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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.

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


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


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


Forge of Darkness (Kharkhanas #1) by Steven Erikson

This is the Publishers' copy (PC) of a limited edition of 300 copies by PS Publishing, Hornsea 2012. A two volume jacketed set with illustrated boards signed by Steven Erikson on the limitation page in Volume 1. A rare, collectible, beautiful book set for...

From The King Crab


Glimpses of Fifty Years: The Autobiography of an American Woman by Willard, Frances E

Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publication Association / H.J. Smith & Co., 1889. First edition. Leather and cloth Salesman's Sample. Published Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publication Association / H.J. Smith & Co., 1889. 8vo., approximat...

From The Wild Muse


Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Chabon, Michael

New York, NY: Random House. Good with no dust jacket. 2000. Uncorrected Proof. Paperback. Patterned wrapper with publication details listed in title box. Light soil and creasing on front cover. Some soil on top edge but otherwise clean text block. Front...

From Back of Beyond Books, ABAA


Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Very nice copy of uncorrected page proofs of Robbins third book; boldly signed in red felt pen by Robbins on title page. Paper cover has minor indents on front cover, and a tiny tear in upper corner of cover, paper shows minor discoloring from aging but ...

From Anthony Greene


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


The Darkness That Comes Before by Scott Bakker

Uncorrected and unpublished proof (marked "Confidential - Not for sale") of Scott Bakker's magnificent debut novel "Darkness That Comes Before". This copy was not available for sale to the public.Condition:Clean and unstained pages. Never read. Very light...

From The King Crab


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


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


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


GIANTS IN THE EARTH: A Saga Of The Prairie. by Rolvaag, O. E. [Ole Edvart], 1876-1931

New York:: Harper & Brothers,, 1927.. Good in illustrated wrappers (some spine slant and creasing to the spine, wear to the edges of the covers) - pencilled notation of June 1st on the first page. . Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. ) Ve...

From, IOBA


The Da Vinci Code by Brown, Dan

New York: Doubleday, 2003. Beautiful, As New copy. The ARC will always be much scarcer than the trade 1st edition.. First Edition. Pictorial Printed Wrappers. Fine in Wraps, as Issued/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall...

From Dale Steffey 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


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