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AbeBooks Most Expensive Sales: August 2008

Here is the list of the most expensive books sold on AbeBooks sites during the month of August


1.L’Abou Naddara, Journal Arabe Illustre (1878 -1884) by James Sanua – $13,000

First edition published in 1878 and signed by the author.  A complete set of the first eight years of Abou Naddara issued in Paris. James Sanua was called Ya’qub Rufa’il Sanu’ in Arabic but often referred to simply by his pseudonym, Abu Naddara (father of spectacles).


2. Biblia Latina Cum Postillis Nicolai De Lyra et Additionibus Pauli Burgensis by Anton Koberger – $8,500

Printed in 1497, this is the third volume of this monumental Latin bible issued in four parts by the celebrated Nuremberg printer, Koberger. Leather-bound. The biblical text is printed in double columns in gothic type, surrounded by the commentary of Nicolas de Lyra, who contributed much to the wider understanding of the Old Testament.


3. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway – $8,000

First American edition printed in 1927, including first state dust jacket without review blubs on front flap.  Slip of paper inscribed by Hemingway laid in reads “To Marian Spies/ wishing her much luck/ Ernest Hemingway.”


4. Physiologie du Gout by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin – $7,021

An 1826 edition of The Physiology of Taste by this famous French gastronome.  Printed in two volumes, this edition was limited to 500 copies.


5. The Philosophical Transactions and Collections to the End of the Year 1700 (-1744). Abridged. Edited by John Lowthorp et al – $6,500

These books were a key influence in the diffusion of scientific, medical and geographical knowledge to a wide audience of readers throughout the 18th century. The contents include the writings of the greatest scholars of the 17th & 18th centuries. Volumes 1-3 cover the years “to 1700”; Volumes 4-5 to 1720; Volumes 6-7 to 1733, and Volumes 8-9 to 1744.


6. Signed letter by Katherine Mansfield – $5,414

An autographed letter to her father from Katherine Mansfield, written four months before the writer’s death from tuberculosis.


7. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway – $5,000

A reprint from 1938, the Sunrise edition, this book has the following inscription “To Lisa and Henry all best wishes Ernest Hemingway.” Lisa Molony became acquainted with Hemingway when she was the business manager at a newspaper in Iowa. Lisa’s Basque mother taught Hemingway the Basque language. The book comes from the library of Molony’s son.


8. Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands by Mrs. Francis Isabella Sinclair – $4,661

Published in 1885 and containing 44 plates painted in water-colors drawn by water-color artist Francis Sinclair. 


9= Destiny and Control in Human Systems: Studies in the Interactive Connectedness of Time by Charles Muses – $4,500

Muses founded the Lion Path, a shamanistic movement. He held unusual views on mathematics, physics, and philosophy. In this 1985 book, he proposed an astrological method called ‘chronotopology,’ where he claimed could measure the qualitative multidimensional structure of time. It is out of print.

9= Excavations at Olynthus Vols 1-11 by David Robinson – $4,500

A rare full set of 11 volumes detailing artifacts from 4th and 5th century Greece



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