A rare first edition copy of Herman Melville's Moby Dick headlined an auction of 19th and 20th century literature at Swann Auction Galleries on June 19.
It made $40,000 - an increase of 166.6% on a $15,000 estimate at the New York sale.
The vast majority of the first edition printing were destroyed in a fire at the Harper & Brothers warehouse in 1853 - with only 60 copies known to have survived.
The fact that it's one of only two copies to feature white endpapers further increases it appeal to collectors.
A first edition copy of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, one of only 100 signed copies, proved another highlight when it achieved $20,480 against a $12,000 estimate - up 70.6%.
In May last year, an autograph manuscript for a poem titled Heart's Yearnings sold for a record $105,000 at Bonhams in London.
A first edition copy of Flannery O Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find sold for $9,375 against a valuation of $6,000, equating to a rise of 56.2%.
The book is dedicated to George Haslam, a professor at the Georgia State College for Women, who was among the first to encourage her to write.
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