Most collectible books sold in November
Top 10 most expensive sales on all AbeBooks sites from November 2009
1. Works of Charles Dickens and a Signed Letter – $12,500
Complete set, 22 volumes, of Dickens works published by Chapman and Hall. The set included a note from Dickens on his Tavistock House note paper dated Nov. 10, 1859 – “To Peter Cunningham. This set of my library edition, in remembrance of an old engagement between us. Charles Dickens.”
2. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald – $11,000
First edition published by Charles Scribner in 1934.
3. Sumo by Helmut Newton – $10,867
Limited edition of 10,000 and is signed by Helmut Newton. It measures 20 x 28 inches, and is accompanied by an embossed stand, designed by Philippe Starck.
4. The Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill – $10,000
Published by the Library of Imperial History, London, to mark the centenary of his birth, November 30, 1874. This Collection is issued as a linited edition and contains all 50 of Churchill’s published titles in 34 volumes. Limited to 3,000 sets worldwide.
5 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – $9,500
First edition copy from 1866 published by D. Appleton and Co.
6 The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov – $9,042
Complete set of first editions. Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation published by Gnome Press in 1951, ’52, and ’53 respectively. The second volume is inscribed by Asimov to one of his publishers.
7. Philosophia Magnetica by Niccolo Cabeo – $8,880
First edition published in 1629 describes Cabeo’s work with the Earth’s magnetism and electrical repulsion
8. Espana Artistica y Monumental, Vistas y Discripcion De Los Sitios y Monumentos Mas Notables De Espana by Genaro Perez Vila Amil* – $7,500
Volume I and III of this set which depict the artistic and monumental sites of Spain. Written by Genaro Perez Villa Amil (1807-1854) who was one of the finest landscape artists of Spanish Romanticism. First editions published 1842 and 1850 respectively. *Note no first editions available at time of linking.
9. Definitionum Medicarum Libri XXIIII by Jean de Gorris – $7,498
Published in 1564, this dictionary arranges in order of the Greek alphabet all Greek medical terms and carefully explains them in Latin. It was widely used and exerted much influence on modern medical terminology.
10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick – $6,500
First edition, published by Doubleday in 1968.