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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.
Fiction Top 10
||Starship Troopers --- Robert A. Heinlein True 1st/1st
||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1st Edition Signed
||DUNE BY FRANK HERBERT 1 EDITION 1965
||ERNEST HEMINGWAY SIGNED FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS 1ST
||Bernard Cornwell - SHARPE'S SWORD UK F/VG SIGNED
||H.P. Lovecraft "Three Tales of Horror" Arkham 1967 Nice
||AUTOGRAPHED-MOONWALKER-BOOK-MICHAEL JACKSON 1st EDITION
||David Eddings SIGNED BOOK! POLGARA THE SORCERESS
||Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 2005 1st/1st First Edition
||Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood - Limited, Signed
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."
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The signed 1st edition in new condition attracted 6 bids before selling for $1,226.00.
17 bids took the 1965 1st edition to $1,136.00, following the seller's exhortation: "Come Get This."
The 1940 signed 1st edition garnered 9 bids, selling for $940. Listed in good condition, it has "some fading on spine [and] corners
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.
The 1967 limited edition published by Arkham Houses attracted 29 bids. The book is in very good- condition and the dust jacket in very
Michael Jackson autographed this 1988 1st edition softcover, listed in very good condition. 38 bids took it to $651.
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
Listed by a UK seller, the 2005 1st edition in good condition received 17 bids, selling for $549.23.
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.
Non-Fiction Top 10
||HELMUT NEWTON'S ILLUSTRATED INSCRIBED to Ralph Gibson
||K2 KARAKORAM & WESTERN HIMALAYA Duke of the Abruzzi
||SUMO Helmut Newton 400 Fashion Nudes Celebrity Photos
||Moonwalk -Michael Jackson 1st Edit. AUTOGRAPHED HC/DJ
||Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters, Ltd Ed (w/ Photogravure Pr)
||Great 1835 Book of Regency Furniture Designs by Brown
||Taschen's Muhammad Ali Tribute BIG GOAT Book
||"The Spirit of Saint Louis" by Charles Lindbergh
||REFLECTIONS OF A NUCLEAR WEAPONEER
||Special Alcoholics Anonymous 1st Ed 14th Printing
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.
Karakoram and Western Himalaya 1909
An Account of the Expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi
Filippo de Filippi
Published around 100 years ago, the 1st edition in very good condition sold as a BIN.
The huge Taschen publication sold as a best offer. It was signed and described as in very good/fine condition.
An signed 1st edition hardcover copy of Moonwalk sold for $4,951 after 2 bids.
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.
The Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture
Comprising Instructions for Designing and Delineating the Different Articles of Those Branches Geometrically and Perspectively ...
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."
A Tribute to Muhammad Ali
A new-in-box copy of GOAT sold for $2,200 after 2 bids.
The signed 1st limited presentation edition (#59 of 1000} was published in 1953 and was described as in "98% perfect condition."
Reflections of a Nuclear Weaponeer
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.
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.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
||Lot of 4 Antique Chinese Block Print Books
||HISTORIAE ECCLESIASTICAE, Noel,2x 1stEd. 1681+1683,LATIN
||PABLO PICASSO Vintage Signed Book with Drawing 1958 NR
||Chaucer Workes 1561 Stow Edition V. RARE Canterbury &c
||RARE 1757 1ST EDIT 1ST STATE JOHN BASKERVILLE VIRGIL
[Lot of 4 Antique Chinese Block Print Books]
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."
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.
The Private World of Pablo Picasso
David Douglas Duncan
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.
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.
The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer
newly printed with diuers addicions,
whiche were neuer in printe before ...
Publii Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, Et Aeneis
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
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