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Ten most expensive book sales on AbeBooks for March 2009

Top 10 most expensive sales on AbeBooks for the month of March 2009

1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein – $9,730
Written in 1966 and set in 2075 where a lunar colony revolts against earth. This copy was a first edition (sixth printing) signed by both Robert and Virginia Heinlein.

2. Early Italian Engraving by Arthur Hind – $7,500
Published in 1938, this collection (2 parts in 7 volumes) was limited to 375 copies (part I) and 275 (part II). Volumes one and five signed by author.

3. Album Pintoresco Isla de Cuba by Pierre Toussaint Frédéric Miahle – $6,752
First edition printed in Havana in 1848. Illustrated with 30 lithographs from Miahle the book depicts daily life in Cuba and its capital in the mid 19th century.

4. Ulysses by James Joyce – $6,250
Published in 1935 by the Limited Editions Club of New York this edition of the Joyce classic was number 855 of 1500 and was signed by Henri Matisse who contributed the illustrations for the work. Ulysses chronicles the passage through Dublin by the protagonist, Leopold Bloom.

5. Pison, das erste Theil by Leonhard Thurneysser – $6309.40
First editions of two complementary alchemistic works bound together in one volume by the Basel born goldsmith, alchemist and Paracelsist Leonhard Thurneysser (1531-1596). In Pison “he introduced quantitative methods, solubility tests, crystallographic evidence, and several flame tests in a more advanced procedure. In the second title he describes the method of water analysis by specific gravity and by distillation and weighing the residue, the specific apparatus for analyses, and treats the systems of various rivers, such as the Danube, the Rhine, the Spree, The Weser etc.

6. Thesaurus Graecae linguae by Henry Estienne – $4365
First edition of the The Thesaurus linguae graecae, or Greek thesaurus, published in 1572 by the Parisian printer Henry Stienne. The book served as the basis of Greek lexicography up to the nineteenth century.

7. Encyclopaedia of Sensors by Craaig A. Grimes – $3499.50
Published in 10 volumes in 2005 this is the first encyclopaedia ever published in the field of sensors.

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – $3,275.00
First edition, First printing of Orwell’s 1949 dystopian classic.

9. Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen – $3,000
First edition copy, 1956, of the author’s first book, published when he was just 22. This was a presentation copy inscribed by Cohen to the Principal of McGill University.

10. The Luttrell Psalter – 2,950
A facsimile edition of the famous illuminated manuscript containing psalms, a calendar, canticles, mass, and an antiphon for the dead. Illustrated circa 1325-1335 and commissioned by Geoffrey Luttrell.

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