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Most Expensive Books Sold On-line in 2008

Below you will find some of the most valuable signed and rare books sold on-line in 2008. If you know of any others, please post it below.

L’Abou Naddara, Journal Arabe Illustre (1878-1884) by James Sanua – $13,000
First edition published in 1878 and signed by author. The complete set of the first eight years of Sahifat Abou Naddara issued in Paris. Sanua was called Ya’qub Rufa’il Sanu in Arabic but was often referred to by his pseudonym, Abu Naddara (‘father of spectacles’).

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – $12,874
Rare first edition signed by JK with the dust wrapper panels signed by the cover artist Cliff Wright. The first issue has a misaligned block of text which was corrected in the subsequent issues.

Stephen King “The Dark Tower” Signed Limited Edition. – $10,500

A seven volume signed limited edition, complete matching set. All volumes As New. Personally hand signed by Stephen King and illustrator. A rare collection over two decades in the making. This particular set sold was unique because it was a very low number for all books.  Browse our store for more Dark Tower Books.


Peter Beard Collector’s Edition by Peter Beard – $10,808
Published by Tashen in 2006, this is one of a limited number of collector’s copies signed by the renowned photographer.


Peter Beard Collector’s Edition by Peter Beard – $10,808
Published by Tashen in 2006, this is one of a limited number of collector’s copies signed by the renowned photographer.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – $6,958
First deluxe edition that was signed by Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August 2004.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling – $5,213
First printing first issue of the deluxe edition signed by the author.


Poetry books
Poems (1909-1925) by TS Eliot – $8,500
Containing many of Eliot’s canonical works including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Hollow Men,” and “The Waste Land,” this is a first edition – one of 85 numbered copies signed by the poet.

Poems by Frank O’Hara with lithographs by Willem De Kooning – $4,500
One of 550 first edition numbered copies signed by De Kooning (1904-1997). Illustrated with 17 original lithographs, bound in black goat-skin, stamped in gold and encased in a linen clamshell box

Science Fiction
Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – $7,000
A complete set of the children’s fantasy series containing Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, Cloud Wolf, Curse of the Gloamglozer, Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox, and Freeglader. All titles are first UK editions with signatures of Stewart and Riddell.

Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C Clarke – $3,750
First editions of the Space Odyssey Series – all signed by Arthur C. Clarke, who died in 2008.

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama – $5,500
Signed first edition of the 2004 reissue of the President-elect’s first book.

Autobiography

“Perestroika” by Mikhail Gorbachev – $5,900

Easton Press Signed Limited Edition, 1987. Limited to 250 copies with luxurious maroon leather of this very important work by one of the men credited with aiding the end of the cold war.

“Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela-  $4,000
Easton Press, Signed Limited Edition, 2000. Limited to 1,000 copies, each one personally hand signed by Nelson Mandela on a special title page.  Search our store for this book.

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