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Rare Association Copies Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

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.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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, mi…

From Books of Wonder


It Costs to Be President - ASSOCIATION COPY by Stoddard, Henry L

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.…

From Dale Steffey Books


THE EYE IN THE TRIANGLE. An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley. Inscribed by Regardie, Israel. [Aleister Crowley]

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,…

From TBCL The Book Collector's Library


The Innocents Abroad - or - The New Pilgrims' Progress by Twain, Mark

Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1870. Though bearing prior owners' notations, it is worthwhile to note that the stamp at the first (blank) page is that of Cassius M. Clay, then of Mexico, Missouri, prior to his career as an abolitionist and sta…

From The Haunted Bookshop, LLC


The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, together with the Apocrypha: Translated Out of the Original Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, with A Brief Concordance [Authorised/KJV version] by [Bibles - King James]

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 …

From St. Wulfstans Books


SANCTUARY by Faulkner, William

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 h…

From Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA


Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition , with Important Three Page ALS by Leland, Charles Godfrey

London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892. The First Trade Edition, there was also a limited edition of 100 copies. Very Good in the original salmon cloth with black decorations to boards; title in red on front and spine, Unwin monogram likewise on rear. Color fronti…

From Dale Steffey Books



Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1844. Original pale green cloth, decorated in blind. Spine ends chipped and repaired at crown, shallow loss at crown and toe, text block a bit tanned at edges, shallow chips at fore-edge of front free endsheet, otherwise…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


on Hamlet by de Madariaga, Salvador [ Tolkien signed ]

London: Hollis & Carter, 1948 8vo cloth pp130 bibliography VG+/VG- English language literary criticism by the Spanish author. Signed inside front by John F. R. Tolkien, eldest son of J. R. R. Tolkien. Fr John Tolkien was at that time a 30 years ol…

From Brogden Books


The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Signed by Miep Gies) by Frank, Anne; Otto H. Frank & Mirjam Pressler (Eds.)

Doubleday, New York, 1995. Seventh printing. Hardcover. Fine Condition/Near Fine. Signed by person(s) connected with book. An association copy signed by Miep Gies, who worked for Otto Frank and helped provide supplies to the Frank family while they w…

From Quaint Book Shop, IOBA


Red Shoes by Kenn Duncan ( SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Mackie, Mary Frann, Joseph Wambaugh, and others)

New York: Universe Books, 1984. A wonderful ASSOCIATION COPY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by a treasure trove of Hollywood and Broadway actors, dancers, singers, fashion designers and authors, from the library of Thommie Walsh, Tony Award-winning choreographer, …

From Dale Steffey Books


The Power of Truth by Jordan, William George

Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co. And Heber J. Grant TYPED LETTER SIGNED by Heber J. Grant, then President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (on his church stationery), tipped in at front endpage and dated April 14, 1939 -"Mr. Will H.…

From Dale Steffey Books


ANCIENT SOCIETY; or, Researches In the Lines of Human Progress From Savagery, Through Barbarism to Civilization by Morgan, Lewis Henry

New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1877. First Edition. Cloth. Good +. SIGNED by the Author & 13 of his colleagues. 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 import…

From Borg Antiquarian


Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf ( Important Association Copy in Year of Publication ) by Riefenstahl, Leni

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 19…

From Dale Steffey Books


Health and Wealth (Association Copy) by Hubbard, Elbert

East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1908. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on front end page - "To Edward Jose A great artist with the high regard of his friend Elbert Hubbard". Edward Jose was a Hollywood actor and director, best known for starrin…

From Dale Steffey Books


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