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(Victoria, BC – 18 December 2007) What are big spenders giving to their book-loving friends and family this Christmas? Over the past two weeks, - the world’s largest online marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books - has received dozens of orders for books priced more than $1,000 with big-budget shoppers purchasing rare and collectible books as truly unique stocking fillers.

Top 10 most expensive sales on Nov 23-Dec 9

  1. Two Stories by Salman Rushdie - $7,031
    The Prophet's Hair and The Free Radio combined into one book and printed in 1991, this is No. 4 of only 12 books privately printed. Bound in full leather and signed
  2. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne - $5,500
    A first edition from 1926 of this legendary children’s book
  3. A Guide to Modern Cookery by Escoffier - $5,124
    One of the world’s great cookbooks, a 1907 first edition signed by the author and inscribed to Sarah Morgan, who worked at the Cavendish Hotel in London
  4. Thelema by Aleister Crowley - $4,655
    Witchcraft for Christmas? Perhaps. A first edition of a privately printed book from around 1909 containing The Book of Law - Crowley’s essential work
  5. David Thompson's Narrative of His Explorations in Western America 1784-1812 - $4,250
    One of North America’s great geographers, Thompson mapped more than 3.9 million square kilometers. Published in 1916 - one of just 550 copies.
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling - $3,600
    More witchcraft for Christmas? It’s only Harry. One of 1,700 copies signed at JK Rowling’s midnight launch in July
  7. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill - $3,500
    An 1859 first edition bound in three-quarter leather of this key conceptual work on liberty by the great liberal thinker of the 19th century
  8. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie - $3,000
    A 1981 first edition of this Booker Prize-winning novel signed by the author "They are despite everything, acts of love, Salman Rushdie, 9/12/81"
  9. An Atlas of Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine and Woodford Counties, Kentucky - $2,750 A rare Kentucky atlas from 1877 – published by Beers of Philadelphia
  10. Dune by Frank Herbert - $2,750
    A 1965 first edition of this famous sci-fi novel where spice matters – first winner of the Nebula Award

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About is the world's largest online marketplace for books, with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000 books a day from its 5 global Web sites. A true internet success story, AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany and the USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 70 among North American online retailers in June 2007.

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