Our 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 Amazon.com, 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 AbeBooks.com