Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2004 Issue

For the First Time Ever: Search Worldwide<br>Auction Listings From One Place : FREE!

Search results for Mark Twain


Here are a few suggestions on using this search. Enter topics rather than individual titles in the search box unless you really only want that particular title. It makes sense to use titles on a book listing site like Abebooks where there are something like 50 million books listed. A topic will simply return too many listings. However, there will rarely be more than ten or fifteen thousand listings at all of the auction houses at any one time. The chances of any one title being available at any given moment aren’t great. So go with something a little broader, like a subject.

For example, instead of searching for “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” try “Mark Twain.” The results will be manageable. By the time you read this, these numbers will have changed as old auctions are constantly expiring while new ones are being added, but at this moment the search finds 47 Mark Twain items at auction. These include some books, a signed photograph, and the very first copy of Huckleberry Finn ever bound! It is the only known copy to be dated 1885 (the publishing schedule was then moved up to meet demand and the date adjusted to 1884 instead). If you would like to bid on this one-of-a-kind copy, you must do so before June 9, but as a caution, the estimated price is $100,000 - $150,000. Rest assured, most items are far less expensive.

Here are some other examples. California yields 126 results. North Dakota 1. Abraham Lincoln finds 21 listings. Herbert Hoover 3. California collectors may wish to pinpoint their searches a bit more precisely, but North Dakota collectors will have no such need. Here’s another suggestion. Since a search engine can only find what it sees, you should try variations that an auction house might use in its descriptions. For example, “Abe Lincoln” as well as “Abraham Lincoln.” This yields three more listings. In fact, if you are willing to spend a little more time to be sure you don’t miss anything, try entering just “Lincoln.” This returns 113 matches. There may be a few irrelevancies here, like a book about Lincoln, Nebraska, or the Lincoln automobile, but you won’t miss anything about the nation’s 16th president.

One more example: for the aforementioned Mark Twain, you may also want to try “Samuel Clemens,” “Sam Clemens,” or better yet, simply “Clemens.” To be sure of finding everything, search for “Twain” and then “Clemens.” Now you have it all.

Here’s another tip. Place quotation marks around your keywords if you want to match an exact phrase, leave them off to find listings containing all of your keywords (but in any order). For example, “George Washington” (with the quotation marks) will only find listings with the exact phrase “George Washington.” George Washington (without the quotation marks) will also find lots about George Bush in Washington, D.C. It is only worth the trouble of adding the quotation marks in examples such as this where many unrelated listings are likely to be found if you don’t specify the exact phrase.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.

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