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A set of etchings from the English artist Seymour Hayden was our most-expensive book sold for this month, at $17,216.

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1. Etudes à l'Eau-Forte

Francis Seymour Haden

A collection of 25 etchings by Seymour Hayden. 24 of the plates depict landscapes around London, the Thames, Ireland and Wales with the final plate being a portrait of Thomas Haden. The accompanying text reproduces an article printed in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts by Philippe Burty and contains a catalogue of the etched work of Seymour Haden.

Sold for $17,216

2. Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm

A first edition, first issue of these famous fairy tales, includes 22 etched plates by George Cruikshank. Housed in a clamshell box.

Sold for $11,388

3. Atlas der Krystallformen

Victor Goldschmidt

A complete 18-volume treatise on modern mineralogy by the man considered to be the founder of modern geochemistry, crystal chemistry, and the developer of the Goldschmidt Classification of elements.

Sold for $8,500

4. Treatise of Elementary Chemistry

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier

This was a second printing of the Traité élémentaire de Chimie, originally published in 1789. The book is considered to be the first modern chemistry textbook and its author, Lavoisier, has been called the father of modern chemistry after being credited with the introduction of the metric system and the law of conservation of mass.

Sold for $7,709

5. The Library of Treasury of French Law

Laurent Bouchel

A digest of the laws of France put together in alphabetical order by the lawyer and French writer Laurent Bouchel in 1615.

Sold for $6,356

6. English Etchings

A Collection of Original Etching

An 8-volume set of the English Etchings series of prints. This collection is a thorough survey of the etched work of English artists such as William Strang, James McNeill Whistler, Frank Short, Percy Thomas, Herbert Marshall, Robert Currie, Buxton Knight and Oliver Baker among others.

Sold for $5,867

7. The Four Books of Architecture

Andrea Palladio

A treatise by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio who is widely considered to be one of the most influential people in the history of Western architecture. This was the first French edition (1640), which included woodcuts from the original Italian edition of 1570.

Sold for $5,844

8. A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A limited, signed, first edition of this celebrated 1929 essay on feminism.

Sold for $4,950

9. The Collected Poems

D.H. Lawrence

A limited first edition from 1928, one of 100 numbered copies that were signed by Lawrence. This two-volume collection comes with a cream dustjacket.

Sold for $4,893

10. The Malay Archipelago

Alfred Russel Wallace

First edition presentation copy of the 1869 book which chronicles the exploration of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia by renowned naturalist Alfred Wallace. In this book, Wallace first identifies the line which divides fauna of Australia from that of Asia (Wallace Line), though he is possibly best known for being one of the earliest scientists to propose a theory of natural selection along with Charles Darwin.

Sold for $4,869