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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.

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 uncorrected galley proof, bound in plain, unprinted tannish wrappers, printed on rectos only, a very scarce advanced state of this minor,…

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman


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 Steinbeck than this masterpiece which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and which was the source for the film version directed b…

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman


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 untrimmed. Bindings faintly spotted and edgeworn, toe of first spine badly snagged (2 cm, with no loss), some marginal smudges and…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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

New York: Dial Press, 1967. Softcover. Near Fine. Uncorrected galley proofs. Bradbound sheets printed rectos only on proofing paper. A little wear on the first and last pages, else near fine. A combination utopia/dystopia where the inhabitants live live…

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA


A Question of Upbringing - PROOF COPY [A Dance to the Music of Time] - housed in a bespoke solander / clamshell box. by POWELL, Anthony

Heinemann, 1950. Proof Copy. Softcover. VG++. Ultra rare proof copy. 124 x 185cm, 230pp. Publisher's original buff paper wraps with titles and "PROOF COPY" to the front cover and titles and publisher's windmill device to the spine, 230pp. The wraps h…

From Rainford and Parris Books - PBFA


The Millennium Trilogy + Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo + Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire SIGNED by the translator + Advance Reading Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [6 vols] by LARSSON, Stieg

Maclehose Press/Quercus, 2008. 1st Edition. F/F. The Millennium Trilogy all first edition, first printing hardcovers with publisher's number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, all in at least near fine condition. Uncorrected Proof Copies of The Girl with th…

From Rainford and Parris Books - PBFA


North by Heaney, Seamus

London: Faber and Faber, 1975. Uncorrected Proof. Very Good. Advance uncorrected proof of the first British edition. Bound in publisher's blue wraps printed in black with review slip laid in. From the library of Irish writer Francis Stuart, with present…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


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. White printed wrappers. Very fine. A beautiful copy and rare signed. Note: This is the uncorrected proof and should not be c…

From Orpheus Books



New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., 1931. Three volumes. Small quarto. Plain brown wrappers, titled in manuscript. Slight tanning and use at edges, one corner slightly chipped, small nicks at spine crowns, else very nice. Uncorrected original page proofs …

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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, tiny corner chip, short split at toe of one joint, just a good copy. Advance reading copy of the first edition, denoted a "Proo…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Giving Birth - Advance Uncorrected Proof by Atwood, Margaret

McClelland & Stewart. 1st Edition. Soft cover. As New. Advance Uncorrected Proof of the story ""Giving Birth,"" from Dancing Girls. Given out at publisher party pre-publication (1977).…

From Jake's Place Books


Ariel: Poems by Plath, Sylvia

New York: Harper & Row, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. Review copy, with publisher's slip loosely laid in. Near Fine, in a Very Good dust jacket with price intact. Light strip of sunning to to edge of c…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA



New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1979. A typed manuscript, there were reportedly only 20 copies printed and of REVENGE only - not the other two novellas. It was given to the publisher's representatives at a meeting in 1979 and PRECEDES ALL…

From Dale Steffey Books


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 Horton, these tales are Steinbeck's attempt to render Malory "into modern English," the importance to Steinbeck a…

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman


THE RESCUERS. With drawings by Judith Brook by SHARP. MARGERY

Collins. London. 1959. PROOF COPY OF FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.5 inches). Illustrated throughout with charming line drawings by Judith Brook, including both sets of endpapers. A very good clean copy in publishers blue marbled paper wraps. In the origi…

From Paul Foster Books


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