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Top 10 most expensive sales on AbeBooks for October 2008

Below are the top 10 sales for October 2008 on all AbeBooks sites

1. George Bernard Shaw’s typewriter $7,979
Along the top edge of the machine’s guarantee in faded ink, Shaw had written the words “Bernard Shaw, Ayot St Lawrence, Welwyn Herts”. He had also written the date, 9th Feb 1935.

2. Oeuvres Philosophiques Latines & Francaises de feu by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz – $6,496
Published in 1765, this first edition is a collection of Leibnitz’s philosophical works in French and Latin, and contains the first printing of one of Leibnitz’s most important philosophical works, his “Nouveaux essays sur l’entendement humain” (New Essays on Human Understanding), in which he attacks and refutes Locke and his “Essay on Human Understanding.”

3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – $6,000
A first edition, first printing, of this classic novella published in 1952 and signed by Hemingway.

4. The Novels and Tales of Henry James by Henry James – $5,999
A first edition set of 26 volumes published 1917.

5. A Corpus of Rembrandt paintings. Translated by D.Co – $5,404
Published in 1982 in three volumes

6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling – $5,213
First printing first issue of the deluxe edition signed by the author

7. The Novels and The Letters by Jane Austen – $4,862
Published in 1923, based on collation of the early editions by R.W. Chapman. Large paper edition limited to 1000 copies.

8. Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson – $4,500
First American edition of Jefferson’s only book, with folding table of Indian Tribes. Published in 1788.

9. Sein und Zeit (Being And Time) by Martin Heidegger – $4450
This is the special printing of the first appearance of the work generally considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of the 20th century and is the best known work by the German philosopher, published 1927

10. Opticks: or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflection and Colours of Light by Sir Isaac Newton – $3929
Published in 1730, this fourth edition was published posthumously and is the last edition to be revised by the author. The book contains information about the study of physical optics.

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