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.
Long-time readers of BookThink's Top 10 on eBay have seen the Taschen publication Sumo, by Helmut Newton, command high prices on a regular basis. Wonder how
the new printing will impact the price? Taschen.com has announced the 10th Anniversary Edition, writing, "[It] shares the same DNA as the original
record-breaking Limited Edition...." Now you can own a copy for just $150.
If you have waited endlessly for a first bid on a high-end book, you may have sympathy for one January top 10 seller's approach. The seller laid it on the line: if The Wizard of Oz
didn't get a bid by the target date, the seller would change from a $6,900 auction starting price to a fixed price listing at $10,000 with best offer option. Read the Antiquarian and Collectible
Top 5 for the result.
Fiction Top 10
||Child of God by Cormac McCarthy First Edition-Author
||AYN RAND ATLAS SHRUGGED FIRST EDITION 1ST PRINTING 1957
||1st ed THE LITTLE PRINCE in DJ 1943 Saint-Exupery
||Stephen King- Carrie True US 1st Edition F/F "Signed"
||1863 MOBY DICK HERMAN MELVILLE EARLY AMERICAN EDITION
||The Stand by Stephen King Limited Edition
||THE SHINING - Stephen King - SIGNED First Edition!
||ARTISTS INSPIRED BY H P LOVECRAFT DELUXE EDITION #27/50
||C.S. LEWIS UNCORRECTED PROOF - OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET
||Signed 1st Printing TWILIGHT Stephenie Meyer & Poster
The signed 1st edition in the original dust jacket, attracted 23 bids bids before selling for $2,532.
A Canadian seller sold this 1st edition, 1st printing of Ayn Rand's 1957 title. It was listed as like new in a "fine original DJ."
Sold as a Best Offer, the 1943 first edition in dust jacket went for $2,100.
The signed hardcover in dust jacket sold on a single bid.
24 bids took the 1863 good condition hardcover to $1,687.62. The "not a book seller" who bought the book to read got a quick education in terms such as "pastedown" and "free endpaper" in the process of the auction.
The "limited edition leather coffin box signed Stephen King" drew 23 bids to sell for $1,425. It was described as in "brand new condition.
Listed in "near fine to fine condition," the hardcover and dust jacket was signed by King.
A Lovecraft Retrospective
Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
Stuart Gordon and others
Weighing in at a hefty 25 lbs., the 3 book combo contains the signatures of most contributors. Listed in "brand new" condition, it sold as a BIN.
Out of the Silent Planet
21 bids took this 1938 acceptable condition uncorrected proof to $1,025. The Canadian seller noted, "This premier version is the first of C.S. Lewis' books to be published."
Another Canadian seller listed this signed 1st edition plus poster. After 47 bids, it sold for $1,025.
Non-Fiction Top 10
||Memoires des Commissaires du Roi, 1755, MAPS, 4 volumes
||LAKESIDE PRESS 1906 FRUITS OF SOLITUDE BOOK GREEN
||Stanley Kubrick - NAPOLEON - Taschen - BRAND NEW sealed
||Studio Olafur Eliasson, ART EDITION, TASCHEN, SOLD OUT
||Codex Augustanus Septuagint 1846 THEOLOGY Greek Bible
||1906 Western Travels. Thwaites Vol. 25. 81 BODMER PLATES
||North American Sylva, Forest TREES, Color Plates RARE
||1952 HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON Photobook DECISIVE MOMENT
||Book of Genesis SFE Limited 51/250 R. Crumb Robert NEW
||original 1940 Douglas A-33, Model 8A-5 Pilot's Handbook
Memoires Des Commissaires Du Roi et De Ceux De Sa Majeste Britannique, sur les Possessions and les Droits Respectifs des Deux Couronnes en Amerique; Avec les Actes
Publics and Pieces Justificatives
Tomes I-IV (Volumes 1-4)
38 bids took the 4-volume 1755 publication to $1,912. As the seller explains, " this is a series of documents concerning the dispute over land in America between the British and French governments in the 18th century."
