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Cherished Christmas Presents?

When I was young I was like most small children around Christmas time, constantly snooping around the house to see if I could stumble upon what my parents might be getting me for Christmas…. Either I was rubbish at finding things (only children are never any good at hide and seek) or my parents were masters of deception because I never found anything…

If you happen to have a very wealthy friend, and are very lucky, perhaps one of these books will be under the tree with your name on it this Christmas. All books were purchased on AbeBooks during prime Christmas shopping season (November 24 to December 7)

1 Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama – $5,000
Signed by both the President-Elect and Michelle Obama

2 Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C. Clarke – $3,750
Complete set (4) of first editions – all signed by Clarke, who died earlier this year

3 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – $3,000
First American edition, one of 250 numbered copies signed by the author

3 The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice – $3,000
Complete set (10) of first editions – all signed by Rice

5 China, in a series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits of that Ancient Empire by George Newenham Wright – $2,556
Published in 1843, a rare insight into China during the Qing Dynasty

6 The Works of Alexandre Dumas – $2,500
First edition published in 1894; 15 volumes including the Count of Monte Cristo, Three Musketeers and more

7 Poems by Wallace Stevens – $2,475
Number 294 of 326 limited edition copies with original Jasper Johns etchings

8 Enders Game by Orson Scott Card – $1,500
1985 first printing of the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning novel

9 The Complete Works of George Orwell – $1,238
Complete 20-volume set published in 1998

10 Psycho by Robert Bloch – $1,188
First UK edition from 1960

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