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Rare Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies Books


Herzog [Signed Galleys]

Herzog [Signed Galleys] by BELLOW, Saul

NY: Viking. (1964). An advance copy, in the form of comb-bound galleys, of the Nobel Prize winner's second National Book Award w...

$9,500.00
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
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. ...

$4,500.00
Logan's Run

Logan's Run by NOLAN, William F. and George Clayton Johnson

New York: Dial Press. 1967. First. Uncorrected galley proofs. Bradbound sheets printed rectos only on proofing paper. A little w...

$4,500.00
Mason and Dixon [The Blue Proof Copy, Preceding the Beige ARC]

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 readi...

$3,500.00
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
The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook

The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook by PAMUK, Orhan

New York: George Braziller, 1991. First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. White printed wrappers. Very fine. A...

$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
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
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
THE COLLECTOR

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 joint...

$1,400.00
THE COMING FORTH BY DAY OF OSIRIS JONES

THE COMING FORTH BY DAY OF OSIRIS JONES by Aiken, Conrad

New York: Scribner, 1931. Original long galleys, folded as issued. Very good. The author's original working set of long galleys...

$1,250.00
THE LAST GENTLEMAN

THE LAST GENTLEMAN by Percy, Walker

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. Narrow quarto. Plastic comb bound printed wrappers, with authorship ascription on upp...

$1,250.00
UNDER THE VOLCANO

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, ...

$1,200.00
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



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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