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October’s most expensive sales

AbeBooks top 10 expensive sales for the month of October 2007

  1. Times and Seasons by Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith – $10,000
    A 19th century Latter Day Saint periodical published monthly or twice-monthly. Includes Volume I, No. 1 through Volume III, No. 24 (1939-1941). 3/4 leather, marbled boards, 957 pages. For Volume 1 Number 7. and succeeding issues, place of publication changes to Nauvoo, Illinois.
  2. Ars magna sciendi in xii libros digesta, qua nova by Athanasius Kircher – $9,315
    Written in the spirit of the great medieval mystic Raymond Lull, ‘Ars Magna Sciendi’ is the erudite Kircher’s attempt to create a baroque world system of knowledge by combining all the sciences, from theology down to physics and geology.
  3. Observed Global Climate by Beiter et al – $9,121
    A brand new book published in 2005. Text with companion DVD on global climate conditions from Springer, one of the world’s leading developers and producers of scientific books.
  4. Peter Beard, Collector’s Edition: 965 Elephants by Owen Edwards – $7,500
    This is a very limited leather bound edition comes in a full size wooden crate with a large elephant branded on it. The interior of the crate is covered in red velvet to protect the high quality volume. Inside is a large binding with a gilt elephant on it, this is the protection for the limited edition, signed, medium format print, of “100 Elephants.” Beneath this is the beautiful oversize edition of the book and then the companion book with Peter Beard’s notes. This is 151 of 250.
  5. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – $6,772
    First edition copy with original maroon cloth with black lettering and signed by the author on the title page. Signed trade editions are uncommon and this was a fine copy of Forster’s greatest and most famous novel.
  6. Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums by Fuat Sezgin – $5,092
    The history of Arab literature, first edition published in 1995. This 10-volume set, when completed, is extremely scarce. Set is uniformly bound in original publisher’s crimson cloth gilt.
  7. Observations on the Language of the Muhhekaneew Indians by Jonathan Edwards – $4,950
    Written by the famous theologian who ministered to the Indians at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The text describes the extent of the language in North America, traces its genius grammatically, shows some of its peculiarities and its instances of analogy with Hebrew.
  8. Codex Italie Diplomaticus: Quo Non Sol by Joannes Christianus Lunig – $4,666
    This document describes the history of records of the ancient states of Italy (both the peninsula stats and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia): Including treaties, decrees, privileges, letters, relationship between states, transactions, treaty of peace, etc… in the original languages. From 1725.
  9. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe – $4,500
    First edition from 1838 of Poe’s first book of prose, and his only book-length work of fiction. One of the 19th century’s most fantastic short novels
  10. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne – $4,345
    First edition copy from 1928, limited to 250 signed numbered copies. In fine condition in publisher’s pictorial box

Posted by on November 7, 2007.

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