by Pamela Palmer

#156, 9 May 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.

Special limited editions have long appeared in all three top 10 categories. In April 2011, though, the Antiquarian and Collectible list contained an unusual three signed limited editions. From the Taschen Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made to Lady Chatterley's Lover issued in a privately printed signed edition prior to the first trade publication to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own the titles range from 1928 to 2009.

Fiction Top 10
April 2011

#1 $1,625.00 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep First Edition 1968
#2 $1,500.00 Autographed L.M. Montgomery vintage Anne of the Island
#3 $1,300.00 The little prince-Le petit prince 1943 1st edition
#4 $1,293.66 Bernard Cornwell "Sharpe's Sword" 1st Ed 1983 Scarce
#5 $1,285.00 Full Dark, No Stars-Stephen King Signed Lid. Remarqued
#6 tie $1,250.00 Private auction- The Shadow Rising- Robert Jordan
#6 tie $1,250.00 jack kerouac doctor sax signed 1st first PB evergreen
#8 $1,200.00 Stephen King EYES OF THE DRAGON Signed in RED Limited
#9 tie $1,000.00 Beyond The Wall of Sleep By H P Lovecraft

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Philip K. Dick

The 1st edition in very good condition with a dust jacket in good condition sold after 13 bids.

Anne of the Island
L. M. Montgomery

Containing "an extremely rare autograph by the author," the book sold as a Best Offer.

Le Petit Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The 1st edition, 2nd printing 1943 French edition of The Little Prince published by Reynal & Hitchcock was listed in good condition by a Canadian seller. It sold for $1,300 after 23 bids.

Sharpe's Sword
Bernard Cornwell

Listed by a UK seller, the 1983 1st edition was described as "a near fine copy ... in a near fine wrapper." After 12 bids, it sold for $1,293.66.

Full Dark, No Stars
Stephen King

Coming in at #5 is #250 of the Deluxe Special Edition. Not only was it signed by the author, it contains an original art by Glenn Chadbourne. It sold to benefit The Haven Foundations, begun by King. It sold after 20 bids.

#6 tie
The Shadow Rising
Robert Jordan

The signed 1st edition sold as a Best Offer.

#6 tie
Doctor Sax
Jack Kerouac

Published in 1959 by Grove Evergreen, the signed, very good condition softcover sold as a Best Offer.

Eyes of the Dragon
Stephen King

Part of a 250 limited edition numbered in red, this is #120 and contains "rare two signatures."Both book and slip-case are described as in like new condition. It sold after 3 bids.

#9 tie
The Stand
Stephen King

The UK seller listing this US 1st edition noted it was fine in a fine dust jacket. The code on the copyright page read T39.

Beyond the Wall of Sleep
H P Lovecraft

The 1943 Arkham publication is 1 of 1,217 copies. It sold for $1,000 after a single bid.