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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
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 Mystic Masseur [Scarce Uncorrected Proof Copy]

The Mystic Masseur [Scarce Uncorrected Proof Copy] by NAIPAUL, V.S

NY: Vanguard. (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, publishe...

$2,500.00
Fun With Dick and Jane

Fun With Dick and Jane by Rev. John A. O'Brien

This is an original hardcover corrected proof copy of Fun With Dick and Jane dated March 23, 1942.  Cathedral Basic Readers.  A ...

$1,900.00
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
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
LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE

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 REVENG...

$1,500.00
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
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
Disgrace

Disgrace by J.M.Coetzee

A near fine soft back issue of advanced uncorrected proofs of J M Coetzee's Booker prize winning novel Disgrace signed by the au...

£500.00
Golden Fox (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION UNCORRECTED PROOF)

Golden Fox (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION UNCORRECTED PROOF) by Wilbur Smith

Macmillan, 1990 Limited edition numbered #59 of 150; uncorrected proof; EXCEEDINGLY RARE...

$699.50
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 ...

$650.00



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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