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Association Copies

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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Between Me and Life, a Biography of Romaine Brooks
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Between Me and Life, a Biography of Romaine Brooks

by Meryle Secrest

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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
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Hardcover
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Lanvellec, France
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Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1974. First Edition. 8vo. xviii + 432 pp. Very Good/Good. FFP inscription: "To Pamela Sherek Very best wishes Meryle Secrest." Signed by Author. First Edition. Pamela Sherek, née Boscawen, was the wife of Henry Sherek, famed theatrical impressario.
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DREAMING AMERICA & OTHER POEMS
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DREAMING AMERICA & OTHER POEMS

by Oates, Joyce Carol

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  • near fine
  • Paperback
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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(np): Aloes Editions, 1973. First edition, limited to 176 copies signed by Oates, twenty-six of which are lettered and reserved for the use of the author and publisher. Copy E. Sewn stiff paper wraps with French-fold flaps and printed label and plastic dustwrapper. Designed and printed by Robert Gordon at The Oliphant Press. This copy is also inscribed and dated by Oates to her publisher, Evelyn Shrift, at Vanguard, who published her first books. "For Evelyn, with very best wishes, as always - Joyce 2/8/74." Faint extremity toning and few small edge wrinkles, mostly on the front wrap. Near Fine condition. Oates' signature and especially her inscription are in her former flowing, cursive style which differs from her later minimalist-print signatures.. Inscribed & Signed By Author. First Edition. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Association Copy.
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Beyond the Wall of Sleep
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Beyond the Wall of Sleep

by Lovecraft, H. P.; August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith

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Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Las Vegas , Nevada
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Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1943 First printing of the first edition. One of 1,217 copies printed, Publisher's black cloth with gilt spine titles, octavo, 458 pages. The fourth book issued by Arkham House. The companion novel to The Outsider and Others. Accompanied by three letters from August Derleth to Clark Ashton Smith, discussing dust jacket art. Also includes a prepublication announcement card and a subsequent information card, as well as a letter from Derleth verifying an order for copies of Beyond the Wall of Sleep. Light rubbing at head and tail of spine and at corners of boards, text block is faintly age toned, but clean, unmarked, and tight in binding. Scarce dust jacket is slightly rubbed at spine head and tail and at corner tips. Overall near fine to fine condition.
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Ridgway's Paratroopers: The American Airborne in World War II
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Ridgway's Paratroopers: The American Airborne in World War II: Association Copy signed by General Ridgway to Matt Ridgway.

by Blair, Clay

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  • Hardcover
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Used - Very Good
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Stated First Edition 1985 (May be a First Book Club Edition)
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Hardcover
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Winfield, Illinois
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First Edition Association Copy Inscribed by General Ridgway, not the Author. Book and Dust Jacket in Near Fine condition. Inscribed, "To (recipient) Matt Ridgway General U.S. Army Retired 23(can't make out)85. Ships With Delivery Confirmation.
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A Boy's Town, Described for "Harper's Young People", (with Autograph Letter...
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A Boy's Town, Described for "Harper's Young People", (with Autograph Letter Signed Tipped In )

by Howells, William Dean

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Used - Very Good Plus
Edition
First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. Autograph Letter Signed, a single page of green stationery folded, writing one side, tipped in at front endpage and dated May 21, 1894- "40 West 54th St. My dear Ropes, I have sent you a copy of Literature(?) where you will find an ? ? story of the Civil War in a poem(?) of mine. I went to the book in order to compare the fighting in it with the fighting in the innumerable stories of the Spanish war; but I remained to wonder of the monumental work which you have performed. To a mind like mine ( I hardly dare call it a mind ) in the presence of such profoundness as yours, it is inconceivable that you should have mastered all that detail and the grasp with which you hold it and present it is so clearly, so profoundly, simply ?? one. You can justly find that you've written the history of our battles in the great war in such a way that it could not be written again. We are going to Kittery Point for the summer and I hope to see you. W.D. Howells" .… Read More
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A Widow for One Year [SIGNED Association Copy with ALS]
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A Widow for One Year [SIGNED Association Copy with ALS]

by Irving, John

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
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Granville, New York
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Amsterdam: Anthos, 1998. Signed first edition of rare English language Dutch edition of Irving's novel. The true first edition of Irving's novel, preceding the release of the US and UK editions. SIGNED presentation from Irving to motorcycle legend Cook Neilson, who took the photo of Irving that was used for the dust jacket of the book: "For Stepp and Cook - with my appreciation and affection - John Irving, April 1, 1998." Together with AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Irving on his stationery to Neilson laid in, in which Irving says that Neilson's photos will also be used on the UK edition, and jokes that another photo, to be used for the American and Canadian editions is more flattering, because it doesn't show Irving's face. Closes with mention of a nearby school in Vermont. Neilson was a preeminent motorcycle journalist and editor of Cycle Magazine. As a motrocyclist, Neilson won the Daytona Superbike race in 1977 on a Ducati. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of… Read More
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Henry P. Davison: The Record of a Useful Life [SIGNED]
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Henry P. Davison: The Record of a Useful Life [SIGNED]

by Lamont, Thomas W.

