Inspired by last week’s posting of their most expensive books for 2008, I spent a few minutes searching for the most expensive Discipliana on ABE.
My list isn’t exhaustive–I searched only for the usual suspects–and some of it probably is a bit misleading and inflated (except for the Campbell stuff, it probably really is worth what they’re asking and a couple of them are a steal).
A book is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and frankly the main criticism I hear of ABE is that there is too much artificial inflation. One Nashville bookseller with whom I occasionally talk books thinks these folks may be hoping for well-heeled institutions or university libraries to come calling. In other words, when it isn’t your money, who cares how much??? A couple of these have been on ABE for a long, long time…so no one is falling over themselves to get their hands on it.
Enough blather, on to the list:
Memoirs of Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, 1861, H. S. Bosworth: 125.00. A true steal at this price!
Memoirs of Alexander Campbell, by Robert Richardson in 2 volumes, 1868, Lippincott: 150.00 the set. Another true steal, really.
History of the Fall and Dissolution of Christendom by J. E. Thompson. McQuiddy, 1917: 179.95
The Nashville Debate, James A. Harding and J. B. Moody, 1955 Gospel Advocate reprint of the 1889 first edition: 200.00
Unfulfilled Prophecy, (the Boles-Boll discussion), Gospel Advocate, 1928, signed by H. Leo Boles and from the library of Jack Exum: 250.00
Christianity Restored, Alexander Campbell, first edition of the Christian System, 1835: 250.00. Sounds like it is great shape.
Letters and Sermons of T. B. Larimore, volume 1 by F. D. Srygley, Gospel Advocate, 1900: 299.97 but with what looks like more than a few condition issues.
Memoirs of Isaac Errett, by J. S. Lamar in 2 volumes, 1893, Standard Publishing: 350.00.
Biography of Elder David Purviance, by Levi Purviance, includes much on the Cane Ridge Revival, but this one has been rebound, 1848: 375.00
Smiles and Tears, or Larimore and His Boys, by F. D. Srygley, second edition, 1890, Gospel Advocate: 399.97 with worse condition issues than Letter and Sermons!
Millennial Harbinger, full volume, edited by Alexander Campbell, unsure which volume: 448.00
Christian Baptist, Volume IV, edited by Alexander Campbell, first edition, 1827: 525.00
Sacred Solos and Duets, by J. E. Sturgis, Standard, 1925: 2417.00…and if you buy that I’ll throw the Golden Gate in free… same goes if you buy Christian Hymns #3, edited by L. O. Sanderson, Gospel Advocate, 1966 for 159!
…drum roll please…
The Kentucky Revival, by Richard McNemar, true first edition bound with a copy of the Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery; the seller notes that a copy of this title has not come up for auction in 30 years, truly scarce, 1807: 13500.00. Other copies may be had here for 275.00…very reasonable; here for 175..waaay too much!; and here for 75…still too much.
So, now that I’ve shared my want-list..my address is…:)