Books as (expensive) objects

The whole e-book thing often descends into a debate over whether people love book objects enough to ignore what should be obvious advantages of the electronic form (!) Obviously, some people do. Abebooks has just published their most expensive sales for 2008 and they make for interesting reading. Can’t image re-selling my ereader file of the new Bond book for anything like these numbers. The top 3:

  1. Etudes à l’Eau-Forte by Francis Seymour Haden – £11,130
    A collection of 25 etchings by Seymour Hayden – 24 of the plates depict the landscape around London, the Thames, Ireland and Wales and the final one is a portrait of Thomas Haden.  The text reproduces an article printed in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts by Philippe Burty and contains a catalogue of the etched work of Seymour Haden.
  2. L’Abou Naddara, Journal Arabe Illustre (1878-1884) by James Sanua – £8,400
    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’).
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – £8,320
    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.


(via Crikey)


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