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BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
July 2009

by Pamela Palmer

#138, 21 September 2009

 
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 big news on the top 10 fiction front was the sale of several science fiction and fantasy books. Venerable names such as Lovecraft, Heinlein, Herbert, and Arkham House were joined on the list by Edding's Polgara the Sorceress and Meyer's Twilight to fill half the list. In the area of non-fiction, Helmut Newton, Michael Jackson, and Muhammad Ali titles were interspersed with such works as Karakoram and Western Himalaya 1909 ..., the 2000 Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theatres limited edition, and a 1835 book on regency furniture. Continuing the best offer and BIN trend, only half the non-fiction list was purchased at auction.

eBay
Fiction Top 10
July 2009

#1 $3,000.00 Starship Troopers --- Robert A. Heinlein True 1st/1st
#2 $1,226.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1st Edition Signed
#3 $1,136.00 DUNE BY FRANK HERBERT 1 EDITION 1965
#4 $940.00 ERNEST HEMINGWAY SIGNED FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS 1ST
#5 $850.00 Bernard Cornwell - SHARPE'S SWORD UK F/VG SIGNED
#6 $710.00 H.P. Lovecraft "Three Tales of Horror" Arkham 1967 Nice
#7 $651.00 AUTOGRAPHED-MOONWALKER-BOOK-MICHAEL JACKSON 1st EDITION
#8 $600.00 David Eddings SIGNED BOOK! POLGARA THE SORCERESS
#9 $549.23 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 2005 1st/1st First Edition
#10 $510.00 Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood - Limited, Signed

#1
Starship Troopers
Robert Heinlein
350187357355

An ex-library 1st edition/1st printing of Starship Troopers sold as BIN for $3,000. It was described as in very good condition with the dust jacket "near Fine, almost flawless."

#2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
130318871537

The signed 1st edition in new condition attracted 6 bids before selling for $1,226.00.

#3
Dune
Frank Herbert
320395287580

17 bids took the 1965 1st edition to $1,136.00, following the seller's exhortation: "Come Get This."

#4
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
380136264273

The 1940 signed 1st edition garnered 9 bids, selling for $940. Listed in good condition, it has "some fading on spine [and] corners lightly bumped."

#5
Sharpe's Sword
Bernard Cornwell
190319059175

Signed by the author, the 1985 reprint of UK Collin's Sharpe's Sword, sold as a best offer. The book was listed in fine condition and the dust jacket was in very good condition.

#6
Three Tales of Horror
H.P. Lovecraft
280371998606

The 1967 limited edition published by Arkham Houses attracted 29 bids. The book is in very good- condition and the dust jacket in very good condition.

#7
Moonwalker
The Storybook

Michael Jackson
250453184454

Michael Jackson autographed this 1988 1st edition softcover, listed in very good condition. 38 bids took it to $651.

#8
Polgara the Sorceress
David Eddings
390065050335

Selling with a single bid, the as new 1997 1st edition was signed by both authors, a husband and wife team, and "is inscribed to David's mother-in-law."

#9
Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
280369353389

Listed by a UK seller, the 2005 1st edition in good condition received 17 bids, selling for $549.23.

#10
Norwegian Wood
Haruki Murakami
140330698691

As 1 of 500 in the signed and numbered limited edition, this copy is enclosed in a steel clamshell case. "There is a card insert bearing Murakami's signature, his stamp, and .... number 471 / 500." 11 bids took it to $510.  

eBay
Non-Fiction Top 10
July 2009

#1 $7,500.00 HELMUT NEWTON'S ILLUSTRATED INSCRIBED to Ralph Gibson
#2 $5,000.00 K2 KARAKORAM & WESTERN HIMALAYA Duke of the Abruzzi
#3 $4,999.00 SUMO Helmut Newton 400 Fashion Nudes Celebrity Photos
#4 $4,951.00 Moonwalk -Michael Jackson 1st Edit. AUTOGRAPHED HC/DJ
#5 $4,295.00 Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters, Ltd Ed (w/ Photogravure Pr)
#6 $3,000.00 Great 1835 Book of Regency Furniture Designs by Brown
#7 $2,200.00 Taschen's Muhammad Ali Tribute BIG GOAT Book
#8 $1,500.00 "The Spirit of Saint Louis" by Charles Lindbergh
#9 $1,427.00 REFLECTIONS OF A NUCLEAR WEAPONEER
#10 $1,413.88 Special Alcoholics Anonymous 1st Ed 14th Printing

#1
Helmut Newton's Illustrated
Helmut Newton
200333910397

Heading the non-fiction top 10 is a like new 1st edition softcover of photographs by Helmut Newton. It sold as a best offer for $7,500.