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Used - Near Fine
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1st
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Hardcover
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Granville, New York
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NY: Harper & Brothers, 1933. Signed first edition. Hard cover in original cloth. Published NY: Harper & Brothers, 1933, first printing. Presentation to American journalist and historian Mark Sullivan (1874 - 1952), author of the six volume "Our Times". "For Mark Sullivan from Thomas W. Lamont, June 1933." Mark Sullivan was a titan of twentieth century journalism. Born on a farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1874, he was only in his late teens when he bought an interest in a local newspaper, the Phoenixville Republican, for $300. The profits from this investment funded his education at Harvard, where he earned bachelor's and law degrees. In the first decade of the century he was a muckraker in the mold of Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens. His 1904 exposé on patent medicine quacks for Ladies' Home Journal helped stoke the public outrage that resulted in the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act two years later. He was a close friend of Herbert Hoover and… Read More
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Erasmus, his life and character, as shown in his correspondence and works
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Erasmus, his life and character, as shown in his correspondence and works

by Drummond, Robert Blackley (1833-1920)

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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London: London: Smith, Elder and Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1873. 1st Edition . Full cloth. Very Good. First edition, two volumes, octavo; xi, [i], 413, 380pp. In original uniform publisher's brown buckram with gilt and blind decoration to spines and front boards, bindings lightly worn, original endpapers, volume one title page annotated with brief biographical details of the author, light spotting to opening and closing leaves of each volume otherwise clean and complete, with portrait frontispiece to volume one. Family association copy with the small ownership label of W.B. Drummond to each front pastedown. Attractive example in very good original state of this well researched study.
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Beyond the Barrier with Byrd. An Authentic Story of the Byrd Antarctic Exploring Expedition (...
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Beyond the Barrier with Byrd. An Authentic Story of the Byrd Antarctic Exploring Expedition ( Association Copy )

by Lieut. Harry Adams, U.S.N.

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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Chicago and New York: M.A. Donohue & Co., 1932. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED at front end page - "The great 'Beyond' and other places South of Hoboken- Beer and Skittles Alan Innes-Taylor" and "From one deep-sea diver to another Charles L. Kessler" and additionally SIGNED AND INSCRIBED at half-title page -"The top of the world with City of New York Wm. W. Darling", along with rubber-stamped "Byrd's South Pole Ship / A Century of Progress / 1933". The author lists Kessler as seaman and helmsman, Innes-Taylor as dog-man and chief in handling and attending to the health and well-being of the sled dogs. Darling is described as a fireman and a hard worker, and "The City of New York" was Byrd's flagship for the expedition. A great ASSOCIATION COPY, given the personalization of the inscriptions seemingly presented to a fellow expedition member, who almost certainly is Dr. Dana Coman, medical director on the expedition, as this title came with 2… Read More
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Binding, Fine- Riviere & Son) The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, 15 Volumes of the...
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Binding, Fine- Riviere & Son) The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, 15 Volumes of the Edition of 17 Volumes, Bound in 4 Volumes

by Browning, Robert; Presentation Copy SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Harry Gordon Selfridge

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Used - Near Fine
Edition
Later Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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London: John Murray, 1914. Presentation Copy SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Harry Gordon Selfridge front end page of Vol. 1 - "To Mrs. Skidmore With best wishes from H. Gordon Selfridge Wed. April 6, 1921". Harry Gordon Selfridge was the founder of Selfridges department store in London whose innovations revolutionized English merchandising and created a fortune for him. His life is the subject of the popular PBS TV series "Mr. Selfridge" starring Jeremy Piven. This set contains eight volumes bound as four from the Edition in 17 Volumes ( lacking Vols. 13 and 17), as follows: Pauline-Sordello, Vols 3 & 4 bound in Vol. I, Vols. 5 &6, and 7 bound in Vol. II, Vols. 8-10 and Vols. 12 & 13 bound in Vol. III, and Vols. 14 & 15 and Vol. 16 with General Index bound in Vol. IV. In signed Riviere & Son fine binding of half vellum over powder blue buckram, the backs richly gilt, top edges gilt, marbled end pages, Near Fine, light soiling to vellum, scant toning at illustrations.… Read More
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The Strength of Government ( The Godkin Lectures at Harvard, 1968)
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The Strength of Government ( The Godkin Lectures at Harvard, 1968)

