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HOLIDAY BOOKS FROM LITERARY LEGENDS TO INSPIRE THE BIBLIOPHILE AND BREAK THE BANK
(Victoria, BC – 15 November 2006) - If money was no object, what books could you give this holiday season? How about an original copy of A Christmas Carol – the first book written to celebrate Christmas - that can be bought for the same price as a new Mercedes Benz CLK, or a used Ferrari 328, or platinum Rolex encrusted with diamonds?
From Dr. Suess and his Grinch to Hemingway, Twain, and even a turkey cookbook by F. Scott Fitzgerald, AbeBooks.com - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books - offers more collectible Christmas literature, ideal for festive gifts, than anyone else.
Spanning the past 163 years, these unique festive books do not come cheap:
$50,000 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
$17,500 – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
A 1966 family presentation copy, it has an inscription by Capote to his aunt and cousin
$10,000 – Life And Adventure of Santa Claus by Frank L Baum
A 1902 first edition, with pictures by Mary Cowles Clark, dated and signed by the author.
$2,898 - How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Suess
A 1957 first edition of this children’s classic
$2,500 – Two Christmas Tales by Ernest Hemingway
A 1959 first edition – only 150 copies were printed and none were offered for sale.
$1,764 – The Christmas Fireside by Mark Twain
One of 75 copies printed, this 1949 first edition features a classic Twain tale from 1865.
$863 - Come Christmas by Robert Frost
A 1935 signed first edition featuring poetry, prose, song and drama.
$850 - Turkey Remains and How To Inter Them With Numerous Scarce Recipes by F Scott Fitzgerald
A cookbook from the Great Gatsby’s author, this 1956 first edition was a festive keepsake.
$250 - Memories and Mistletoe. A Christmas Keepsake Album by Charles Schulz
A scare 1998 edition for lovers of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang
$245 – The Father Christmas Letters by JRR Tolkien
This 1976 collection of letters from Santa Claus was penned for the author’s children.
All prices in US dollars.