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AbeBooks announced its ten most expensive books for April, a mix of languages, with French, Italian, and lots of Latin to go with English. At the top, is an item in English, but Abe notes that it was sold to an Italian collector on their newly opened Italian site, AbeBooks.it.
10. Histoire de l'oeil by Lord Auch, written by Georges Bataille. It is described as being about "the sexual experimentation of two teenage lovers, and their increasing perversion." Sounds artistic. $4,566.
9. Memoire pour le Sieur de Boishebert by Charles Deschamps of Boishebert. The Quebec-born Deschamps recounts his role as a French soldier from 1746-1760. $4,719.
8. The Works of Samuel Beckett, number 195 of a 200 set limited edition from 1970, signed by Beckett. $5,182.
7. Comedias Verdaderas by Tirso de Molina, three volumes published from 1734-1736 by the Spanish poet. $5,300.
6. AMBIX, 53 volumes of the journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, published from 1937-2006. $5,688.
5. Viaggio Negle Stati Uniti Dell'America Settentrio by Luigi Castiglioni, the travels of this Italian Count to the American South. $7,500.
4. Corpus Nummorum Italicorum, a 20-volume reference on Italian coins published from 1910-1943. $7,500.
3. Historia Plantarum Universalis by Johann Bauhin, an important botanical work published in 1650-1651.
2. Biblia Latina, a newly translated Bible printed by Johannes Herbort de Seligenstadt in 1484. $10,807.
1. An autographed letter signed by Edward Lear dated September 9, 1867, containing a self-character sketch. Lear is best known as author of The Owl and the Pussycat. $11,491.