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(Victoria, BC – 15 November 2006) - If money was no object, what books could you give this holiday season? How about an original copy of A Christmas Carol – the first book written to celebrate Christmas - that can be bought for the same price as a new Mercedes Benz CLK, or a used Ferrari 328, or platinum Rolex encrusted with diamonds?

From Dr. Suess and his Grinch to Hemingway, Twain, and even a turkey cookbook by F. Scott Fitzgerald, - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books - offers more collectible Christmas literature, ideal for festive gifts, than anyone else.

Spanning the past 163 years, these unique festive books do not come cheap:

$50,000 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The ultimate festive gift, this rare edition from 1843 created the ‘Christmas Book’ genre.

$17,500 – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A 1966 family presentation copy, it has an inscription by Capote to his aunt and cousin

$10,000 – Life And Adventure of Santa Claus by Frank L Baum

A 1902 first edition, with pictures by Mary Cowles Clark, dated and signed by the author.

$2,898 - How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Suess

A 1957 first edition of this children’s classic

$2,500 – Two Christmas Tales by Ernest Hemingway

A 1959 first edition – only 150 copies were printed and none were offered for sale.

$1,764 – The Christmas Fireside by Mark Twain

One of 75 copies printed, this 1949 first edition features a classic Twain tale from 1865.

$863 - Come Christmas by Robert Frost

A 1935 signed first edition featuring poetry, prose, song and drama.

$850 - Turkey Remains and How To Inter Them With Numerous Scarce Recipes by F Scott Fitzgerald

A cookbook from the Great Gatsby’s author, this 1956 first edition was a festive keepsake.

$250 - Memories and Mistletoe. A Christmas Keepsake Album by Charles Schulz

A scare 1998 edition for lovers of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang

$245 – The Father Christmas Letters by JRR Tolkien

This 1976 collection of letters from Santa Claus was penned for the author’s children.

All prices in US dollars.

About is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000 books a day from its 5 global websites. A true internet success story, AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany, Spain and USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 67 among North American online retailers in June 2006.

Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr.,
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