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In December, the top 10 fiction category included authors ranging from Jane Austen to Neil Gaiman. In addition, regulars such as Fleming, O'Connor, Pynchon,
and Meyer made appearances. Coming in at #1 in the non-fiction group was Gen. Carl von Clausewitz 3-volume set On War, made particularly special because it
came from the library of T.E. Lawrence. A 1935 Japanese karate book came in second, followed by an unredacted copy of Dark Heart, the Taschen
publication Kate Moss, and 4 late-19th century volumes on chess, among others.
The Antiquarian and Collectible list was dominated by US sellers and contained both Best Offer and auction sales. Picasso, Wilfred Owen, Seigfried Sassoon, and Mark Twain
were included in the top 5.
Fiction Top 10
||IAN FLEMING - LIVE AND LET DIE - RARE UK 1ST 1954 w/DJ
||Numbered and Signed Stardust ARC, by Neil Gaiman
||WISE BLOOD by FLANNERY O'CONNOR FIRST EDITION 1952
||The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson (2011, Unabridge...
||Stephenie Meyer Signed Twilight Saga + Host 1/1 Fine
||63/100 slipcased Ray Bradbury set with 7 signatures
||John Grisham A TIME TO KILL Hc/Dj Wynwood 1st ed VG/VG
||PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Jane Austen, 1894, RARE 1st PEACOCK
||Thomas Pynchon : Gravity's Rainbow - First Edition
||NEW THINKERS Signed Numbered 1st Ed 1st Printing RARE
The very good 1954 1st edition in a fine, unrestored dust jacket sold on a single bid.
Listed in a charity auction benefitting Heifer International, the signed, numbered, like-new condition "special advanced edition" in a hard slipcover was donated by the author. It is numbered
#28 of 250 and sold after 25 bids.
Published in 1952, the 1st edition in dust jacket is described as in good condition. It sold as a Best Offer.
Coming in at #4 is another charity audtion, this one to benefit City Harvest. It is described as the signed, new, "'#1 softcover advance copy'"; a copy of the 1st edition
of The Faithful Spy was added as a bonus. 20 bids took the auction to $1,075.
Unread, signed 1st editions of the 5 Meyer books sold after a single bid. Listed in fine condition in dust jackets. An unsigned copy of The Short Second Life of
Bree Tanner was included as a bonus.
R is for Rocket
S is for Space
Forever and the Earth
The 3-volume hardback set in a slipcase was published as a limited edition in 2005. It was #63 of 100 in the edition. Each volume was signed by Bradbury and at least one other
person involved, whether author of a forward/introduction or artist. The 3rd volume - Forever and the Earth - consists of "11 stories
originally selected by Ray Bradbury for the first publication of S is for Space in 1966 but removed at the suggestion of the publisher."
It sold as a BIN.
The hardcover 1st edition in very good condition with a very good to very good plus dust jacket. It sold after a single bid.
The listing is for a 1st edition Peacock Edition dating from 1894, but, oddly, item specifics refer to a 1996 paperback. Described as containing "over 100 beautiful pen and
ink illustrations by Hugh Thomson," the book is in very good+ condition. It sold at the starting price of $899.95.
The 1st edition in new fine condition in a fine condition dust jacket sold as a BIN.
Coming in at #10 is a new signed numbered 1st edition of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner. It sold at the starting price of $800.
Non-Fiction Top 10
||ON WAR BY GEN. CARL VON CLAUSEWITZ 3 VOL1911
||GICHIN FUNAKOSHI 1935 ORIGINAL KARATE DO Kyohan 1st Pri
||Operation Dark Heart UNREDACTED 1st Anthony Shaffer
||Kate Moss by Mario Testino (copy #300 of 1500) TASCHEN
||ADOLF FASSBENDER - PICTORAL ARTISTRY #799/1000 SIGNED
||Ceske listy sachove 1896-1899, all 4 volumes, chess
||DIANE ARBUS - APERTURE MONOGRAPH - 1ST/1ST HC/DJ - FINE
||Calder's circus: 16 circus drawings by Alexander Calder
||Narcotics Anonymous It Works, First Edition, Red Cover
||ALLEGGERITA THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON THE GTAs RARE
Gen. Von Clausewitz
Col. J.J. Graham, translator
The 1911 2nd impression of the new revised edition in 3 volumes bears a book plate showing it was from "The Library of T.E. Lawrence Clouds Hill." It sold as a BIN.
Listed by a Japanese seller, the 1935 1st printing in acceptable condition sold as a Best Offer.
The unredacted 1st edition in very good condition sold as a BIN.
Copy #300 of 1500 of the Taschen publication in new condition sold as a BIN.
The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography
A signed 1937 elephant folio, this is #799 of 1000. Listed in near fine condition, it sold as a BO.
Called the "first printed Czech chess magazine," the two volumes attracted 5 bids and sold for $1,286.99.
An Aperture Monograph
Listed in new fine condition, the 1972 1st edition sold as a Best Offer.
Sold as a BIN, the 1972 volume consists of a "oversized hardcover with materials loose inside."
#963 of 2500 "published to raise funds to print the 1st edition blue book for Narcotics Anonymous," the good condition book sold after 3 bids.
Copy #725 in excellent condition sold for $1,038 after 15 bids.
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
||Rare HOLY BIBLE Parallel KING JAMES Leather ILLUSTRATED
||Treatise on Mass Medieval manuscript 1385 Liturgy
||MELODIES and 12 SONNETS by SASSOON and POEMS by OWEN
||Lysistrata PICASSO illustrated/signed LEC pristine
||FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF MARK TWAIN'S FIRST BOOK
Described as "RARE Leather binding with
5 raised bands on the spine and carved front and back boards with metal clasps that enclose over 1300 pages not including the index," the Bible sold as a Best Offer.
Hugo de Sancto Charo
Tractatus super missam
[Treatise on Mass]
Sold at the starting price, the c1385 manuscript on paper is unbound. It was listed by a Dutch seller.
Tersely described by a US seller, the three early 20th century books sold as a Best Offer.
28 bids took the 1934 Limited Editions Club volume in fine/unread condition to $5,416.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County
and Other Sketches
The 1st edition sold after 29 bids. It was listed with many detailed photos by a US seller.
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