Inscriptions, or any reader writing for that matter, make the book priceless. Without them, jeez. Max would have never met Ms. Cross.
The coolest things I've ever found were a long short story (I hope) that involved the character being raped in her sleep, that was both a highly-charged erotic description and an outpouring of rage; and a long inscription by the author, historian Bernard De Voto, to a young woman, consisting of effusive praise of her abilities and future, in one of his novels (which are not good novels, but hey, it was a buck).
I have a friend who frequently receives books as gifts - often the same books (he's one of these lucky people for whom other people constantly feel compelled to give gifts - that in itself has always cracked me up) and he always said he'd wish people would stop inscribing them so he could re-gift. (i think this was after he'd received his 7th copy of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE) Now when I give him a book I think he might enjoy I inscribe it, BUT on a removable post it note, which I happily inscribed was so he could easily regift. I started it mostly as a joke, but now everyone who knows him gives him books with post it inscriptions!
I tend to be a fan of inscribed used books, but a post it is another option.
I love the Suicide Guidebook inscription on the Book Inscriptions Project site:
on a similar note, here's another collection:
I contributed item 17.
haha, the a-team! no way. they're early 20 something grosso oi punks who regularly piss me off by starting fights at nearly every party i go to.
i bought a (ghastly, terrible) rod mccuen book at a thrift store only because of the flowery handwriting in the inside cover that said "thank you for YOU."
Rod McKuen is not ghastly and terrible. He is ghastly and MAGNIFICENT. You should hear his record albums.
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