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AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales in 2011
From Essex, England
1. Das Kapital, Kritik der politischen Oekonomie by Karl Marx - £33,151
The first edition (in three volumes) with the first published in 1867 by Otto Meissner.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - £15,175
First edition of Lee’s first and only, Pulitzer Prize-winning, novel; signed “with best wishes Harper Lee.”
3. Complete Set of 10 issues of Aspen Magazine - £14,680
Ten issues of Aspen Magazine were published between 1965 and 1971. The publication was described as the first “three dimensional magazine” with each issue in a customized box or folder with a variety of materials including postcards, posters, movie reels, records and booklets.
4. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien - £12,758
First edition, first impression of Tolkien’s classic with a complete dust jacket featuring the requisite ink correction to the "e" of "Dodgeson" on the rear flap. Published in 1937, this first edition is highly valued because only 1,500 copies were printed.
5. Fourteen Pages on Thomas Carlyle by John Ruskin - £11,535
An autograph (meaning handwritten) manuscript written in 1866 containing Ruskin’s notes after reading Carlyle’s classic work History of Friedrich II of Prussia which were made in preparation for his essay Notes on the Economies of the Kings of Prussia. The text addresses the early years of the Austrian and Prussian monarchies from 900 to 1667.
6. The Camels Are Coming by W.E. Johns - £10,920
First UK edition (first printing) of the first book in W.E. Johns’ legendary Biggles series printed in 1932. It contains 17 short stories, each preceded with illustration by Johns. The first edition can be difficult to identify because it was undated at publication but does contain tell-tale signs. There is no list of other W.E. Johns’ titles at the rear of the book and early editions contain an error on page 224 where the code number of a spy is given incorrectly as 2792 when it should have been 2742.
7. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China by Sir George Leonard Staunton - £10,654
Published in 1797-1798 in three volumes. This set is the second edition (corrected) and was signed by the author.
8. The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery ships Erebus and Terror in the Years 1839-1843, under the Command of Sir James Clark Ross by J.D. Hooker - £10,027
These books document the botanical research of J.D. Hooker during the voyage. Hooker was the voyage’s assistant surgeon and naturalist. The trip’s goal was to determine the position of the magnetic South Pole. Published in London 1844, this is an incomplete, but still very rare, set of three volumes each in two parts. This sale contained one part from each of the three volumes.
9. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China by Sir George Leonard Staunton - £9,900
This copy of the three-volume set differs from the copy listed above in that it is the first edition and printed in a larger format.
10. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire - £9,152
This first edition of The Flowers of Evil was published in 1857 and was Baudelaire’s first and most famous volume of poems. French authorities under Napoleon III prosecuted both Baudelaire and his publisher, and six poems were suppressed.
Love to own the Biggle's book, one of my favourite authors (after number 4 obviously) as a child.
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Posted on: 2011/12/27 7:04
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