Rare Book Monthly

Articles - April - 2009 Issue

Review of Reviews: Articles on Collecting Stock Certificates, Las Vegas Booksellers, from AbeBooks

Bauman Rare Books and Amber Unicorn Books in Las Vegas.


Meanwhile, down the road, Amber Unicorn Books is located in a far less ostentatious location - a strip mall. Myrna and Lou Donato specialize in cookbooks. They have 18,000-20,000 of them. However, they also stock science fiction, fantasy, and other genres. Their store is frequented by many local collectors, yet it still manages to draw in plenty of tourists and convention attendees despite not being located on the strip. While business is down a little with the economy, they do not feel it is anything to worry about, nor are they concerned that the internet will destroy their business.

To read this article, click here.

For those with a canine collection, Abe also has an interview with a specialist in dog books. Click here. Another article discusses the "Biggles" books, novels of the fictional wartime fighter pilot James Bigglesworth, created by Captain W.E. Johns. Click here.

AbeBooks issued its Top 10 list of most expensive books sold in February. Here they are:

10. The Colonization Scheme Considered, in its Rejection by the Colored People, by Samuel E. Cornish & Theodore S. Wright. These African-American clergymen in 1840 rejected a plan to colonize Africa with American blacks. $3,500.

9. Le Maitre-d'Hotel Francais, Traité des Menus a servir a Paris, a St-Pétersbourg, a Londres et a Vienne, by Marie Antonin Carême. The author cooked meals for King George IV, Czar Alexander I and Emperor Francis I of Austria. Now you can see how the other half eats. $3,588.

8. Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing. Eighty bound issues of the scientific journal about... you guessed it - plasma. $3,999.

7. An 18th or 19th century Persian hunting manuscript decorated with ten paintings. $4,004.

6. De Urbibus, Arcibus, Castellisque Condendis, ac Muniendis Rationes Aliquot, Praesenti Bellorum Necessitati ac Commodatissimae, by Albrecht Dürer. And you thought that French title was difficult! $4,200.

5. Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz, one of 26 signed copies. $4,550.

4. Peter Beard: Art Edition, by Owen Edwards, a 2006 elephant folio photo book signed by Beard. "Limited" edition of just 2,250 copies. $5,495. Hm... $5,495 x 2,250 = $12,363,750. Who says there isn't still money to be made in publishing?

3. Summa Theologiae, pars Secunda, by Antoninus Florentinus, a 1496 work on economics and ethics. $6,218.

2. Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama, now better known as President Barack Obama, a signed first edition, first printing. $8,500.

1. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. A first edition, first printing of this old standby appears at the top of the list. $11,000.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: KUPKA, Frantisek (1871-1957) - Quatre histoires de blanc et noir. Paris: Marcel Baque, 1926. €5.000-€8.000
    Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: VASI, Giuseppe Agostino (1710-1782) - Raccolta delle più belle vedute antiche, e moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise secondo lo stato presente. Rome: A. Vasi, 1786. €4.000-€6.000
    Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: SALAMANCA, Antonio (1478-1562) - [First map depicting the bay of Naples]. [Rome: 1538]. €3.000-€5.000
  • Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JAMES MADISON THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JAMES MONROE PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE SOUP BOWL. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A FRANKLIN PIERCE BRUSHED SILK TOP HAT. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: LINCOLN ENDORSEMENT: "I AM ALWAYS FOR THE MAN WHO WISHES TO WORK." $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A RUTHERFORD B. HAYES CIVIL WAR-ERA TRAVEL DESK. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S FINAL PRESIDENTIAL AUTOMOBILE FLAG. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: GARFIELD LS AS PRESIDENT ALLUDING TO THE "STAR-ROUTE" SCANDAL: "REGRETTING THE EMBARRASSMENTS WHICH THE EVENT HAS CAUSED US BOTH." $25,000 - $35,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: AN 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL WILLIAM MCKINLEY INAGURATION POCKETWATCH. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE FLAG. $80,000 - $120,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S LAST DAY: OFFICIAL SCHEDULE ANNOTATED BY SPECIAL ASSISTANT DAVE POWERS WITH A MINUTE-BY-MINUTE DETAIL OF THE DAY'S ACTIONS. $40,000 - $60,000
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD

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