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AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in February 2011


the-camels-are-comingFebruary was a bumper month with several books standing out on our list of most expensive sales. A first edition of The Camels Are Coming by W.E. Johns, the first Biggles’ novel from 1932, was sold for $17,754 (almost £11,000). The Biggles series of aeronautical adventures spanned nearly 100 novels and features many different phases in the career of British flying ace John Bigglesworth (aka Biggles). The books go from his early days growing up in India, to fighting in World Wars I and II, and through to the Cold War era. First editions of The Camels Are Coming are scarce.

Of course, the ‘Camels’ are Sopwith Camels – the British World War I single-seat fighter plane that helped to revolutionize aerial warfare.

It’s also fascinating to see the continued interest A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. An unread copy of the first edition, first printing, of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sold for $7,500. It was published in 1980 – only 7,500 copies of this printing were produced. As so often before, there was also a copy of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger on the list.

See the most expensive sales for February.

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