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September’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks


Last month’s top 10 sales were an interesting cross-section of art books, scholarly works, and modern firsts, which included a signed first edition copy of Ken Kesey’s 1962 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Other interesting modern literature on the list included The Enormous Room by e.e. cummings, Cover Her Face by P.D. James, Lord Tyger by Philip Jose Farmer and another Kesey title, Sometimes a Great Notion.

The cummings novel is fascinating. It was published in 1922 and it’s autobiographical fiction about his imprisonment in France during World War I when he was serving as an ambulance driver. A friend of cummings’ was arrested for anti-war sentiments and cummings decided to stand by his friend and was arrested too. He spent four months in prison. The title refers to the large room where the poet slept beside 30+ prisoners.

See the list.

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