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Rare Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

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

$35,000.00


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

$15,000.00


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 unknown number of Author Presentation Proofs, this copy Inscribed to legendary bookseller John Scopazzi ("Dear John Scopaz...

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman

$7,500.00


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

$7,500.00


Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck, John

first edition. NY, Covici Friede, 1935, first edition, first printing, wrappers. Softcover. The dust jacket is glued at the spine and then wrapped around the book, these wrappered copies were issued in advance of the hardcover, probably for review and/or...

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman

$5,000.00


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

$4,500.00


Mason and Dixon [The Blue Proof Copy, Preceding the Beige ARC] by PYNCHON, Thomas

NY: Henry Holt. (1997). The uncorrected proof copy in plain blue wrappers (not to be confused with the more common advance reading copy in beige wrappers). This is the second issue uncorrected proof, distinguished from the first issue by virtue of a tippe...

From Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA

$3,500.00


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

$1,800.00


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 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

$1,750.00


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 joints, modest smudging, else a good copy in the presumed later form of the proof dust jacket, which is oversized and consequently a...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$1,400.00


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

$1,200.00


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

$850.00


LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE by Harrison, Jim

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

$800.00


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

$750.00


La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts by Arnoult, Léon

Léon Arnoult: La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts. Les phases ornamentales de la mode (The variability of taste in the arts. The ornamental phases of fashion). Printed and published by Devambez "À l'enseigne du masque d'Or". Paris, 1921. ARNOULT Léon...

From Zikorn

$599.00


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