Juan González de Mendoza, Il Gran Regno della China, first edition, Florence, 1589.
A first edition of The King James Bible, printed in London in 1611, realized $28,800. Other featured bibles and religious texts included a Greek New Testament that belonged to Samuel Johnson: Tes Kaines Diathekes Apanta . . . Novum Jesu Christi . . . Testamentum, Frankfurt 1601, a gift from translator John Hoole, which brought $15,600.
The Holy Bible, first edition of the King James Bible, London, 1611.
Among early philosophical texts, a first edition of Baruch Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicussold for $22,800. A controversial text by the Dutch thinker who suggested that philosophy and religion should be independent of one another, the book was banned in the late 17th century.
Spinoza, Tractatus theologico-politicus, first edition, Hamburg, 1670.