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Reference Autographs & Signatures

The authenticity of signed books and signatures in particular is the number one element of the trust a reputable seller of autographed books is hoping to establish and maintain with their customer.

We are proud to offer the tabled author signatures, obtained in controlled environments*, to assist in the authentication process of signed books:

Name - Autograph Date Available Books** Name - Autograph Date Available Books**
Ackroyd, Peter 1992 click here Lurie, Alison 1984 click here
Adams, Ansel 1980 click here Mackay, Harvey B. 1990 click here
Adler, Warren 1985 click here Mailer, Norman 1979 click here
Angelou, Maya 1986 click here Mandela, Nelson 1994 click here
Asimov, Isaac 1989 click here McCain, John 2003 click here
Auchincloss, Louis 1986 click here McCarthy, Mary 1981 click here
Baird, Archie 1999 click here McEwan, Ian 2001 click here
Baldwin, James 1978 click here Miller, Arthur 1964 click here
Barth, John 1980 click here Mondavi, Robert 1998 click here
Basbanes, Nicholas A. 1995 click here Morris, Jan 1989 click here
Bellow, Saul 1979 click here Morris, Wright 1985 click here
Binchy, Maeve 1992 click here Morrison, Toni 1992 click here
Bourjaily, Vance 1986 click here Mortimer, John 1988 click here
Bradbury, Ray 1985 click here Nixon, Richard 1980 click here
Buckley, William F. Jr. 1984 click here O'Brien, Edna 1984 click here
Burgess, Anthony 1987 click here Oates, Joyce Carol 1998 click here
Caldwell, Erskine 1979 click here Paton, Alan 1978 click here
Capote, Truman 1979 click here Percy, Walker 1980 click here
Carter, Jimmy 2001 click here Pinter, Harold 1971 click here
Carver, Raymond 1988 click here Pirsig, Robert 2000 click here
Catton, Bruce 1980 click here Plimpton, George 1987 click here
Chatwin, Bruce 1987 click here Potok, Chaim 1990 click here
Clinton, Hillary Rodham 2003 click here Powell, Colin 1995 click here
Condon, Richard 1992 click here Rackham, Arthur 1909 click here
Cooke, Alistair 1986 click here Rice, Anne 1998 click here
Crichton, Michael 1988 click here Roth, Philip 1969 click here
de Beauvoir, Simone 1979 click here Salisbury, Harrison Evans 1985 click here
De Hartog, Jan 1989 click here Sartre, Jean-Paul 1978 click here
Didion, Joan 1981 click here Schieffer, Bob 2003 click here
Dole, Bob 1998 click here Schlesinger, Arthur 1979 click here
Donleavy, J.P. 1978 click here Settle, Mary Lee 1989 click here
Drake, Monica 2006 click here Shaara, Jeff 2004 click here
Drury, Allen 1973 click here Shaddox, Diann 2014 click here
Dunne, John Gregory 1987 click here Shaw, Irwin 1979 click here
Durrell, Lawrence 1980 click here Silverstein, Shel 1991 click here
Eco, Umberto 1989 click here Singer, Isaac Bashevis 1980 click here
Erwitt, Elliott 2008 click here Smith, Martin Cruz 1989 click here
Evanovich, Janet 2004 click here Snow, C.P. 1981 click here
Farrell, James T. 1979 click here Spark, Muriel 1984 click here
Fleischer, Ari 2005 click here Sparks, Nicholas 2005 click here
Fleming, Ian 1963 click here Spender, Stephen 1985 click here
Ford, Gerald R. 1984 click here Spillane, Mickey 1989 click here
Fowles, John 1979 click here Spock, Dr. Benjamin and Mary Morgan 1990 click here
Funke, Cornelia 2003 click here Starzl, Thomas 1992 click here
Gaines, Ernest J. 1998 click here Stegner, Wallace 1978 click here
Godwin, Gail 1984 click here Stone, Irving 1981 click here
Grafton, Sue 1998 click here Styron, William 1999 click here
Grau, Shirley Ann 1986 click here Talese, Gay 1992 click here
Green, Gerald 1978 click here Theroux, Paul 1986 click here
Hamilton, Jane 1998 click here Thompson, Kay 1995 click here
Heller, Joseph 1978 click here Toland, John 1985 click here
Hemingway, Ernest 1929 click here Tutu, Desmond 2004 click here
Hersey, John 1960 click here Twain, Mark 1880 click here
Hillary, Edmund 1960 click here Tyler, Anne 1988 click here
Hoffman, Alice 1990 click here Updike, John 1998 click here
Holzer, Harald 2008 click here Uris, Leon 1977 click here
Ignatius, David 1991 click here Van Sandwyk, Charles 2008 click here
Irving, John 1998 click here Vidal, Gore 1987 click here
James, P. D. 1990 click here Vonnegut, Kurt 1978 click here
Kasparov, Garry 2008 click here Warren, Robert Penn 1981 click here
Keillor, Garrison 1989 click here Welty, Eudora 1980 click here
Keller, Thomas 2008 click here West, Morris 1980 click here
Keneally, Thomas 2002 click here White, Theodore H. 1980 click here
Kidder, Tracy 1989 click here Wiesel, Elie 1985 click here
Knight, Hilary 1999 click here Wilder, Gene 2005 click here
Koestler, Arthur 1978 click here Williams, Tennessee 1980 click here
Koontz, Dean 1994 click here Wolfe, Tom 2000 click here
Lash, Joseph P. 1984 click here Wouk, Herman 1977 click here
Ludlum, Robert 1986 click here      

* In this Reference Autographs and Signatures section only those signatures are displayed that were obtained in controlled environments from authors and illustrators in our focus areas, only this way we can come as close as possible to a reference signature you might consult for authentication or comparison.

Autographs obtained in controlled environments, i.e., in person or directly from the author's agents or publishers or from agents of Books Tell You Why at non-public signing events or issued by the publisher as signed (often limited) editions are the preferred sources of signed books.

Where this is not possible, e.g., for signed out-of-print trade editions from deceased writers, intensive analysis and comparison of autographs with other items signed by the author and/or additional hand-written documentation reputable sellers only select those items into their portfolio for which we they can confidently issue a life-long guarantee of authenticity.

While mostly maintaining their key characteristics, handwriting and signatures change and develop over time. Autographs provided in signing events can be rushed and can show substantial differences compared with the individual's signature.

While we guarantee the authenticity of ALL of our signed books, the usage of signatures obtained in non-controlled environments as a sole source for authentication is not recommended, as a consequence those signatures are not included in our reference section.

**Available books displayed when clicking above links might also be in un-signed condition