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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.



SANCTUARY
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SANCTUARY

by Faulkner, William

  • Used
  • very good
  • Paperback
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Item Price
$300.00

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Paris: Crosby Continental Editions/Black Sun Press, 1932. First edition thus, first prnt. (March, 1932) Printed perfect-bound wraps with French-fold flaps. Signed and dated on the title page "Paris July 20, 1949" by author Otto Friedrich while he was in Europe on the staff of "Stars and Stripes." Pages toned; spine toned with wear and creases, touch of soiling. Tight copy. Very Good condition with a contemporary rice paper dustwrapper (not issued as such). Friedrich's books include Decline and Fall (1970), an account of the demise of "The Saturday Evening Post" which won the George Polk Award. Signed by Owner. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Association Copy.
Item Price
$300.00
THE EYE IN THE TRIANGLE. An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley. Inscribed

THE EYE IN THE TRIANGLE. An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley. Inscribed

by Regardie, Israel. [Aleister Crowley]

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Item Price
$2,500.00

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Saint Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1970. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1970. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Presentation Copy. 8vo., A near fine copy in the publisher's black cloth, gilt - in a lightly used dustwrapper. Regardie has warmly inscribed this book to Ursula Greville: "For Ursula / who did some editing on this magnum opus / Love, Francis." {Regardie dedicated AHA! to Ursula Greville a 'loving, generous, devoted friend of many years who, like Aleister Crowley changed the entire course of my life.'} This is a stated First Edition / First Printing. There is some light wear to the board's extremities & to the crown and foot of the book's spine. There are three small page notations on the final free endpaper. The dustwrapper is not price clipped; with the original publisher's price of $10.00 still intact on the front flap. There is a 1" x 2" chip missing from the top right corner… Read More
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$2,500.00
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
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Beyond the Wall of Sleep

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

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
$9,950.00

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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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$9,950.00
The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, together with the Apocrypha: Translated...
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Philadelphia: Printed and Published by M. Carey & Son, 1818. Leather Bound. Very Good. 9 x 10 1/2 inches. [4] + 1-834 (OT) + [829-34] (family register) + 835-1080 (NT and index). With 11 full page engravings. Printed in two column Roman type. Pages 569-70 lacking. Slight loss to 855-56. Significant loss to 911-12. Four pages of family records include Asher Mott Howell (1791-1853). Hills #345. Bound with: Brown, John. A Brief Concordance to the Holy Scriptures. Philadelphia: Printed and Published by Mathew Carey & Son, 1818. 72 numbered pages. Pages 67-70 lacking. A few pages toned or stained. Bound in contemporary full maroon straight grained morocco with gilt rolled borders and gilt title and decorations to spine. Hinges weak. Covers scuffed and worn at edges. The Asher Mott Howell Family Bible: Asher Mott Howell (1791-1853) was a relative of abolitionist Lucretia Coffin Mott, and the subject of a portrait by American painter Jacob Eichholtz currently on loan to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Item Price
$444.40
Life's Picture History Of World War II
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Life's Picture History Of World War II

by Tourtellot, Arthur B.; Sherrod, Robert Lee; Brennan, Francis

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Thus Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Duanesburg, New York
Item Price
$450.00

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New York: Time Inc., 1950. First Thus Edition. Hardcover, Cloth. Very Good/No dust jacket. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Book: Maroon leatherette, gilt-lettered spine, front board label, both crisp. Very clean covers, text block. Spine ends rubbed. Slipcase: Good condition- maroon, textured, pasted paper on heavy cardboard; edge wear, chips, & a 1.25" spine end tear. Signed, Association copy. Inscribed by Bob Sherrod on free front end paper: "To my friend Brice (sic) Harlow with best wishes Bob Sherrod". Robert Sherrod was a journalist and war correspondent for Time and Life magazines during World War II and the Vietnam War. He authored 5 books on World War II. He was editor of Time during World War II, an editor of the Saturday Evening Post, and finally, Vice President of Curtis Publishing Co. Bryce Harlow was a key aide to US Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan. He was also said to have advised President Johnson. He was a corporate lobbyist who is listed in… Read More
Item Price
$450.00
The Confessions of Nat Turner.
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The Confessions of Nat Turner.

by STYRON, William.

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
London, United Kingdom
Item Price
$4,720.88

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New York: Random House, 1967. INSCRIBED TO LEONARD BERNSTEIN First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Lennie with best wishes and memories of Lower Sixth Avenue. Bill Styron. New York, December 1967". The recipient was his close friend, composer Leonard Bernstein. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front board in gilt, silver, and orange, brown endpapers, top edge dyed red. With dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with minor fading of the spine panel and a few tiny nicks.
Item Price
$4,720.88
It Costs to Be President - ASSOCIATION COPY
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It Costs to Be President - ASSOCIATION COPY

by Stoddard, Henry L.

