by Pamela Palmer

#154, 21 February 2011

Which fiction and non-fiction books are winners on eBay? Each month this series answers the question and, along the way, looks at the listing strategies sellers use to bring in big bucks. To learn more about what's in and what's out of the lists, read our Top 10 on eBay Parameters.

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.

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
December 2010

#1 $3,000.00 IAN FLEMING - LIVE AND LET DIE - RARE UK 1ST 1954 w/DJ
#2 $2,075.00 Numbered and Signed Stardust ARC, by Neil Gaiman
#4 $1,075.00 The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson (2011, Unabridge...
#5 tie $1,000.00 Stephenie Meyer Signed Twilight Saga + Host 1/1 Fine
#5 tie $1,000.00 63/100 slipcased Ray Bradbury set with 7 signatures
#7 $950.00 John Grisham A TIME TO KILL Hc/Dj Wynwood 1st ed VG/VG
#8 $899.95 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Jane Austen, 1894, RARE 1st PEACOCK
#9 $875.00 Thomas Pynchon : Gravity's Rainbow - First Edition
#10 $800.00 NEW THINKERS Signed Numbered 1st Ed 1st Printing RARE

Live and Let Die
Ian Fleming

The very good 1954 1st edition in a fine, unrestored dust jacket sold on a single bid.

Neil Garmin

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.

Wise Blood
Flannery O'Connor

Published in 1952, the 1st edition in dust jacket is described as in good condition. It sold as a Best Offer.

The Secret Soldier
Alex Berenson

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.

#5 tie
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
The Host

Stephenie Meyer

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.

#5 tie
R is for Rocket
S is for Space
Forever and the Earth

Ray Bradbury

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.

A Time to Kill
John Grisham

The hardcover 1st edition in very good condition with a very good to very good plus dust jacket. It sold after a single bid.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

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.

Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The 1st edition in new fine condition in a fine condition dust jacket sold as a BIN.

Paul Harding

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.