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In May, eBay's highest book sales trended downward as schools ended and summer neared. Fiction topped out at $1,802.77, passed by the #1 non-fiction at $3,000. Two Arkham house publications
from the 1940s were sold by the same author and at the same price. In non-fiction, relative newcomers with feedback of 4, 24, and 44 scored big. Two copies of the ever popular
Margin of Safety were sold. One went for $3000 and the other for $1000.
Fiction Top 10
||Signed THE STAND by Stephen King Limited Coffin Edition
||Planescape Sketchbook TSR 1994 Knutson Conceptual AD&D
||MARGINALIA H P LOVECRAFT ARKHAM 1ST ED HC DJ 1944
||HOUNDS OF TINDALOS SIGNED BY FRANK LONG ARKHAM 1946 1ST
||Easton Press Belgariad all with David Eddings signature
||NEW MOON STEPHENIE MEYER SIGNED 1ST first twilight !!
||Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express HC 1st UK
||Cormac McCarthy BLOOD MERIDIAN *FIRST EDITION* HARDBACK
||Child Christopher and Goldilind 1895 2 vol rare x box
||THE LAST BATTLE C.S. LEWIS SIGNED
Listed in like new condition, the 1990 signed limited edition is #1230 of 1250 and sold after 13 bids.
The 1994 like new copy sold for $1,325.01 after 16 bids.
Arkham House published 2035 copies in 1944. Listed for $1,249.95, it sold as a BIN.
Another Arkham publications, this one from 1946, sold for $1,295.95 sold as a BIN.
The signed 1st edition in like new condition sold as a Best Offer.
Pawn of Prophecy
Queen of Sorcery
Castle of Wizardry
The 5-vol. Easton Press set was signed in each volume by the author. Listed in brand new condition, it sold as a BIN.
Murder on the Orient Express
22 bids took the good condition 1934 hardcoveer to $1,025.00.
Thee 1st edition in like new edition sold on a single bid of $999.99.
Goldilind the Fair
Published by Morris' Kelmscott Press in 1895, this 2-volume set in a box is among the 600 printed. Listed in new fine condition, it sold as a
Listed by a Canadian seller, the 1956 signed first edition "came from the Arthur C Clarke estate in Sri Lanka." It sold as a Best Offer.
Non-Fiction Top 10
||Margin of safety
||SUN ZI BING FA, Inperial Collection. Rare edition
||Me & G.B. book Glen Bluxton / Alice Cooper group book
||1976 Montreal Olympics Final Report in Original Box 511
||2 BKS.UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, HARRIET TUBMAN TRUE 1ST EDS
||1989 Easton Press~Speaking My Mind~Reagan Signed Ltd.
||ULSTER,IRISH,JOURNJAL CO.DONEGAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY1947
||Rage Company by Thomas P. Daly
||The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
||Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman (1991, Hardcover)
A regular in the non-fiction top 10, Margin of Safety continues to attract interest. This signed copy sold for $3,000 as a BIN.
Sun Tzu on The Art of War
Lionel Giles, trans.
Translated by Lionel Giles in 1910, "Sun Tzu on the Art of War" was called "the oldest military treatise in the world." It sold with a single bid.
Called "the rarest of my Alice Cooper books," this is #5 of 50 published sold for $1,500.
#511 of 3000 copies, this report consists of 3 volumes in a slipcase. Listed in like new condition, is sold at the starting price of
[2 1st editions about the underground railroad, Harriet Tubman]
Words are especially important in a listing when the photos are
removed. Here's what can be speculated from the listing itself. Book 1 was published in 1872. The most likely title published in 1872
is The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships,
Hair-Breadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of the Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom.... No publication date is given
for book 2, so an educated guess of the title is not possible.
A signed copy of the Easton Press publication attracted 5 bids to sell for $1,239.00.
Journal of the County Donegal Historical Society
4 November 1947, December 1948, December 1949, and 1950
As the UK seller explains, "This is the first 4 issues published 1947-1950 bound together in one volume...." After 39 bids, the auction ended at
The 1st edition of Black's Law Dictionary from 1891 sold as a BIN the day it was listed. The US seller described it as
"in great shape with light wear and only some corner bumps and scratches."
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Listed as like new, the 1st edition 1975 signed book sold as a BIN.
Klarman's noted 1991 book was listed as a signed hardcover in new condition. The book was donated by the author to support Prize4Life, a non-profit focused on ALS.
19 sellers were from the USA
1 sellers was from Canada
11 books were published during or after 1950
9 were published before 1950
4 sold as BIN
5 sold as BO
1 to 39 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 4 to 80747
19 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback percentage ranged from 99.5% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1842.
*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
||Mort-Saint-Michel by michael Kenna & Henry Adams
||ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (DALI) 1ST EDITION
||THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BY STEPHEN KING
||INCUNABLA ANTIQUITATE JUDAICA 1486 JOSEPHUS SECOND ED
||Swift Travels into Remote Nations 1726 Gulliver 1ST AA
Michael Kenna, photographer
Henry Adams, author
#33 of 60 signed and numbered copies, the 1966 publication was listed "in excellent condition" It sold after 7 bids.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Salvador Dali prints
Listed in very good condition with a very good dust jacket, this is #194 of 200 in the limited edition "with additional set of prints on
Japan Nacre paper. It sold as a BIN.
Another signed limited edition, this is #146 of 500. It was described as in fine/fine condition with a slipcase.
Described as a "wonder and exceptional early manuscript on vellum," it sold after 32 bids.
De antiquitate judaqica
De bella Judaico
Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World...
[also known as Gulliver's Travels]
The 1726 1st edition is in 2 volumes "bound in the original unrestored, early 18th century English dark brown calf." It attracted 43 bids to sell for $5,999.
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