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AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in August 2011

Last month’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks included 007, a book about courage, Arthurian legend, some controversial French poetry and yet another appearance from J.R.R. Tolkien who just keeps turning on this list like a bad penny. I have to admit that I’m taken with the dust jacket of Cover Her Face by P.D. James, which sold for $8,500. It was a signed first edition, with an intact dust jacket, of James’ debut book and also her first book in the Adam Dalgliesh series. As crime writing fans all know, the unlikely Dalgleish is a London detective with a love of poetry. Somebody at Faber and Faber did a wonderful design job back in 1962.

Interestingly, I just received an email from a British customer who questioned why AbeBooks continues to send out these monthly lists of most expensive sales considering the current economic crisis. The answer is simple – our customers want to see what high-end collectors are buying even if the books featured in the list are way beyond their budgets. Aside from the posh auction houses, who else offers this kind of insight into the rare book world?

See August’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks.

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