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$250.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938. A 1938 Christmas gift from Will H. Hays to his son Will H. Hays Jr.(Bill). Will H. Hays managed Warren G. Hardings successful campaign for the Presidency of the U.S. and was subsequently appointed Postmaster General. After a year in that position, he resigned to become most famously known as the first President of Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), which under his guidance published a blacklist of actors and workers studios should not hire, inserted moral clauses into actors' contracts, and published an informal list of suggested guidelines for film producers. Laid into the book is a 5" x8" piece of stationery titled 28 West Forty-Fourth Street stating "Merry Christmas WHH 1938". The book is SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR Henry L Stoddard, best known as editor and part owner of the New York Evening Mail and author of several Presidential monographs, on the front endpage - " To Bill Hays, of Yale, Son of my… Read More
Item Price
$250.00
SATORI IN PARIS (The Dharma Bums)
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SATORI IN PARIS (The Dharma Bums)

by Kerouac, Jack

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Item Price
$700.00

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NY: Grove Press, 1966. First edition, first prnt. Inscribed by John Montgomery on the verso of the half-title page. "For R Andrews, GMF, Bayview, So. of Mkt. I am named on p.23. It was Kerouac's idea that my descent is English yet none is such. My name is considered Scots now but was brought to England as French & known origin is in Denmark but is probably Celtic. Ferlinghetti was told at Gallimard Press to help Kerouac if seen as he was falling down drunk. He liked J. Walker Red Label. John Montgomery." Touch of shelfwear at board corners and beginning page toning; dustjacket with price-clip and abrasion on the spine. Tight copy in Very Good condition in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. John Montgomery was a friend of Kerouac and the basis for the character Henry Morley in The Dharma Bums.. Inscribed by Subject. First Edition. Hardcovers. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Association Copy.
Item Price
$700.00
ANCIENT SOCIETY; or, Researches In the Lines of Human Progress From Savagery, Through Barbarism...
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ANCIENT SOCIETY; or, Researches In the Lines of Human Progress From Savagery, Through Barbarism to Civilization

by Morgan, Lewis Henry

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Good +
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Lake Forest, Illinois
Item Price
$2,250.00

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New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1877. First Edition. Cloth. Good +/None: Custom case. SIGNED by the Author & 13 of his colleagues.<br /> <br /> 8vo (9 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 1.8"; 2 pounds, 6.2 ounces), brown cloth with gilt-stamping, xvi + 560 pages. The most important work of the outstanding American anthropologist of his time: "The Father of American Anthropoogy." His theories of social evolution have had a profound influence upon subsequent anthropology and history. Morgan knew and favorably impressed Charles Darwin; was a significant influence on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; and was cited favorably by Sigmund Freud. <br /> Born near Aurora, New York, Lewis Henry Morgan originally trained as a lawyer and practiced for 18 years in Rochester, often dealing with railroads. The expansion by these railroads through Upstate New York caused massive expropriations of native American lands and dislocations of native residents.<br /> As a result,… Read More
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$2,250.00
The Name of the Rose
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The Name of the Rose

by Eco, Umberto

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good Plus
Edition
First American Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$1,750.00

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New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1983. Association Copy, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR in the year of publication on the half-title page - "for Nan Miller Umberto Eco, June 83". An excellent Association Copy, Nan Miller was an editor at Indiana University Press for over 30 years. In IU Preident Thomas Ehrlich's 1993 address for Eco's Honorary Degree for Doctor of Humane Letters he noted that " ... for more than 15 years, Indiana University has been a home away from home. One draw was the university's Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies in Bloomington. Another was the Indiana University Press, which inaugurated its Advances in Semiotics series with Professor Eco's first major English publication, A Theory of Semiotics. Since then, the IU Press has published five additional books in semiotics that were authored, coauthored, or coedited by Professor Eco." First Edition stated, First Printing with complete Harcourt letter row BCDE. Very Good Plus,… Read More
Item Price
$1,750.00
Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf ( Important Association Copy in Year of Publication )
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Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf ( Important Association Copy in Year of Publication )

by Riefenstahl, Leni

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good Minus
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$5,000.00

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Berlin: im Deutschen Verlag,, 1937. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at half-title page - " Arthur Kiekebusch su wiedersehen 1937 herrlich (?) Leni Riefenstahl". Arthur Kiekebusch was a German production manager and director, best known for the 1920 silent film "The Woman in the Dolphin" starring Bela Lugosi. He was the assistant production manager, with responsibility for all cameras and lenses, on Riefenstahl's film "Olympia" from which the photographs in this book were taken. He also worked with Leni on her 1935 film "Triumph of the Will" as unit manager and head cameraman. The First Edition book is Very Good Minus, boards bowed, cloth rubbed at corners and spine ends, prior owner name and US address front end page, hinges starting, lacking the dust jacket . Regardless, given their close working relationship, an important and historic association copy in German film making.. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket.… Read More
Item Price
$5,000.00
Report of the Cruise of The U. S. Revenue Cutter Bear
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Report of the Cruise of The U. S. Revenue Cutter Bear: The Overland Expedition for the Relief of the Whalers in the Arctic Ocean, from November 27, 1897, to September 13, 1898

