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Non-Fiction Top 10
May 2010

#1 $3,000.00 Margin of safety
#2 $2,348.98 SUN ZI BING FA, Inperial Collection. Rare edition
#3 $1,500.00 Me & G.B. book Glen Bluxton / Alice Cooper group book
#4 tie $1,300.00 1976 Montreal Olympics Final Report in Original Box 511
#6 $1,239.00 1989 Easton Press~Speaking My Mind~Reagan Signed Ltd.
#8 $1,010.00 Rage Company by Thomas P. Daly
#9 tie $1,000.00 The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
#9 tie $1,000.00 Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman (1991, Hardcover)

Margin of Safety
Seth A. Klarman

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.

Me & G.B.
Glen Buxton

Called "the rarest of my Alice Cooper books," this is #5 of 50 published sold for $1,500.

1996 Montreal Olympic Games Final Report

#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 $1,300.

[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.

Speaking My Mind
Ronald Reagan

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 $1,198.24.

Rage Company
Thomas P. Daly

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."

#9 tie
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

Listed as like new, the 1st edition 1975 signed book sold as a BIN.

#9 tie
Margin of Safety
Seth A. Klarman

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.

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