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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.


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Years of Lyndon Johnson [Complete set published to date: Volumes 1 - 4] by CARO, Robert A

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. A near-fine set, with very modest signs of shelfwear, in crisp, bright jackets, with some minor spotting to sheet edges of first two volumes. Four volumes. 8vo. Original cloth; dust jackets. FIRST EDITION. A SUPERB ASSOC...

From Riverrun Books & Manuscripts


The Will To Believe, And Other Essays In Popular Philosophy (Inscribed By Henry James) by James, William (Inscribed By Henry James To Mrs. Muir-Mackenzie)

New York / London / Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1897. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8 5/8" Tall. Xvii, 332 Pp. Green Cloth, Top Edge Gilt, Deckled Edges, Paper Spine Label. First Printing, 1897 Date On Title P...

From Arroyo Seco 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


Remarks on the Constitution and Practice of Courts Martial, With a.. by Stuart, J.E.B.; Simmons, Thomas Frederick

1852. London: Parker, Furnivall, And Parker, 1852. London: Parker, Furnivall, And Parker, 1852. Treatise on Courts Martial Owned by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart [Stuart, J.E.B. (1833-1864)]. Simmons, Thomas Frederick. Remarks on the Constitution and...

From The Lawbook Exchange Ltd



London, Cassell & Company 1885.. `FIRST EDITION THIRD ISSUE 1885. WITH A SIGNED 2 PAGE LETTER IN OLD INK TO A YOUNG READER, LETTER HEADED 69 GUNTERSTONE ROAD, WEST KENSINGTON, 28 Jan.ry, " Dear Miss Chaplin, Messrs Cassell have forwarded me your letter i...

From Roger Middleton


A Scientific and Practical Treatise on American Football for Schools and Colleges by Stagg, Amos Alonzo and Henry L. Williams

Hartford, Conn: Press of the Lock, Case and Brainerd Company, 1893. First edition. Blue cloth, 12mo. Near Fine. Very slightly rubbed at spine ends; minor bubbling of cloth on back. Cartouche and spine lettering bright. No previous owner's signatures. A ...

From Blue Whale Books, ABAA


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