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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



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


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, ABAA


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

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 toni…

From Respublica Books LLC


(Presentation Copy) Historical and Statistical Information, Reflecting the History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States . Parts I, III, and IV by Schoolcraft, Henry R.(owe) (1793-1864)

Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 1851. "Collected and prepared under the direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, per Act of Congress of March 3d, 1847." Presentation Copies of Parts I, III, and IV only, each part a First Editi…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA



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


(ASSOCIATION COPY) Abel Sanchez. Una Historia de Pasion by Unamuno, Miguel de

Madrid : Renacimiento, 1917. RARE. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at title page to Fernando Orrego (Puelma) and dated by author in year of publication (1917). Miguel de Unamuno's most famous novel, his re-telling of the story of Cain and Abel set in…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


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, ABAA


The Confessions of Nat Turner. by STYRON, William

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, Decem…

From Peter Harrington


The Sonnets of William Shakespeare by Shakespeare, William; Wood Engravings by Mary Kuper

Los Angeles: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge Booksellers,, 1974. #105 of 120 copies printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at The Plantin Press, Los Angeles, completed April 1974. "The entire edition subscribed for by Jacob Israel Zeitlin & Josephine ver B…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


Trattato di Sociologia Generale [The Mind and Society] by Pareto, Vilfredo [Enrico Barone]

Florence: G. Barbéra, 1916. First edition, first impression (in Italian). Octavo, two volumes. Original paper wrappers printed in black, partially unopened. Front joint of volume one repaired; closed tear to front wrapper of volume two, and repaired ver…

From Respublica Books LLC


Important Collection of Robert K. Merton Books and Offprints SIGNED AND INSCRIBED to a Colleague and Friend by Robert K. Merton ( 1910-2003 )

1946-1998: Various Publishers An important collection of 14 separately titled items, 7 books and 7 offprints, spanning the years 1946-1998, all SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Robert K. Merton (RKM) to his former student, friend, colleague and noted sociologist …

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


EUREKA. A Prose poem. -- Poe's own copy, heavily annotated in his own hand. by POE. EDGAR ALLAN

( 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 w…

From Paul Foster Books


A Widow for One Year (SIGNED, Cook Neilson Assoc.) by Irving, John

Amsterdam: Anthos, 1998. Signed first edition of rare English language Dutch edition of Irving's novel. Precedes the release of the US and UK editions. Signed presentation to motorcycle legend Cook Neilson, who took the photo of Irving that was used o…

From The Wild Muse


Autograph letter signed "H. Berlioz," possibly to Georges Hainl, conductor of the Paris Opéra by BERLIOZ, Hector 1803-1869

2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated ca. late October 1864-1865. In French (with translation). An important letter in which Berlioz includes information for the first playbill of a projected concert performance of excerpts from his grand opera, Les Troye…

From J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC


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