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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.



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

$22,500.00


MR. PRESIDENT. THE FIRST PUBLICATION FROM THE PERSONAL DIARIES, PRIVATE LETTERS PAPERS AND REVEALING INTERVIEWS OF HARRY TRUMAN by (TRUMAN, Harry) HILLMAN, William

New York: Farrar, Straus & Young, (1952). First Edition. Hardcover. Minor rubbing to the spine tips of the book. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Outstanding association. Quarto (8" x 11") bound in full blue synthetic leather with gilt lettering on th...

From Charles Agvent

$18,750.00


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 soiling to edges, a trace of foxing to endsheets, but a very good copy. Half morocco slipcase. First British edition. An important ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$17,500.00


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. Gift inscription (to Emily Vine from her mother dated 1857 on title of each volume); extremities, raised bands and edges rubbed...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$17,500.00


POEMS BY... by Johnson, Lionel

London & Boston: Elkin Mathews & Copeland & Day, 1895. Original polished brown buckram, spine stamped in gilt, title printed in black and red. Corners a bit bumped, crown of spine frayed, cloth a bit rubbed, otherwise a very good copy. First edition of t...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$13,500.00


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, otherwise a fine copy in lightly frayed and smudged (but very scarce) dust jacket. Slipcase. From the collection of Frederick B. Adam...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$10,000.00


Les Rois En Exil. Roman Parisien; together with Les Femmes D'Artistes ( ASSOCIATION COPIES) ) by Daudet, Alphonse

Paris: E. Dentu and Alphonse Lemerre , 1879. "Les Femmes D'Artistes" , Alphonse Lemerre, Paris, 1874 and "Les Rois En Exil. Roman Parisien", E Dentu, Paris, 1879, both books SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at 3rd front end page and...

From Dale Steffey Books

$12,500.00


VIRGINIBUS PUERISQUE AND OTHER PAPERS by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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

$6,500.00


THIS TROUBLED WORLD by ROOSEVELT, Eleanor

New York: H. C. Kinsey & Company, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. Joints and gutters of book darkened but a superior copy in both condition and association. Near Fine in a close to Fine dustwrapper. A small, slim clothbound volume of 47 pages. Roosevelt...

From Charles Agvent

$6,250.00


Bildhuggarens Dotter (Sculptor's Daughter) by Jansson, Tove

First Printing. Although not marked as such on the wrapper or covers, almost certainly an Advance Reading Copy of the true first edition of Tove Jansson's Sculptor's Daughter. Softcover, pp. 146(7), index, plain white card covers in dustjacket which is fi...

From Northern Lights Rare Books

£4,000.00


ELGAR HIS LIFE AND WORKS. SIGNED BY ELGAR. AND OTHERS. by MAINE, Basil. UNIQUE COPY:

London, G. Bell & Sons Ltd, 1933.. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION 1933, 2 VOLUMES IN ONE. 20 COPIES ONLY, OF WHICH THIS IS COPY NO 11. SIGNED BY SIR EDWARD ELGAR, BASIL MAINE, ADRIAN C. BOULT, W. H. REED AND SIR LANDON RONALDS. SIGNATURE OF THE AUTHOR (pasted i...

From Roger Middleton

£3,950.00


ALBUM VERSES, WITH A FEW OTHERS by [Wordsworth, William]: Lamb, Charles

London: Edward Moxon, 1830. vii,[1],150,[1]pp. Small octavo. Full olive green straight-grain morocco, gilt extra, a.e.g., by Tuckett, "Binder to the Queen." Pictorial vignette on title. Some occasional modest foxing, joints and extremities rubbed, with s...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$5,500.00


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

$5,500.00


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 dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with mino...

From Peter Harrington

£3,750.00


The Nature of the Judicial Process, First Edition, Cardozo's Copy by Cardozo, Benjamin N

1921. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921.. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921. Cardozo's Copy of His Most Influential Work Cardozo, Benjamin N. [1870-1938]. The Nature of the Judicial Process. New Haven: Yale University Press, [1921]. 180 pp. Ori...

From The Lawbook Exchange Ltd

$5,000.00


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