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Here is what the high rollers are reading this month…

10 most expensive sales on AbeBooks in February of 2008

1. Sefarad: Revista del Instituto Arias Montano de Estudios Hebraicos y Oriente Próximo by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones – $7265
This journal deals with theology and textual criticism of the bible and its ancient versions, with the history and culture of the Jews in Spain. Vols. 1-63. Madrid, 1941-2003. With gene. Index Vols. 1-15 (1941-1955).

2. Eloise by Hilary Knight and Kay Thompson – $5852
Five volumes of the Eloise series. Limited editions, signed on limitation page by Hilary Knight (writer) and Kay Thompson (illustrator)

3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – $5500
Signed 1936 first edition.

4. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper – $4800
First American edition from 1966. The first novel in the Dark is Rising series, inscribed by the author on the title page.

5. Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy – $4750
True first edition of this 1875 tome, the initial work by the founder of Christian Science

6. Le Centaure by Maurice de Guerin – $4200
Prose poem by French Romantic poet Maurice de Guérin. Limited to 133 copies, this book was the first published by Le Cercle Gryphe and includes 73 wood engravings by Art Deco metal worker Claudius Linossier.

7. Lepidoptera, Rhopaloceres and Heteroceres, Indigenous and Exotic, with Descriptions by Herman Strecker – $4125
The first work on lepidoptery (butterflies and moths) by the leading entomologist in North America from 1872-1877. Includes plus 15 hand-colored lithographic plates.

8. The Selected Writings by Dylan Thomas – $4118
First edition inscribed “Larry / Dylan / Santa Barbara / 1950”

9. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper – $4000
First British edition of the first book in The Dark is Rising series. This copy inscribed by Cooper “love from Susan/November 1965″ on front free endpaper. The British edition preceded the American by about a year.

10. Sketches in Architecture by John Soane – $3934
Written by the Bank of England’s architect and Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1798. Second edition copy with plates from the first.

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