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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.

Life's Picture History Of World War II by Tourtellot, Arthur B.; Sherrod, Robert Lee; Brennan, Francis

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 rub...

From Ageless Pages


Ellison Wonderland by Ellison, Harlan

A Bluejay Special Edition. Paperback. 8vo. 195 pp. VG in wraps. **ASSOCIATION COPY**. SIGNED on title page by AUTHOR and includes INSCRIPTION to long-time friend and fellow author Joe Hensley: "As always, with love + chum-ness, to Joe." Minor bumping to h...

From Village Lights Bookstore


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


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


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



London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892. Parchment and boards, wallet fore-edges, t.e.g., fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Frontis by J.T. Nettleship. Extremities worn, corners bruised, some small surface paper chips, spine darkened, bookseller's description affix...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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



London: Chatto & Windus, 1887. Small octavo. Original polished brick-red buckram, t.e.g., others untrimmed. From the collection of Arthur H. Houghton, with his book label on front pastedown. Cloth evidently treated at an early date with some sort of shel...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by Stevenson, Robert Louis

London: Longman's Green, and Co., 1885. Small octavo. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt, bevelled edges, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Binding darkened and worn, with chipping to spine ends, old (and now elapsed) repairs to inner hinges between endsheets and text...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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 Confessions of Nat Turner. by STYRON, William

New York: Random House,, 1967. INSCRIBED TO LEONARD BERNSTEIN Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front board in gilt, silver, and orange, brown endpapers, top edge dyed red. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with ...

From Peter Harrington


Vivid Spain by Chapple, Joe Mitchell

Boston: Chapple Publishing Co., Limited, 1926. Very Good, top edge gilt, vertical impression rear board, light edgewear, no dustjacket. With 30 original tissue-covered etchings and drawings by Levon West, and numerous photographs. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ...

From Dale Steffey Books


SATORI IN PARIS (The Dharma Bums) by Kerouac, Jack

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. M...

From Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA


The Basketball Diaries (Association Copy) by Carroll, Jim; [Berrigan, Ted; Notley, Alice]

Bolinas, CA: Tombouctou, 1978. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. A fantastic association copy, signed by Jim Carrol, inscribed to poets Ted Berrigan and his wife Alice Notley on the half-title page, "To Ted + Alice, 'I...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA



John Lane The Bodley Head. London. 1921. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Inscribed presentation copy from Vita Sackville-West's mother to the Aviator Amy Johnson on the front free endpaper; "To Miss Any Johnson from the mother of "Ad Astra", page 59. With all admira...

From Paul Foster Books


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