1984 by George Orwell

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four made AbeBooks' most expensive titles sold last month; a first edition with the red dustjacket similar to the edition picture sold for $6,780.

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1. The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid


Charles Wittingham of Chiswick Press published this edition of Euclid’s works on Euclidean geometry in 1847. Written and designed to simplify Euclid's propositions, this remarkable example of Victorian printing has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the century.

Sold for £5,500

2. Poems (1909-1925)

T.S. Eliot

Containing many of Eliot’s canonical works including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Hollow Men,” and “The Waste Land,” this is a first edition, one of 85 numbered copies signed by Eliot.

Sold for £4,264

3. Out of the Silent Planet

C.S. Lewis

First edition of Lewis's earliest and rarest works from 1938.

Sold for £3,988

4. An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Suspension Bridge Constructed over the Menai Straight in North Wales With A brief Notice of Conway Bridge from Designs by and Under the Direction of Thomas Telford

Thomas Telford

Account of one of the world’s first modern suspension bridges linking mainland Wales with the island of Anglesey. A 1828 first edition elephant folio printed in London with 17 engraved plates.

Sold for £3,820

5. Merely Connect

Tom Philips and Salman Rushdie

A first edition of the collaboration between artist Tom Philips and author Salman Rushdie, this 1994 Harvard publication had an extraordinarily small print run. Signed by both authors

Sold for £3,675

6. Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

First edition, first printing, of Orwell’s 1949 dystopian classic featuring the red dustjacket

Sold for £3,402

7. Anthropos. Revue Internationale d'Ethnographie et de Linguistique

A collection of 60 volumes of the International Journal of Anthropology and Linguistics. Articles are in French, German, and English covering all topics of the discipline.

Sold for £2,738

8. Gmelins Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie

Leopold Gmelin

Gmelins Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry, a virtually complete set of 372 volumes published between 1926-1984.

Sold for £2,651

9. Five Go to Smugglers Top

Enid Blyton

First edition from 1945 of the fourth book in Blyton’s Famous Five series

Sold for £2,528

10. The Ascent of Everest

John Hunt

First edition from 1953 about the first ascent of Everest. Signed by 40 famous climbers including Edmund Hilary, who wrote the 16th chapter of the book

Sold for £2,508