 times on the October 2008 list.
Fiction Top 10
||Stephen King- The Gunslinger DT 1 Grant Signed Limited
||Tales of Suspense #39 cgc 8.0 slight(P) exist cgc
||Exquisite Signed Stephen King - THE STAND-#821 of 1250
||FIRST EDITION IAN FLEMING JAMES BOND LIVE AND LET DIE
||THE TWO TOWERS 1st. U.S.ed. In DJ J.R.R. Tolkien
||Stephen King - Green Mile - Signed Limited #110
||SIGNED 1st Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace + Bonus
||Moonraker Ian Fleming Uk HB 1ST/1ST 1955 Cape
||STEPHENIE MEYER NEW MOON FIRST PRTING SIGNED BY AUTHOR
||Card's Ender's Game First Edition Extremely Fine
The signed limited edition in a slipcase was among the 500 issued. The US seller ran into the automatically assigned
"acceptable" eBay puts in item specifics when the seller doesn't supply that information. However, the auction text gives the
condition as fine.
Other sources give the date as 1963 when this magazine with a cover cost of 12 cents was published.
After 1 sentence of text, the terse US seller leaves it to
pictures to show details.
A signed deluxe 1st edition, this was #821 of 1250 and sold after a single bid.
Live and Let Die.
Listed by a UK seller, the 1st edition was called "one of the rarest Bond books!" It garnered 34 bids.
The Two Towers
The 1st US edition is described as "A fine copy with map ... in a near fine price clipped dust jacket." It sold as a BIN.
Sold as a Best Offer, the signed limited 10th anniversary limited edition contains 60 new sketches by Mark Geyer.
David Foster Wallace
This book was listed by a Canadian seller and sold to a novice eBay buyer. Nearly a month after the listing closed, though,
there is no feedback to indicate whether the sale was completed or not.
Sold by a UK seller in a facsimile dust jacket, the 1st edition is described as in "very nice condition." It sold after 31 bids.
Published in 2006, the book is described as "As New in an As New dustjacket." It sold as a best offer.
Orson Scott Card
Listed in "new condition," the book sold as a BIN
Non-Fiction Top 10
||Ernest Hemingway in Our Time Scarce 1st w/Orig Jacket
||SIGNED 1st - 1995 - DREAMS FROM MY FATHER - Barack Obama
||Alcoholics Anonymous 1st Edition FOURTH Printing 1943
||Narcotics Anonymous : FIRST EDITION - Basic Text
||Alcoholics Anonymous Book 1941 1st Edition 2nd Printing
||A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA and CHINA
||JAR PARIS JEWELRY JOEL ARTHUR ROSENTHAL BRAND NEW
||Christian Bale Signed The Dark Knight Poster and Book
||Marilyn A Hollywood Farewell Leigh Wiener Monroe HC DJ
||JERUSALEM WINDOWS Marc Chagall '62 1stEd American FINE
In Our Time
Listing fiction in eBay's non-fiction category happens rarely among higher priced items. In this case, the US seller saw the
1st edition with dust jacket sell to a notice buyer. Some 12 days later, no feedback had been recorded.
Dreams From My Father
The future President's signed book sold as a Best Offer for $7,350. This fell somewhat below the BIN price of $8,999.95.
Listed by a US seller with an unusual -1 feedback, the 1st edition 4th printing (1943) in the original dust jacket sold after 23 bids.
This 1st edition was described as in excellent condition; it sold as a BIN.
11 bids took the 1st edition, 2nd printing volume to $2,556.55.
Published in 1936, the signed and numbered first edition hardcover is #238 of 370. It sold as a Best Offer.
A Papermaking Pilgrimage to Japan, Korea and China
Joel Arthur Rosenthal
Described as New with slipcase unused vacuum sealed, in mint perfect condition, the 2003 volume sold for $1,375.00 after 14 bids.
The Dark Knight
Signed by Christian Bale with proceeds going to Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity, the book sold for $1,276
after 24 bids. The auction included production art and a full shooting script.
Marilyn: A Hollywood Farewell
27 bids took this new condition 1st edition to $1,081.95.
A frequent title in the Top 10, this copy of Jerusalem Windows sold as a BIN.
By the Numbers
16 sellers were from the USA
2 sellers were from the UK
2 sellers were from Canada
16 books were published during or after 1950
4 were published before 1950
4 sold as BIN
4 sold as BO
1 to 34 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from -1 [Yes, that's a negative 1] to 5489.*
15 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 0% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1925.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
||Breviarium Coloniense - Illuminated Manuscript - 1390 !
||SENSE AND SENSIBILITIY Jane Austen 1st 3 Vol Set 1811
||Breviarium, around 1370!! Grand Illuminated Manuscript!
||AA Big Book 1939 / Alcoholics Anonymous 1st edition
||Book of Hours - Stundenbuch - 2 Miniatures - 1450 !!!
c1390 Latin Ms.
The German seller listed this c1390 illuminated vellum manuscript in original binding and sold it after 34 bids for $37,199.
The same seller
sold #3 and #5.
Sense and Sensibility
By a Lady
A 3-volume 1811 set of Sense and Sensibility was among the 750 copies published. Described by the US seller as
"Extremely rare scarce,"
The binding is half-calf.
c1370 Illuminated Ms.
Listed by the seller of #3 and #5, this manuscript sold after 13 bids.
The 1939 1st edition is described as in "fairly good condition without any major flaws." After 22 bids, it sold for $14,126.
Book of Hours
The German seller of #1 and #3 holds the #5 place as well. This time it's a 1450 century Book of Hours. It sold after 34 bids.
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