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Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies

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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The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook.
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The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook.

by PAMUK, Orhan

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As New
Edition
First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof.
Binding
Paperback
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Edmonds, Washington
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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 confused with the hardcover edition. Very few proofs were produced which makes this a highly desirable collector's item. Pamuk was the 2006 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE
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LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE

by Harrison, Jim

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Used - About Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Bloomington, Indiana
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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 BOUND GALLEYS. Page 14 is omitted, an error by Harrison when he typed the final version. This was a typing error only, the novella is complete. About Fine, one short edge tear to margin of last page, and similarly to title page.117 unbound pages. A unique and premium item of one of America's finest authors. Exceedingly SCARCE.. First Edition. Unbound. About Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8 1/2" x 11". Typed Manuscript.
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Logan's Run

Logan's Run

by NOLAN, William F. and George Clayton Johnson

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  • near fine
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Used - Near Fine
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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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 lives of nonstop pleasure until they are disposed of at age 21, a policy we once endorsed, but which we have long since reassessed. Basis for an interesting film with Michael York, Jenny Agutter, and Farrah Fawcett. A rare issue of an increasingly uncommon title.
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The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath.

by Steinbeck, John.

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Used
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Hardcover
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Concord, California
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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 by John Ford that starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and which won Jane Darwell an Academy Award for her portrayal of Ma Joad, the book was also the source for the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, one of the true high spots of 20th Century literature, jacket designed by Elmer Hader, this is an incredibly scarce Review Copy with review slip from Viking, this is the only review copy seen by this bookseller in more than 50+ years of being involved in all things Steinbeck, see Goldstone & Payne A12a, see Morrow 107. Fine in a jacket with a couple of small tape ghosts from where the review slip was previously affixed, jacket is otherwise clean, bright, and fine.
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The Acts of King Arthur And His Noble Knights.

The Acts of King Arthur And His Noble Knights.

by Steinbeck, John.

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Used
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Paperback
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Concord, California
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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 and his literature of the Morte d'Arthur cannot be over-stated, as he writes in his introduction, "I think my sense of right and wrong...and any thought I may have had against the oppressor and for the oppressed, came from this book," this copy is especially important because it was one of two copies sent to novelist John Gardner, author of such novels as Grendel and The Resurrection, Gardner also wrote The Complete Works of the Gawain Poet, The Alliterative Morte Arthure, and other "olde English" books, this copy was sent to Gardner by the New York Times in order to write a review which the Times published, laid in loosely is the slip from the Times asking for an 800-word review, this was originally obtained from Susan Thornton who was Gardner's fiance at the time of… Read More
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Cannery Row.
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Cannery Row.

by Steinbeck, John.

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Used
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Paperback
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Concord, California
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NZ$62,441.92
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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, or not so minor, Steinbeck masterpiece whose themes of death and loneliness are masked by its surface layer of humor, all the more rare in that this is an Author Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Steinbeck to the best man at his second marriage, Howard O. Hunter, who was the Works Progress Administration (WPA) commissioner in the early 1940s under the FDR administration, Steinbeck and his second wife, Gwen Conger, were married March 29, 1943, just 11 days after receiving his final divorce decree from his first wife, Carol, Steinbeck has Inscribed the first preliminary as follows, "For Howard/who really/belongs in/Cannery Row/John Steinbeck/last night in New York 1944," this galley lacks all the preliminaries found in the 1945 published version such as half titles,… Read More
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Ariel: Poems
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Ariel: Poems

by Plath, Sylvia

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Portland, Oregon
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NZ$1,444.24
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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 cloth, mainly at spine. The dust jacket shows toning and soiling. The review slip shows a small strip of toning to the top edge and light curve at the left edge. A very lovely copy, rare with publisher's review slip laid in.
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Poems (Two) 1925 Simultaneous [Signed, Typed Manuscript Poem]
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Poems (Two) 1925 Simultaneous [Signed, Typed Manuscript Poem]

by Cunard, Nancy

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  • Fine
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Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Las Vegas , Nevada
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London: The Aquilla Press, 1930 Original typed Manuscript, Signed by Nancy Cunard, with 5 corrections. First appeared in print under the title, "Poems (Two) 1925"; published 1930 by The Aquilla Press. Three loose 8vo sheets, previously stapled. Three of the corrections are minor but one alters the original 40th line from "Cools at the still, yeasts raise his auburn flour" to Yeast raising auburn flour." In line 47 Cunard corrects the spelling of the word, "orgu[e]illeux" by adding the e, but it never made it into the published work. Signed in pencil, "Nancy Cunard 1925'" at the bottom of the poem. Age toning, paper-clip ghost, minimal wear, else in fine condition.
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North
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North

by Heaney, Seamus

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  • very good
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Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Uncorrected Proof
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Portland, Oregon
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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 presentation inscription on the half-title from Ted Hickey reading, "For Francis Stuart from Ted Hickey 18 June 1975," five days prior to the publication date according to the penciled notation on the review slip. A further inscription in another hand reads, "Ted Hickey, Belfast. 26 March 1975." Hickey was Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum when he commissioned a portrait of Seamus Heaney to be painted by Edward McGuire, which would be used on the rear cover of the dust jacket of the first edition. Very Good, spine toned and with two tiny droplet stains, a bit of wear to wraps. Corners bumped. A scarce, advance format of an early work by Seamus Heaney, with a nice association.
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Giving Birth - Advance Uncorrected Proof
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Giving Birth - Advance Uncorrected Proof

by Atwood, Margaret

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As New
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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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).
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A Question of Upbringing - PROOF COPY [A Dance to the Music of Time] - housed in a bespoke...
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A Question of Upbringing - PROOF COPY [A Dance to the Music of Time] - housed in a bespoke solander / clamshell box.

