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(Victoria, BC – 27 December 2007) Seventeen years since it was first published, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by self-help guru Stephen Covey is still going strong. The book was's bestselling used title in 2007 and also the site's overall bestseller.

The most expensive book sold by - the world's largest marketplace for used, rare and out-of-print books – was a major theological work from 1479 priced at almost $25,000. Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns was the bestselling signed book and JK Rowling topped the bestselling author list.

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Bestselling used books on

  1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Bestselling books overall (new & used combined) on

  1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Bestselling authors on

  1. JK Rowling
  2. Nora Roberts
  3. William Shakespeare
  4. James Patterson
  5. CS Lewis

Bestselling signed books on

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  2. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  3. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  4. The Highfield Mole by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
  5. The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee)

Most expensive books sold on

  1. Supplementum summae Pisanellae by Nikolaus Osimo - $24,941
    A beautiful edition of the major theological work of Nicholas de Osimo from 1479. It includes a collection of anti-Semitic church laws. Osimo was a lawyer and theologian, who joined the Franciscans and was appointed prefect of the Holy Land. This is the first known printed edition.
  2. The Genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera by Edward Doubleday & John Westwood - $16,750
    A key work, beautifully illustrated, on butterflies and moths from 1852 bound in red half morocco leather over contemporary marbled cloth-covered boards. Doubleday had only completed about a third of the text before his death in 1849 and Westwood finished the work.
  3. Navis stultifera a domino Sebastiano Brant primum by Jodocus Badius - $16,028
    A 1497 Latin translation of Brant's Ship of Fools (Das Narrenschiff) where the vices of the day are pilloried by the German satirist – it includes woodcuts by a young Albrecht Dürer. Jakob Lochers was the translator while Jodocus Badius, an early publishing pioneer, edited the work.
  4. Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae in X Libros Digesta by Athanasius Kircher - $14,375
    Bound in full recent calf, this 1671 enlarged edition includes an early description of the recently invented magic lantern, an early form of projector. It also includes the first printed pictures of Saturn and Jupiter. Kircher addresses the issues of heavenly bodies and timekeeping.
  5. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia by David Roberts - $13,000
    First quarto edition from 1855-56 of one of the greatest lithographic works ever printed. Roberts was the first Westerner to enter many sacred mosques and monuments in the Middle East. There are detailed drawings, six pictorial title pages, and two engraved maps. Six volumes

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