2011 A Good Year For Rare Books
AbeBooks.com, which deals in used and rare books (and where I found a very rare copy of A Clockwork Orange for my wife a few years ago), released a list of their biggest book sales for the year. And even though eBooks are apparently all the rage, people are still willing to shell out some serious cash for physical books.
The biggest sale, at $51,739, were first-edition copies of the three volumes that make up Karl Marx's Das Kapital, first published in 1867. And considering the book is a criticism of capitalism, that's like irony or something!
The most expensive sale of a modern first was a first-edition copy of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, which went for $25,000.
And the biggest young-adult sale was a set of seven deluxe Harry Potter novels, signed by J.K. Rowling, inscribed to some dude named 'Hugh.' Going price: $11,791.
It's a cool list, and you can check out the whole thing at this link. This is also a good time to visit your older relatives and see if they have any first edition hardcovers lying around...
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