Very rare and expensive books – eye-candy for Bibliophiles

Stumbling around this afternoon, I came up with an interesting search, revealing a pretty fascinating gallery of very rare and expensive books on

Shown to the left isn’t actually a book, though it was found in the search above.  Its a portrait of e e cummings mother – by e e cummings – which can be had for just $10,000 USD.

Others that caught my eye:

Cosmographia – Ptolemy.  1482. Purported to be the first atlas produced with woodcut blocks, and the first to have hand colored maps!  Price:  $1,275,000 USD.

How about one incredible association copy: Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens, inscribed by the author to Hans Christian Anderson?  $150,000 USD.

Or, how about the Wild Turkey print by Audubon, John James?  $235,000 USD.

Finally, an old classic: a near pristine first edition of the Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett for $125,000 USD.

I can tell I’m going to need a raise this year 😉

One thought on “Very rare and expensive books – eye-candy for Bibliophiles”

  1. Glenn Kirby says:

    I have a book Published 1882 by maynard, merrill, and company in NewYork at 43,&47 East Tenth St.
    Shakespeare,s .Julius Caesar.
    With notes examinatiom papers, and plan of preparation By Brainerd Kellogg, A . m,.
    I am trying to find some one that can tell me something about this book. Rarity and possiable the value of this Book, It is in fair to good condition. Thank You
    Glenn Kirby

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