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.
The saga of Aegard makes clear that what you see on eBay isn't always what happened. After a long run in the Antiquarian Top 5, Aegard
is now not a registered user and his auctions were pulled. In this column, we report what eBay shows in search results and in individual
listings. What we don't - and can't - usually know is whether what we see there is true. So take a grain of salt along with Top 10, and we'll
keep trying to get it as on target as the information allows.
Fiction Top 10
||HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE First Edition dj
||1960 To Kill a Mockingbird 1st ED Harper Lee
||"87 1ST SIGN-THE BROOM OF THE SYSTEM -D. FOSTER WALLACE
||ROMANCERO GITANO*LORCA*RARE 1928 1ST*GYPSY BALLADS*SPAN
||S. Sassoon-1ST-MEMOIRS OF A FOXHUNTING MAN-SIGNED-RARE
||Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy 1st Ed. Random House
||Stephen King Cycle of the Werewolf #169/350 signed
||Twilight Stephenie Meyer 2005 SIGNED FULL SIGNATURE
||No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (2005)
||Ian Fleming-1st Ed-GOLDGINGER-First imp 1959 HB/DJ
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Sold as a BIN, the 1998 1st edition, 1st printing was described as fine in a fine dust jacket.
34 bids took the 1st edition from the starting bid of $14.99 to sell for $2,030. Flaws mentioned included "minor shelf wear" and a name
The Broom of the System
David Foster Wallace
The signed 1st edition, 1st printing was described as in mint condition. It sold as a Best Offer.
Romancero Gitano 1924-1927
Federico Garcia Lorca
The leather-bound 1928 volume was described as a "rare first edition" and ex-library. After 18 bids, it sold for $1,025.
Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man
Listed by a UK seller, the signed 1st edition was part of a limited edition of 300 that included signatures of
both Sassoon and the artist. Described as "appears unread," both the cover and dust jacket are in very good condition. The auction
attracted 18 bids.
A 1st edition described as an "excellent unmarked copy with unclipped dust jacket," the volume attracted 13 bids and sold for $1,003.88.
Described as a "fine copy in dustjacket and slipcase," the 1st edition is #169 of 350 published.
The 1st edition, 1st printing was signed by the author. 20 bids took it from $.99 to $910.
#79 of a limited edition of 300, the unread book in slipcase was signed by the author.
Despite being called "Goldginger" in the auction title, the copy of Goldfinger sold for $799.53. It was listed by a UK seller
and attracted 21 bids.
Non-Fiction Top 10
||Narcotics Anonymous First 1st Edition Basic Text
||NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS - FIRST EDITION 1st - Numbered #710
||Narcotics Anonymous 1st Edition
||Antarctic Expedition Shirase book 1913 RARE
||Narcotics Anonymous First 1st Edition Basic Text
||SIGNED David LaChapelle ARTISTS & PROSTITUTES and NEW
||ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS BOOK 1ST EDITION 6TH PRINTING RARE
||Benjamin Graham Security Analysis 1934 1st Ed 4th Impre
||Vanishing Cultures South Africa - Signed Nelson Mandela
||LEROY GRANNIS - SURF PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE 1960'S & 1970'S
The 1st edition #1045, the book is described as "tight binding, it has never been openend all the way." The seller's name was the only
flaw mentioned. After 19 bids, it sold for $2,175.
Another 1st edition, this one #710, was listed in very good condition with minor foxing. It received 2 bids.
Described as in like new condition, the book attracted 10 bids.
A Japanese seller listed this 1913 1st edition with text in Japanese. Flaws described include foxing, stains, wear, and some tears.
Yet another copy of Narcotics Anonymous sold after a single bid. Listed in good condition, the owner/seller used it through the 5th
step, and there's some writing and highlighting present. But the real problem is with eBay's shipping calculator which wouldn't work for
the seller. As he notes, "$22.90 is way more than the shipping will really be."
A signed copy "still in Publisher's Wrap" sold on a single bid. It was #1063 of 2500 printed.
Described as a "rare ... 1st edition and 6th printing in good condition," the 1944 volume attracted 22 bids to sell for $1,280.
Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
In a careful description of condition, the U.S. seller noted the tight binding and legible text along with flaws that ranged from
underlining on 62 pages to around 9 pages with folder corners and "letters CK written on bottom edges of pages in pencil."
The 1st edition, 4th impression sold for $1,250.00 as a BIN.
Vanishing Cultures of South Africa
Alan Mountain and Peter Magubane
Inscribed by Nelson Mandela who penned the foreword, the 1998 book in near fine condition with a very good dust jacket sold on a single bid.
Leroy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s
Jim Heimann, Steve Barilotti, and Leroy Grannis
Published in Germany by Taschen, the 2006 1st edition was 1 of 1000 signed copies in the deluxe edition. Text is in English, German
and French. Described as "new in new slipcase," it sold as a best offer.
By the Numbers
17 sellers were from the USA
2 sellers were from the UK
1 seller was from Japan
1 seller sold 2 books
15 books were published during or after 1950
5 were published before 1950
3 sold as BIN
2 sold as BO
1 to 34 to was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 1 to 10331
15 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 97.2% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1913.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
Note: The Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5 is incomplete this month. When data was gathered for the 1st part of the month,
the familiar seller Aegard was in positions #1, #2, #3, and #5. Now all those auctions have been removed and Aegard is
no longer a registered user. Those facts came to light later in the month and more auctions were gathered
for the list. There's no way to know if earlier February sales surpassed #2 through 5 on the Top 10 list. #1, though, is in the
right position as the only remaining auction of the original February Top 5.
For more discussion of this matter, see the second paragraph on
||The Hobbit 1st Edition/1st Imp w/DJ *Stunning Rarity*
||HELMUT NEWTON SUMO BOOK IN BOX
||1612 GALILEO GALILEI Discorso PHYSICS Archimedes 1ST ED
||NY & Harlem Railroad Co HANDWRITTEN Ledger 1831-1837
||1483 CHRONICLE Eusebius Chronicon RATDOLT INCUNABULA
*Buyer is NARU (not a registered user) so the final value is not validated.
A UK seller tops the Antiquarian & Collectible list with a 1st edition/1st issue of The Hobbit. It's described as "a rare
highly sought after un-restored copy of one of the finest children's books of the last 100 years." It sold after 17 bids.
#3302 of 10,000 copies, this copy has been stored since it was received and is described as in mint condition. The US seller saw it sell
Discorso Al Serenissimo Don Cosimo II
Calling it a "rare first edition of Galileo's important and controversial treatise on hydorstatics ...," the U.S. seller noted the
"Galileo's championing of the Copernican system was controversial within his lifetime" and he later recanted "his
heliocentrism." It received 22 bids. The same seller sold #5.
New York & Harlem Railroad
Listed by the US seller of #3, the 2nd edition is described as an "elegantly printed and scarce incunable edition of an important early chronicle
produced by one of the most famous early printers ...."
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