Ten Most Expensive Books Sold in November 2008
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A signed copy of Barack Obama's was the fifth most expensive book sold on AbeBooks' most expensive list in November, selling for $5,500.
1. Goslar Gospels
Limited facsimile edition of 300 copies published in 1990. A replica of one of the most exquisite books from the 13th century. Bound in leather with 30 biblical scenes.
Sold for $7,470
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
A complete set of the children's fantasy series containing Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, Cloud Wolf, Curse of the Gloamglozer, Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox, and Freeglader. All titles are first UK editions with signatures of Stewart and Riddell.
Sold for $7,000
3. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in 1833, 1834, and 1835; Under the Command of Capt. Back, R. N.
Published in 1836 in full leather, this first edition describes the George Black Arctic expedition. Written by the chief surgeon and naturalist on board the vessel, this is an important companion work to Black's account of the journey.
Sold for $5,995
4. Cinq livres De l'imposture et tromperie des diables: des enchantements et sorcelleries, pris du latin de Jean Wier
Five books on the attacks and deception of devils written by Weyer, who was a leading Dutch physician, occultist and demonologist. He was one of the first people to campaign against the persecution of witches. Published in 1570.
Sold for $5,867
Signed first edition of the 2004 reissue of the President-elect's first book.
Sold for $5,500
A complete set of all four books from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. All books are first editions, first printings in fine condition. All copies are signed by the author.
Sold for $4,000
7. Autograph of Sir. Joshua Reynolds
A rare autograph from the 18th century portrait painter.
Sold for $3,764
First edition in fine condition of the author's scarcest book - signed and published in 1967.
Sold for $3,841
9. Encyclopedie Paris 1751-1772
Diderot & d'Alembert
Reproduction in 18 volumes bound in fine brown silk; includes 3000 original etchings of Paris with captions and more than 1,000 entries in French. This 1981 replica was limited to 3,000 copies.
Sold for $3,911
Joseph Mardrus and Francois-Louis Schmied
A 1927 limited pressing of only 150 copies of Mardrus' work with illustrations by Swiss engraver François-Louis Schmied.
Sold for $3,781