How Many Zeros is 007 Worth?

Casino-Royale-Ian-FlemingOur friends over at Abe Books have announced their most expensive rare book sales of 2012, which included a signed first edition of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale that sold for $46,000. (A 1953 first edition is currently for sale on Abe Books for $149,000; on, you can find a paperback edition for nine bucks).

Earning slightly more than James Bond's debut was a 1603 copy of an illustrated celestial atlas by Johann Bayer, which sold for $47,729. In third place was an original German edition of Franz Kafka’s Die Verwandlung (aka The Metamorphosis), which sold for $30,000.

Others on the list of top 25 most expensive books included copies of The Call of the Wild, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea, and, at #25, Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, which sold for $12,912.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 on the Abe Books annual list are:

  • A Latin Bible from 1491 ($26,200)
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak ($25,000)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ($25,000)
  • A Polyglot Bible from 1599-1602, edited by Elisa Hutter ($25,000)
  • Livre d'Heures (Book of Hours) ($24,680)
  • Cosmographia by Petrus Apianus ($23,681)
  • Les Ruines de les Splus Beaux Monuments de la Grece by Julien David Le Roy ($23,530)

>To see the full list of most expensive books, including the top 25 and other sales in various categories (science, mathematics, art, photography, poetry and more) visit

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Me gustaría poder comprar ese libro para regalar

Posted by: Gines | Wednesday January 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

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