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DISCOVERIES; A VOLUME OF ESSAYS

DISCOVERIES; A VOLUME OF ESSAYS by Yeats, William Butler

Dundrum: Dun Emer Press, 1907. Linen-backed boards. Woodcut pressmark ("Charging Unicorn) by Robert Gregory (its first use). Co...

$125,000.00
The Cocktail Party. A Comedy.

The Cocktail Party. A Comedy. by ELIOT, T. S

London: Faber and Faber Ltd,, 1950. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in red q...

£65,000.00
SELECTED POEMS LYRICAL AND NARRATIVE

SELECTED POEMS LYRICAL AND NARRATIVE by Yeats, William Butler

London: Macmillan and Co., 1929. Blue cloth, elaborately stamped in blind, title lettered in gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Po...

$35,000.00
ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN

ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. Green cloth, lettered in gilt and blind. Expert restorations to spine extremities and ...

$35,000.00
THE CELTIC TWILIGHT

THE CELTIC TWILIGHT by Yeats, William Butler

London: A.H. Bullen, 1902. Blue cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt after a design by Althea Gyles, untrimmed. Edges and endshee...

$35,000.00
THE UNICORN FROM THE STARS AND OTHER PLAYS

THE UNICORN FROM THE STARS AND OTHER PLAYS by Yeats, William Butler, and Lady Augusta Gregory

New York: The Macmillan Co., 1908. Blue cloth, spine elaborately gilt after a design by Althea Gyles, t.e.g., fore-edges rough-...

$30,000.00
THE HOUR-GLASS, CATHLEEN NI HOULIHAN, THE POT OF BROTH:  BEING VOLUME TWO OF PLAYS FOR AN IRISH THEATRE

THE HOUR-GLASS, CATHLEEN NI HOULIHAN, THE POT OF BROTH: BEING VOLUME TWO OF PLAYS FOR AN IRISH THEATRE by Yeats, William Butler

London: A.H. Bullen, 1904. Green cloth, grey boards, paper spine label. Foxing early and late, a few small spots to boards, el...

$27,500.00
IDEAS OF GOOD AND EVIL

IDEAS OF GOOD AND EVIL by Yeats, William Butler

London: A.H. Bullen, 1903. Green cloth and boards, paper spine label, edges rough-trimmed. Edges and end leaves foxed, lower co...

$27,500.00
THE CUTTING OF AN AGATE

THE CUTTING OF AN AGATE by Yeats, William Butler

London: Macmillan and Co., 1919. Blue cloth, stamped in gilt after a design by T. Sturge Moore, edges rough-trimmed. Modest fox...

$25,000.00
THE HOUR-GLASS. CATHLEEN NI HOULIHAN, THE POT OF BROTH: BEING VOLUME TWO OF PLAYS FOR AN IRISH  THEATRE

THE HOUR-GLASS. CATHLEEN NI HOULIHAN, THE POT OF BROTH: BEING VOLUME TWO OF PLAYS FOR AN IRISH THEATRE by Yeats, William Butler

London: A.H. Bullen, 1904. Cloth backed boards, paper spine label, edges untrimmed. Spine label darkened and soiled, minor soil...

$20,000.00
THE COUNTESS KATHLEEN AND VARIOUS LEGENDS AND LYRICS

THE COUNTESS KATHLEEN AND VARIOUS LEGENDS AND LYRICS by Yeats, William Butler

London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892. Parchment and boards, wallet fore-edges, t.e.g., fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Frontis by J.T...

$17,500.00
THE WORKS OF BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.  WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GEORGE DARLEY

THE WORKS OF BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GEORGE DARLEY by [ Dickens, Charles]: Beaumont, Francis, and John Fletcher

London: Edward Moxon, 1840. Two volumes. Polished tan calf, spines gilt, with gilt labels (small repairs), t.e.g. by Sotheran. ...

$17,500.00
POEMS BY...

POEMS BY... by Johnson, Lionel

London & Boston: Elkin Mathews & Copeland & Day, 1895. Original polished brown buckram, spine stamped in gilt, title printed in...

$13,500.00
A CHANGED MAN, THE WAITING SUPPER, AND OTHER TALES, CONCLUDING WITH THE ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF A MILKMAID

A CHANGED MAN, THE WAITING SUPPER, AND OTHER TALES, CONCLUDING WITH THE ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF A MILKMAID by Hardy, Thomas

London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1913. Original decorated cloth, t.e.g. Photogravure frontis. Very slightly worn, but a near-fin...

$13,500.00
SELECT POEMS OF WILLIAM BARNES.  CHOSEN AND EDITED WITH A PREFACE AND GLOSSARIAL NOTES BY THOMAS HARDY

SELECT POEMS OF WILLIAM BARNES. CHOSEN AND EDITED WITH A PREFACE AND GLOSSARIAL NOTES BY THOMAS HARDY by Hardy, Thomas [ed]

London: Henry Frowde, 1908. Original elaborately gilt decorated cloth, t.e.g., ribbon marker. Usual foxing to endsheets, otherw...

$10,000.00



Association copies can be difficult to define, but they can add considerable value to your growing book and ephemera collection. Put simply, association copies are books owned by people of significance. Some collectors will argue that books owned by celebrities or other famous figures count as association copies, while other collectors believe association copies are books owned by people significant to the author or particular work. For instance, this special copy of The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac is inscribed by the author to the mother of one of Kerouac's dear friends and fellow Beatniks.

What makes associations copies so precious is the unique relationship between author and recipient. Instead of a book being signed at a typical signature event, association copies provide a deeper glimpse into the hearts and minds of the authors. However, association copies can also include books signed or unsigned that belonged to other famous or influential people in history. Although signed copies are almost always more valuable than unsigned, association copies of any kind are quite collectible and highly sought-after books.

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