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Rare Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies Books


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
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...

$35,000.00
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
Glimpses of Fifty Years: The Autobiography of an American Woman

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...

$195.00
INTO THIN AIR :  A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

INTO THIN AIR : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Krakauer, Jon

New York: Villard Books. Very Good; Draft Printed 11/30/96. 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award . nominee. Lightly scuffed a...

$150.00
Forge of Darkness (Kharkhanas #1)

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 w...

$206.00
HILLINGDON HALL; OR, THE COCKNEY SQUIRE; A TALE OF COUNTRY LIFE. By The Author of "Handley Cross."

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 unt...

$7,500.00
GIANTS IN THE EARTH: A Saga Of The Prairie.

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...

$350.00
The Da Vinci Code

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 Editio...

$125.00
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
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. Softcover. Near Fine. Uncorrected galley proofs. Bradbound sheets printed rectos only on proofing ...

$4,500.00
A TRILOGY  MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA

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 tannin...

$1,750.00
THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG

THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG by Abbey, Edward

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1975. Large octavo. Pictorial yellow wrappers. A trace of very minor dust smudging to wrappers, light...

$500.00
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



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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