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More on The Cuckoo’s Calling – Signed First Sells for $4,453

CuckoosCallingCoverMore news around The Cuckoo’s Calling and JK Rowling‘s (Robert Galbraith’s) recent marketing brilliance.

The most expensive copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling that we at AbeBooks have sold on the marketplace this week was a signed first edition that went for $4,453 / £2,950. The signature was Robert Galbraith (we wondered – would a copy signed by Rowling’s hand as Galbraith be worth more, less, or the same as a copy signed by Rowling’s hand as Rowling?).

As mentioned previously, before the news that previously-unknown-ex-British-army-officer-and-debut-novelist Robert Galbraith was actually JK Rowling, Galbraith’s book had sold just 1500 copies since its April publication. And amid excitement, gesticulation and speculation, others have reported that number (sales) may actually be closer to 500, and that 1500 is actually the number of first editions published in the novel’s first print run. Even that seemingly tiny number would be thrice that of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, whose first run was a very modest 500 copies. And we all know how that went.

Unsurprisingly, industry types all over book-related social media are speculating about all kinds of numbers – including the number 300,000, which is rumored to be the reprint run that publisher Little, Brown have now ordered.

What we can speak to with certainty is the number of copies of Cuckoo’s Calling that have been flying off the virtual shelves here at AbeBooks. It is worth noting that we had not sold a single copy of the book before the weekend, and it is a very different story now.

Among the more interesting sales were two unsigned first editions, which sold for $907 each on Wednesday, as well as the above-mentioned signed copy at four-and-a-half grand. As of the writing of this post, there is only one signed copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling left, currently offered at $6,188 / £3,950.

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