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AbeBooks’ top 10 sales of December 2009

Our most expensive sales in December 2009:

1. A collection of “Archiv für die civilistische Praxis” 1818-2008 – $12,200
A collection of 208 issues of the German Law magazine Archiv für die civilistische Praxis (The Archive for the Civilians Practice)

2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – $8,132
All seven first edition volumes in total published from 1950-1956.

3. Cinquante Dessins by Henri Matisse – $7,750
First edition signed, one of only 1000 copies to include an original etching of a woman face by Matisse

4. Nocturnal Revels – $6,386
A fictional account of the brothels of London, conducted in lurid detail, purportedly by a “monk” of the burlesque order established at Medmenham Priory in the 1740’sFirst edition, published in 1779.

5. Physiologia Kircheriana experimentalis by Athanasius Kircher – $6,268
A summary of the research of Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher, published shortly after his death by his pupil and colleague Johann Stephan Kestler

6. Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph by Frank Lloyd Wright, et al – $5,850
A 12 volume monograph of the Master of American architecture.

7. Description of Netherlands History of Medals by Gerald Van Loon – $5,500
Published in 1732 by famous Dutch medal collector Gerald Van Loon this book includes finely engraved vignettes, engraved dedication vignette, engraved portrait of the author, engraved headpieces, tailpieces and hundreds of engravings of medals throughout the text.

8. Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte – $5,417
A collection of 19 volumes from 1978-2006 of the German science magazine.

9. Records of the Hajj edited by A. Rush – $4,870
A documentary history of the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca published in 10 volumes. There are extracts from Varthema, Burckhardt, Richard Burton and other travellers, on the other, huge quantities of highly interesting despatches and memoranda prepared by diplomats and agents sent to the area to monitor events and promote their Government’s interests, published 1993.

10. A Time to Kill by John Grisham – $4,500
First edition of Grisham’s first book, signed by the author.

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