Luck o' the Irish

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, used bookseller Abe Books has released a list of the 10 most expensive books by Irish writers.

Number 1 is that I-can't-live-without-it masterpiece: "The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts" (1690) by Robert Boyle, which some collector picked up for the bagain basement sum of $18,500. The lucky owner of this book can peruse "Boyle's critque of the Aristotelian view of all matter being composed of the basic elements earth, air, fire, and water." Good to know.

At a distant second, there's a first edition of James Joyce's "Ulysses" (1922) on handmade paper. Just $10,000.

I'm green with envy.

By Ron Charles |  March 17, 2009; 1:48 PM ET Ron Charles
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