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Exploring NYC today with an 1899 Baedeker

25 Nov 2015

This is a well-written article worth a bit of your time. There have been others in a similar vein - could anybody remind me of some others, still live on the web?

It's like London buses...

24 Sep 2015

...you wait and wait for one, and then four of them turn up at once.

So now there are lots of interesting Baedekers on eBay - let me just highlight two:

There is an Oesterreich, S- u W-Deutschland 6 (1855), which is so rare it has never been spotted on bdkr.com before. It's not in great shape but OK for its age, and it is said to be complete.

Then we also have a Schweiz 6 (1856) for sale; it is also rare. It looks in quite good shape, although it has some markings on the pages. Somebody will be very pleased to acquire this!

St Petersburg

21 Aug 2015

Something a bit unusual in the quietest bit of summer: a copy of St. Petersburg und Umgebung 2 (1913) spotted on eBay. A rare visitor to these latitudes!


19 Jul 2015

There is a copy of Schweiz 3 (1851) on eBay at the moment. Looks decent for its age, but these are very rare books in any condition!

Stats after 30,000 recorded sales

27 Jun 2015

So, we have reached other milestone: 30,000 recorded auction sales in the database. As of this morning, there are 30,037 recorded sales, and here are the overall statistics, with some notes on the changes since 29,000 sales.

The 30,037 sales result from 67,782 auctions started, so the success ratio (i.e., auctions resulting in a sale) is 44.31% (44.68% last time), continuing a downward trend. The number of successful auctions per month also continues to fall, and is now at 228.4, from 234 after 29,000 sales.

There are 1050 different editions and variants listed separately at BDKR.com. Of those 975 have appeared in at least one successful sale, which is three more than last time, again a notable increase (there were four new ones last time). Of the 975 editions seen, 53 have appeared once only (again an improvement - there were 58 once-only editions last time). The most sold edition is, as ever, Great Britain 7 (1910) with 240 sales (235 last time). Generalgouvernment remains the most sold German edition and stands at 215 sales (last time 210). The best-selling French edition is also firmly established, being Sud-Est de la France 9 (1910) - but it remarkably remains on 88 sales (88 since 28,000 sales). Of the 30,037 books, 13,446 (44.8%) were in German, 12,482 (42.9%) in English and 3,697 (12.3%) in French. There is a weak trend for the proportion of German books to increase and that of French books to decrease, but it remains a steady rule, as it has from inception, that out of seven sold books, three are in German, three in English and one in French.

The total sale price for the books was €946,528.04, giving an average price of €31.51, which continues the falling trend (though it is now very slight). If all the books had gone for their BDKR guideline price, the total sales would have been €2,472,605, so the ratio is now down to 38.3%. And there was I thinking the revision of guideline prices would fix the ratio at 40%!

As ever, just treat these stats as a bit of fun - my statistics training is non-existent. The stats also appear in shortened form every day on the stats page. If you'd like some other data, please feel free to ask!

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