The 1931 Golden Cockerel Press edition of the Four Gospels set the text of the King James Gospels into a masterly example of book design. This copy, one of only 12 printed on Roman Vellum, which was the only known inscribed copy to appear at auction, set a record price today when it became the top lot in the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction. It sold for $132,000. Watch video footage of the auctioning of the lot, which also shows what happens when a bidder raises his paddle at the wrong moment.
The first book on America printed in the Muslim world, shown here, was the day’s second highest selling lot, bringing $52,800.