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 Biblio.com.
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 😉