Association Book Collection

A. H. Reed, like other bibliophiles, was interested in the lives of books: where they came from, and who owned them.

In pursuing this interest, Reed amassed a collection of books with inscriptions by their authors, or volumes that showed previous ownership by such writers as Charles Lamb, Anthony Trollope and explorer Sir John Ross.

If Reed happened to own an original letter by a particular person, he occasionally purchased one of their books to accompany the letter.

Reed’s donations and later purchases provided the Library with a collection of association books that today numbers more than 1,000 volumes.