by Bundy, McGeorge

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Used - Fine
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ Press, 1968. Association Copy, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at half-title page -" To Jim Armsey, with the deep appreciation of his friend. McGeorge Bundy, February 11. 1969". James Armsey, ( 1918-2008) who was the Ford Foundation executive who oversaw grants to universities and colleges in the 1960s, with the only requirement that they had to raise matching funds from other sources. At his urging the Foundation added the requirement that the colleges and universities could not bar black students. This change caused a number of them, including Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Tulane University, and several major private colleges, to admit black students for the first time. At the time of publication McGeorge Bundy was the President of the Ford Foundation. He also served both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson from 1961-1966 as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs. Fine, Armsey's name and initials front paste down and end… Read More
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Remarks on the Constitution and Practice of Courts Martial, With a..
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Remarks on the Constitution and Practice of Courts Martial, With a..

by Stuart, J.E.B.; Simmons, Thomas Frederick

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Clark, New Jersey
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1852. London: Parker, Furnivall, And Parker, 1852. London: Parker, Furnivall, And Parker, 1852. Treatise on Courts Martial Owned by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart [Stuart, J.E.B. (1833-1864)]. Simmons, Thomas Frederick. Remarks on the Constitution and Practice of Courts Martial; With a Summary of the Law of Evidence, As Connected with Such Courts; Also Some Notice of the Criminal Law of England, With Reference to the Trial of Civil Offences Where There is no Competent Civil Judicature. London: Parker, Furnivall, And Parker, 1852. xvi, 668, [4] pp. Includes 4-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Original cloth, blind frames to boards, blind fillets and gilt title to spine. Light rubbing, soiling and a few minor dampstains, chipping to spine ends, corners bumped, hinges cracked. "J.E.B. Stuart./ 1st Cavalry" in large penciled hand to front free endpaper. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, upper corners of a few leaves dog-eared. A copy with an interesting Civil War… Read More
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Botanical Features of North American Deserts
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Botanical Features of North American Deserts

by MacDougal, Daniel Trembly

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Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1908. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY CONTRIBUTOR William Phipps Blake at front end page - "Professor Joseph Hyde Pratt, Chapel Hill, N.C. with compliments of W.P. Blake (?) Oct. 28, 1908 (Leafs 45)". Phipps contribution starts at p. 45, titled "Geological Sketch of the Region of Tucson, Arizona". Phipps (1826-1910) was the Territorial Geologist of Arizona, a noted mining consultant and educator who started the first school of mines in the Far West in 1864. Professor Joseph Hyde Pratt (1870-1942) was a prominent North Carolina geologist, conservationist, and state and civic leader. Near Fine, bound in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering at spine, 111 pages, illustrated with numerous black and white photographs, 3 fold-out maps, scattered light toning and light rubbing to boards, Pratt's ownership signature front paste down. SCARCE in hardcover, a great geology ASSOCIATION COPY.. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY CONTRIBUTOR. First Edition.… Read More
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Steeple Bush
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Steeple Bush

by Frost, Robert; Samuel French Morse [Association]

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Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Las Vegas , Nevada
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New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1947 First printing of the first edition. Inscribed and signed by Robert Frost to poet, teacher, and friend, Samuel French: "To Samuel [French] Morse / from his fellow in the art / Robert Frost / in great hopes for us all." Light rubbing to board ends and faint toning to page margins, else book in fine condition; light toning to jacket spine and cover margins, trace of shelf wear, else dust jacket in fine condition. Among his many lifetime achievements, Frost was a four time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
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The Witness Collection
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The Witness Collection

by Chambers, Whittaker [Alger Hiss, Scott Nearing, Richard Nixon et al.]

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Used
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Hardcover
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Chicago, Illinois
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Rare books, documents, correspondence, and ephemera, 1964. Chambers, Whittaker: Witness: New York: Random House, 1952. First edition, first printing. Octavo. Original black boards and red top-stain and original dust jacket (not price-clipped). Faint toning to endpapers and spotting and dusting to page block; minor rubbing and edgewear to dust jacket, else near-fine. A bright and exceptional first printing of this notoriously brittle classic. Chambers, Whittaker: Cold Friday: New York: Random House, 1964. First edition, first printing. Octavo. Original blue cloth with gold titling to spine and green top-stain and original dust jacket (not price-clipped). Small abrasion to front free endpaper and minor rubbing and edgewear to dust jacket with small closed tear to top hinge, else near-fine, which is uncommon for this increasingly hard to find book. Chambers, Whittaker: Can You Hear Their Voices? A Short Story: New York: International Pamphlets, 1932. First edition. Stapled pamphlet. 5 x 7 inches, 31… Read More
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