by POWELL, Anthony

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  • Paperback
Condition
Used - VG++
Edition
Proof Copy
Binding
Paperback
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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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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 have been printed on the verso of an unused illustration from a previous Heinemann book, Dog Days by K F Barker, so that parts of a bull terrier in full colour can be seen on the inside of the covers. The verso of the title page states "First Published 1950 - there is a pencil note on the front cover "Sept 30/[19?]50" - though the First Edition was not published until 22nd January 1951 in an edition of 7,500 copies. It is housed in a bespoke, black cloth solander (clamshell) box with gilt titles and lined with marbled paper. There are a few very light marks on the front cover, a very small 3 x 2mm chip near the top of its fore edge, a 3mm open tear at the top of the upper joint and one of 1cm at the foot of the same. The back cover has a toned… Read More
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The Millennium Trilogy + Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo + Uncorrected...
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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

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Used - F/F
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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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 the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire (SIGNED by the translator) and an Advance Reading Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Uncorrected Proof of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has publisher's original blue card covers with white titles and publisher's device to upper cover, white titles to spine and white printing to lower cover. Lower cover states 'This is an uncorrected proof copy and is not for sale.' There are a couple of very minor creases to the spine and a small creased, circular orange sticker (7mm diameter) which someone has tried to remove at some point. There is some barely significant rubbing to the spine edges in places and an 8mm closed tear together with a small crease form the fore edge of the upper cover.… Read More
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OUR GAME - Proof Copy, Signed
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OUR GAME - Proof Copy, Signed

by Le Carre, John

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Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Sastamala, Finland
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London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. 1st Edition . Soft cover. Fine. First Printing. An Uncorrected Proof Copy, precedes all other editions. Softcover format with printed wrappers, the front cover featuring a photograph-portrait of the author. Presents as an unread copy with no reading creases to the spine, tight and square. Trivial creases to the corners but a Fine copy indeed and SIGNED directly to the title page by the author. Scarce thus.
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L´ATLAS DES VOYAGES D´ALI BEY EL ABBASSI EN AFRIQUE ET ASIE PENDENT LES ANNÉES 1803, 1804,...
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L´ATLAS DES VOYAGES D´ALI BEY EL ABBASSI EN AFRIQUE ET ASIE PENDENT LES ANNÉES 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 ET 1807.

by ALI BEY. (BADIA I LEBELICH, Domenéc)

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Used - Good
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Lisboa, Portugal
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De 25x39. Oblongo. Com 14 págs., 1 fólio branco e 90 pranchas gravadas, 83 numeradas de I a LXXXIII 5 das quais desdobráveis, 1 desdobrável não numerado entre as pranchas LXXII e LXXIII, 5 pranchas não numeradas após a LXXXIII, 4 das quais desdobráveis e o retrato de Ali Bey na página que precede a lista das gravuras. Magnífica edição que reúne as gravuras desenhadas por Ali Bei durante as suas viagens pelo Norte de África, Arábia e Ásia Menor, incluindo as primeiras representações artísticas feitas por um ocidental da Ilha de Patmos na Grécia, onde viveu o evangelista S. João, e da cidade de Meca, sendo Ali Bei o terceiro ocidental a visitá-la depois do italiano Domenico di Varthema, em 1503 e do português Pero da Covilhã alguns anos depois. São igualmente notáveis as gravuras da Mesquita de Omar em Jerusalém. Domingo Francisco Jorge Badía y Leblich (Barcelona, 1767 - Damasco, 1818) foi um militar, espião, arabista e aventureiro espanhol, também conhecido como Alí… Read More
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A Meditation on Human Rights and a Woman's Life
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A Meditation on Human Rights and a Woman's Life: The Meditation Project

by Ellen Sollod

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Used - Fine
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Hardcover
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Tempe, Arizona
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Artist book in the "International mail art event and simultaneous exhibitions in three cities--NYC, Denver, Seattle." Presented in 1990 with Women's Studio Workshop (NY) in an edition of 60, "distributed to 50 people around the world in the fields of politics, art, the media, science, education, and religion who held positions on both sides" (Sollod Studio, 2023).
A unique and provocative piece of American political history, art activism, third-wave feminism, and the continued struggle for human rights and reproductive freedom. Owned by a selection of world leaders and policy and public-opinion influencers* (see the complete distribution list below), this artifact is scarcely offered for purchase. As relevant now as ever, this exceptionally rare volume is an exhilarating addition to any collection.
This is the signed artist's proof. Twenty-four accordion-fold leaves bound in cloth cover boards. Lithography, relief, and hand-coloring printing methods with Bembo typeface on Rives heavyweight paper.
27 x… Read More
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