Fruits of Solitude
Reflections and Maxims Relating to the Conduct of Human Life
The 1906 book sold on a single bid.
Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon
The Greatest Movie Never Made
Alison Castle, ed.
A single bid bought this 2009 Taschen publication, described as in brand new condition.
Another Taschen publication, this one from 2008, was sold in brand new condition. The limited edition of 200 copies has a metal cover.
An ex-library facsimile. the covers are soiled and some pages are "dampstained and soiled. It sold for $1,495.95 with a single bid.
Early Western Travels
Rueben Gold Thwaites
Sold after 7 bids, the 1906 "elephant folio volume..." "is volume 25 of a set of 31 (or 32)... and was called the Masimillian Atlas."
The North American Sylva; or, a Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia. Considered particularly with Respect to their Use in the Arts and their Introduction into Commerce. Volumes I, II, & III
Marc Jacobs, ed.
The 1865 ex-library set in good condition sold after 14 bids. The US seller believes the "156 tissue-guarded color engraving plates" could be hand-colored" or, altlernatively
could be chromo-lithographs.
Listed by a UK seller, the 1952 1st edition is described as "one of the all time great photobooks." It sold after 22 bids.
Think Felix the Cat's creator, "raunchy," scandalous," and "made for the tabloids." Then you'll have a good idea of artist Crumb's graphic novel rendering of the book of Genesis.
The signed limited 1st edition sold for $875 as a BIN.
Pilot's Handbook for the Model 8A-5 Airplane
The 1940 Douglas Aircraft publication in its 6-ring binder. After 7 bids, it sold for $829.55.
By the Numbers
16 sellers were from the USA
1 sellers were from the UK
3 sellers were from Canada
7 books were published during or after 1950
13 were published before 1950
Seller feedback ranged from 188 to 12147
3 purchases were BIN
2 purchase was a Best Offer
14 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 99.4% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1755s.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
||FIRST EDITION VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE 1839 DARWIN, FITZROY
||MUNSTER "COSMOGRAPHY" 1598 Europe,Africa,Asia,America
||IS THIS THE LOST BOOK OF NOSTRADAMUS? Italy 1585 Book
||THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ - 1st Edition 1st State L@@K
||1473 Leonardo de Utino Sermones INCUNABULA 1st edition
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty´s Ships Adventure and Beagle, Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing their Examination of the Southern
Shores of South America, and the Beagle´s Circumnavigation of the Globe
Charles Darwin, Robert Fitzroy, and Philip King
Sold as a Best Offer, the 1st edition sold for $19,100. The set consisted of 3 volumes in 4 and was listed by an Argentinean seller.
Cosmographey oder beschreibung der ganzen welt...
Listed by an Isreali seller, the 1598 work is described as containing "28 double-page woodcut maps, 64 double-page town views as well as more than 1200 woodcuts within the text." It sold as a
Ioachini Abbatis Vaticinia Circa Apostolicos Viros.
Le Profetie Dell' Abbate Gioachino intorno
alle vite de Sommi Pontefici
attributed to Joachim di Fiore
"Is this the lost book of Nostradamus?" the US sallers ask in their item title. They explain that they bought the book on eBay and, below the photographs, explain why
they believe the book for sale is connected with Nostradamus. 60 bids took the sale price to $11,100.
Several days before the auction ended, the US seller updated the content. "If this book does not receive a bid at the current $6900 starting price by very early morning on Tuesday [2 days prior
to the end of the auction, the seller would make it a $10,000 BIN with a Best Offer option. Likely someone did make a bit by the stated time because the auction ended at $8,243.45
with 3 bids.
Sermones Aurei De Sanctis
Leonardus De Utino
Printed in Venice in 1473, the book is described by the US seller as "every page is a typographic masterpiece." 26 bidders brought the final price to $7,600.
Want to read more articles by BookThink's Associate Editor Pamela Palmer? Click
Questions or comments?
Contact the editor, Craig Stark
Copyright 2003-2011 by BookThink LLC