#2
Karakoram and Western Himalaya 1909
An Account of the Expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi

2 volumes
Filippo de Filippi
110402716637

Published around 100 years ago, the 1st edition in very good condition sold as a BIN.

#3
Sumo
Helmut Newton
110409615167

The huge Taschen publication sold as a best offer. It was signed and described as in very good/fine condition.

#4
Moonwalk
Michael Jackson
180377355126

An signed 1st edition hardcover copy of Moonwalk sold for $4,951 after 2 bids.

#5
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theatre
Hiroshi Sugimoto
260428961225

New in the publisher packaging, the 2000 publication was listed as 2 available when this copy sold for $4,295.00. It was part of a limited edition of 1000.

#6
The Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture
Comprising Instructions for Designing and Delineating the Different Articles of Those Branches Geometrically and Perspectively ...

Richard Brown
360167182199

The 1835 book of Regency furniture design sold as a BIN. Described as in very good condition, it was published in London and was called, "one of the most singular and outspoken cabinetmaking books of the 19th century, and was also the first devoted in large part to the new Greek Revival style in furniture."

#7
GOAT
A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Benedikt Taschen
120451885180

A new-in-box copy of GOAT sold for $2,200 after 2 bids.

#8
The Spirit of Saint Louis
Charles Lindbergh
120441696597

The signed 1st limited presentation edition (#59 of 1000} was published in 1953 and was described as in "98% perfect condition."

#9
Reflections of a Nuclear Weaponeer
Frank Shelton
250453854950

The hefty "1st edition/2nd printing copy in excellent condition" covers the development of nuclear weapons. Written by a man who spent a 40-year career in that field, it contains "400 figures of which 100 pictures are in color." It sold after 15 bids.

#10
Alcoholics Anonymous
190321228320

A 1st edition, 14th printing, the book embossed in gold with "George B Madden Delegate General Service Conference 1952-1953." Inscribed to George by Bill following by a second signature that appears to be Lois or Luis. After 24 bids, it sold for $1,413.88.

By the Numbers

19 sellers were from the USA
1 sellers was from the UK
17 books were published during or after 1950
3 were published before 1950
Seller feedback ranged from 20 to 21,606
4 purchases were BIN
3 purchases were Best Offer
14 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 95.9% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1835.

*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.

 

eBay
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
July 2009

#1 $10,000.00 Lot of 4 Antique Chinese Block Print Books
#2 $9,900.00 HISTORIAE ECCLESIASTICAE, Noel,2x 1stEd. 1681+1683,LATIN
#3 $7,300.00 PABLO PICASSO Vintage Signed Book with Drawing 1958 NR
#4 $7,200.00 Chaucer Workes 1561 Stow Edition V. RARE Canterbury &c
#5 $6,850.00 RARE 1757 1ST EDIT 1ST STATE JOHN BASKERVILLE VIRGIL

#1
[Lot of 4 Antique Chinese Block Print Books]

270424904113

Selling at a cool $10,000 after 2 bids, the antique Chinese books were sold by a relative novice with 16 feedbacks. The US seller was frank, writing "I can only tell you that according to the previous owner that these books were prints from the 16th century so please forgive me if I may be off on the time period."

#2
Historiae Ecclesiasticae
NoŽl Alexandre
110401884760

Printed in 1681 and 1683, the two volumes are part of what the seller calls "... the first European Historical work founded on documents and consisting of objective analyzing of facts." They sold as a BIN for $9,900.

#3
The Private World of Pablo Picasso
David Douglas Duncan
250454640033

Listed by a Romanian seller, the 1958 hardcover was signed by Picasso. It was described as, "Very slight overall wear. Interior very clean and bright" and sold after 48 bids for $7,300.

#4
The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer
newly printed with diuers addicions,
whiche were neuer in printe before ...

Geoffrey Chaucer
140335271373

Coming in at #4 is the 1561 Stow Edition of Canterbury Tales. The Canadian seller calls it "a very rare copy of the earliest realistically obtainable edition of the complete works of Geoffrey Chaucer." It sold for $7,200 after 28 bids.

#5
Publii Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, Et Aeneis
Virgil
350201177011

Published in 1757, the 432 page volume with 95 full-page plates was a $6,850 best offer sale for a US seller. The seller calls it "John Baskerville's first publication. Baskerville's Virgil was the first European book in which 'wove' paper was used."

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