by Jarvis, D.H., Lieutenant

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$1,800.00

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Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899, First Edition. Tall 8vo. 23.2 cm. (iv) 144pp., 68 black-and-white photographs and engravings, large fold-out color map at rear. Publisher's blue ruled pebbled cloth with gilt title on spine. Scarce. An important association copy gifted by Jarvis to A. P. to M.E. Swineford, Governor of Alaska. Arctic Bibliography 18402; Ricks p. 241; Wickersham 7604.
"Following the direct intervention of President McKinley, The Bear was equipped, and in November 1897 set out to rescue eight whaling ships which had become trapped in the ice near Point Barrow. Despite the difficulties involved in a winter mission to Arctic waters, the "Bear" and her crew managed to reach Seattle ten months later with four of the whaling crews, with no loss to its own complement of men." This book documents the account of the cruise of the "Bear" in 1898 to Cape Vancouver, West Alaska, landing a party under the command of Lt. D. H. Jarvis to go overland to Pt. Barrow to rescue whaling crews… Read More
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$1,800.00
Where the Wild Things Are
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Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First edition, ASSOCIATION COPY
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
New York, New York
Item Price
$22,500.00

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SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. [NY]: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963. Oblong 8vo, 48pp. Gray quarter-cloth with full-color pictorial boards. Full-color pictorial endpapers; full-color illustrations throughout. Slight rubbing to board edges, minute sunning to boards, else a remarkably bright, clean copy, in publisher's original, first state full-color pictorial d.w. (price-clipped, sunning and light spotting across front and rear panels).Inscribed by the author,Maurice Sendak, to his friend and former lover, Leroy Richmond, with a remarkably detailed drawing of a wild thing.
First Edition. 1964 Caldecott Medal Winner.When Max is sent to bed without supper, he leaves home and journeys to where the Wild Things are. There, he tames the Wild Things and becomes their king, declaring, "Let the Wild Rumpus start!" But finally, Max chooses to go home where someone loves him "best of all." This masterpiece earned Sendak the 1964 Caldecott Medal and is as fresh and exciting today as when it was first… Read More
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$22,500.00
The Babe: A Life in Pictures
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The Babe: A Life in Pictures

by Ritter, Lawrence S. (and Mark Rucker)

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition, First Printing by numberline
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780899197685
ISBN 10
089919768X
Seller
Lukeville , Arizona
Item Price
$196.00

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New York, Ticknor and Fields, 1988, large format hardcover (9" x 12"), 282 pp, First Edition, First Printing by numberline, Very Good in Very Good dustjacket, Association Copy, Signed by the author and inscribed to the American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould on the title page. Inscription reads "For Stephen Jay Gould with all good wishes - Larry Ritter". Straight, tight and clean with no markings, spine-end and corner bumps. Dustjacket unclipped bearing original price, light spine-end and corner nicks and bumps. The premier sports historian and author of The Glory of Their Times, often called 'the greatest book about baseball ever written presents what has been described as "easily the best pictorial biography of the Sultan of Swat...from boyhood days in his father's saloon in Baltimore, his formative years at St. Mary's, his early playing days in Baltimore and Providence, his rise to stardom as a member of the Boston Red Sox, the legendary years… Read More
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$196.00
EUREKA. A Prose poem.  -- Poe's own copy, heavily annotated in his own hand.
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EUREKA. A Prose poem. -- Poe's own copy, heavily annotated in his own hand.

by POE. EDGAR ALLAN

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  • Hardcover
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
London, United Kingdom
Item Price
$3,776.70

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( Geo. P. Putman. New York.) - Paris. 1848 (1928). FACSIMILE EDITION. One of 50 copies printed. 12mo. (7.5 x 5.3 inches). [1] - 143pp, plus 16pp publishers advertisements. Black cloth with blind ruled lines and gilt lettering to the spine. Both boards with triple ruled line borders and decorative circular device to the centre, all in blind. Complete with the facsimile bookplate of noted American book collector Stephen H. Wakeman, the sixth owner, after Poe, of the original book, on the front pastedown endpaper. A fine copy of this rare facsimile of the Author's own annotated copy of the last work published in Poe's lifetime, and one he considered his finest. This facsimile was created in 1928 while the book was owned by Florence Meyer Blumenthal, the 8th owner of the original annotated book, after Poe himself. "A beautiful and remarkably faithful facsimile of this copy was made in 1928 in Paris, in an edition of 50 copies. It is occasionally mistaken for the original" - Edgar Allan Poe Society of… Read More
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$3,776.70