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Rare mushroom book tops March’s most expensive sales

A book about mushrooms topped AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in March 2012. Wait…don’t click off. This is a special book and sold for $13,916. Published in 1675, Theatrum Fungorum by Franciscus van Sterbeeck was the first book to be dedicated entirely to fungi. Frans van Sterbeeck was a Flemish priest with a passion for botany, who lived in Antwerp in Belgium.

Written in Dutch, the book details 349 fungi and features copper engraved illustrations. It’s a little bit of botanical history and very beautiful.

Our list of expensive sales from March also includes a first edition of Moby-Dick, some famous French poetry, a lottery ticket signed by an American president, a signed account of how DNA was discovered (pictured right), a rare map of Russia, lithographs by Dutch painter Kees van Dongen, Washington Irving’s Rip van Winkle illustrated by Arthur Rackham, and an illuminated manuscript leaf from a Book of Hours.

See the full list.

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