Pricey Christmas Presents
Around the holiday season we like to look at some of our top sales and guess which ones might be Christmas presents for some lucky bibliophile. It a lot of fun because you start to think about the type of person who would be really excited about receiving each book, I even go a step further and try and think of my friends and family and guess who I would give each item to if I had an unlimited gift giving budget. Give it a try.
The top 10 list is hand picked from our sales over the peak Christmas shopping season (November 23 – December 6).
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Sold for $3,300
No gift could convey the spirit of the season better than this 1843 first edition, second issue, copy of A Christmas Carol, and at $3,300 the giver is far from a Scrooge. This novella helped turn Christmas into the holiday it is today.
2. Babycakes with Weights by Edward Ruscha – Sold for $2,000
The perfect gift for pop art collectors or the next Andy Warhol in your family, Edward Ruscha’s Babycakes with Weights was published in 1970 and features one slightly hungry-looking baby and 21 photographs of assorted cakes, pies, sweetbreads, pastries and tarts with the weight of each item. A very odd book indeed.
3. A History of British Birds by F.O. Morris – Sold for $1,750
Published in 1857, this six-volume set details the various species of birds in Britain, including 358 full color plates. An absolute must for the very serious birder….if you can afford it.