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Lately the words "signed limited edition" ring in my ears every time I work on the eBay Top 10 fiction list. This time,
I counted and here's what I found: half the list of 10 (in-part or in-whole) was signed limited editions. Others, such as
Lone Cowboy by Will James, were merely signed.
Fiction Top 10
||The Twilight Saga Boxed Set SIGNED by Stephenie Meyer
||The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephenie Meyer SIGNED
||WELLS, H. G. La Guerre des Mondes -The War of the Worlds
||LIVE AND LET DIE IAN FLEMING 1ST ED HB J CAPE 1954 RARE
||SIGNED 1st/1st FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk w/tagline
||Robert E. Howard's SAVAGE TALES OF SOLOMON KANE Sgd/Ltd
||Confessions of a Crap Artist Philip K Dick SIGNED ltd
||One Hundred Years of Solitude RARE 1st Ed/1st State DJ
||George R. R. Martin A FEAST FOR CROWS Signed Ltd Edn
||A STORM OF SWORDS ~ George R.R. Martin ~ Num bered VF/VF
Twilight Saga [boxed set]
Each book in the set and the box were autographed by Stephenie Meyer. The new set was donated by the author to
7-day auction that attracted 53 bids. Proceeds went to benefit Project Book Babe.
Twilight Saga [boxed set]
Author Stephenie Meyer donated a second boxed set of the Twilight Saga to benefit Project Book Babe. After 48 bids, the 7-day auction
ended at $1,575.
The French translation of The War of the Worlds, published in Belgium in 1906, included 28 plates and 101 text drawings. It received 17 bids.
Listed by a UK seller, the 1954 1st edition without a dust jacket garnered 22 bids.
Signed and stamped, the unread VF book is in a VF dust jacket. It sold as a Best Offer.
Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Robert E. Howard
Sold as a BIN, the signed limited edition is #1028 of 1050. It was signed by the artist, Gary Gianni. The 1999 publication is new and in the
original box along with "a separate folio of 6 color plates ... [and] a CD ... with three Solomon Kane poems narrated."
Confessions of a Crap Artist
Phillip K. Dick
A Best Offer won the signed 1st limited edition described as in "very fine/as new" condition.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Described as "Very Fine condition in a Very Fine, price-clipped dustjacket that has been professional restored," the 1970 1st edition, 1st printing
sold as a BIN.
Sold to benefit the Haven Foundation, the book is a signed new edition with illustrations by Tom Canty.
The edition was limited to 448 signed numbered copies and is in a
slipcase. In an unusual note, the seller wrote, "Bidders may only bid on one of the sets of A Feast for Crows...."
The numbered 2-volume set in a slipcase was #263 of 448 copies signed by both Martin and Charles Vess. It sold as a BIN.
Non-Fiction Top 10
||SIGNED David Goldblatt PARTICULARS LTD 100 w/ Print
||LONE COWBOY WILL JAMES: SIGNED & A DRAWING, see picture
||Harry S Truman Memoirs Signed Autograph set SRP $3900
||VERY RARE Signed Walton Ford Book Taschen Limited New
||Alcoholics Anonymous First Edition Fifth Printing
||The Legends of Motorsports by Dave Friedman (1992)
||Eccentric Excursions CRUIKSHANK WOODWARD 100 plates
||KARATE GOJU Ryu By The CAT GoGeN YaMaGUCHI RARE
||VERY RARE*TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY ADIRONDACK WILDERNESS
||SIGNED Terri Weifenbach INSTRUCTION MANUAL All 3 Books
The signed limited edition (#6 of 100) in a slipcase sold as a BIN. The book and slipcase were described as in fine condition; the
dustjacket has slight wear.
11 bids took this 1930 1st edition to $1,136 in a 7-day auction. Signed by Will James, the book contains a sketch signed Bill James; the sketch is attached to
the back cover.
Memoirs Harry S. Truman
Vol. 1 Year of Decisions
Vol. 2 Years of Trial and Hope
Sold as a BIN, the 2 volume set was accompanied by "a blue hardbound limited deluxe edition original inauguration program from
1949." The seller notes that this type of program was only given to Presidential invitees and the Inaugural Committee. Both volumes of the
memoirs were signed and inscribed by Truman.
The 2007 Taschen publication includes rich, high quality color photographs of Ford's paintings. It is 1 of 1500 in the limited
edition and was described as in new condition.
Published in 1944, this 1st edition, 5th printing copy of Alcoholics Anonymous attracted 2 bids. The seller states that it is "overall in good
condition as pronounced by two different licensed San Francisco book dealers." Strangely, the seller does not accept PayPal, indicating "Cashiers
Vrooom! Vrooom! A signed limited 1st edition 1992 volume in new condition received 20 bids before selling for $888.88. It was signed
by many famous racers and is #97 of 350 published in this edition.
or, Literary & Pictoral Sketches of Countenance, Character & Country in Different Parts of England & South Wales ...
The 1796 copy lacks original boards and was described as "an excellent candidate for a rebind." Ex-library and housed in a clam case, the volume
contains all the original 100 plates, some rebacked. It sold as a Best Offer.
The English version of the Japanese original, this autobiography sold for $799 as a BIN.
Report on a Typographical Survey of The Adirondack Wilderness
of New York
Published in 1873, the 1st edition contains 43 pagesand includes plates and foldout maps. It was described as in good condition. The report was
commissioned "to report on the expediency of setting apart the whole Adirondack region as a state forest preserve." The author, a well-known
topographic engineer experienced in the region, influenced the passage of the bill.
Instruction Manual No. 1: 21. May 1995 (Roses)
Instruction Manual No. 2: 21. April 1996 (Bee)
Instruction Manual No. 3: 25. June 1996 (Blue Sky)
Sold as a Best Offer, the set was part of a 1st limited edition of 500 signed copies, "each with an original type C-print."
By the Numbers
18 sellers were from the USA
1 sellers was from the UK
1 seller was from Belgium
books were published during or after 1950
14 were published before 1950
6 sold as BIN
6 sold as BO
2 to 53 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 30 to 6018
17 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 99.6% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1796.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
||HELMUT NEWTON SUMO
||1856 Audubon Quadrupeds of North America 3 Volume Set
||1568 VESALIUS De Humani Corporis MEDICAL ANATOMY Folio!
||Harper Lee SIGNED 1st Print TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD rare
||1510 EXTRAORDINARY BOOK OF HOURS PRINTED ON VELLUM
The large 1999 signed Taschen publication attracted 2 bids to sell for $8,500.
Quadrupeds of North America
John James Audubon and The Rev. John Bachman D.D.
The 3-volume set dates from 1856 and was described as in "extremely nice condition." Leather bound with minor foxing, the set sold for $7,500 after
Printed in Venice in 1568, the folio was bound in the 1950s and was described as in "very good antiquarian condition." It attracted
8 bids in a 7-day auction.
The 1st edition signed by the author attracted 31 bids. The "signature has been verified by Global Authentication Inc."
Listed by a French seller, the 1510 book of hours sold as a best offer.
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