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Rare Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies Books


Cannery Row

Cannery Row by Steinbeck, John

first edition. n.p. (NY), n.p. (The Viking Press), n.d. (1944), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrecte...

$25,000.00
The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, John

first edition. NY, Viking, 1939, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. No book is more identified with John St...

$15,000.00
HILLINGDON HALL; OR, THE COCKNEY SQUIRE; A TALE OF COUNTRY LIFE. By The Author of "Handley Cross."

HILLINGDON HALL; OR, THE COCKNEY SQUIRE; A TALE OF COUNTRY LIFE. By The Author of "Handley Cross." by [Surtees, Robert Smith]

London: Henry Colburn, 1845. Three volumes. Original forest green cloth, decorated in blind, spines lettered in gilt, edges unt...

$7,500.00
The Short Reign of Pippin IV

The Short Reign of Pippin IV by Steinbeck, John

first edition. n.p. (NY), n.p. (Viking Press), n.d. (April 1957), first edition, spiral-bound wrappers. Softcover. No. 4 of an ...

$7,500.00
Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck, John

first edition. NY, Covici Friede, 1935, first edition, first printing, wrappers. Softcover. The dust jacket is glued at the spi...

$5,000.00
Logan's Run

Logan's Run by NOLAN, William F. and George Clayton Johnson

New York: Dial Press, 1967. Near Fine. Uncorrected galley proofs. Bradbound sheets printed rectos only on proofing paper. A li...

$4,500.00
The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook.

The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook. by PAMUK, Orhan

New York: George Braziller, 1991. Signed by the Nobel laureate author. First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof....

$1,800.00
A TRILOGY  MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA

A TRILOGY MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA by O'Neill, Eugene

New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., 1931. Three volumes. Small quarto. Plain brown wrappers, titled in manuscript. Slight tannin...

$1,750.00
The Scarlatti Inheritance

The Scarlatti Inheritance by Ludlum, Robert

New York: World Publishing Co., Country Press., 1971 Uncorrected Galley Proofs for the First Edition. Author's first Novel. ...

$1,750.00
THE COLLECTOR

THE COLLECTOR by Fowles, John

London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. Printed house logo wrappers. Spine rolled from reading, with short splits at the toes of the joint...

$1,400.00
THE COMING FORTH BY DAY OF OSIRIS JONES

THE COMING FORTH BY DAY OF OSIRIS JONES by Aiken, Conrad

New York: Scribner, 1931. Original long galleys, folded as issued. Very good. The author's original working set of long galleys...

$1,250.00
THE LAST GENTLEMAN

THE LAST GENTLEMAN by Percy, Walker

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. Narrow quarto. Plastic comb bound printed wrappers, with authorship ascription on upp...

$1,250.00
Ariel: Poems

Ariel: Poems by Plath, Sylvia

New York: Harper & Row, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. Review copy, with publis...

$1,200.00
UNDER THE VOLCANO

UNDER THE VOLCANO by Lowry, Malcolm

New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947. Drab wrappers, printed in black. Some use, creases and short tears at wrapper fore- edges, ...

$1,200.00
The Acts of King Arthur And His Noble Knights

The Acts of King Arthur And His Noble Knights by Steinbeck, John

NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Advance copy, an uncorrected proof, edited by Chase ...

$750.00



Unlike first editions, proofs and advanced review copies of books were not printed to be consumed publicly. Proofs and advance review copies are printed for publishers, reviewers, and select magazines and bookstores as sneak previews of soon to be available books. Proofs and advance review copies may be different than the finished product, and the level of difference varies greatly. Some differences are minor and grammatical, while other proofs and advance reading copies have entire paragraphs or pages included that are edited out before the first official printing.

Even though book galleys are also early printed versions of books before they are widely released, galleys sometimes serve a slightly different purpose than proofs and advance reading copies. The typeset is determined and it has usually been proofed by an editor, but galleys are often used as the final proofreading copy for the author.

By their nature, proofs, advance review copies, and galleys are quite scarce, so if they are copies of successful titles, they are often considered to be highly collectible and valuable. They are great additions to personal rare book collections, and they can tremendous diversity and insight to the collection.

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