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
London: Henry Colburn, 1845. Three volumes. Original forest green cloth, decorated in blind, spines lettered in gilt, edges unt...$7,500.00
New York: World Publishing Co., Country Press., 1971 Uncorrected Galley Proofs for the First Edition. Author's first Novel. ...$4,500.00
New York: Dial Press. 1967. First. Uncorrected galley proofs. Bradbound sheets printed rectos only on proofing paper. A little w...$4,500.00
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
NY: Vanguard. (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, publishe...$2,500.00
New York: George Braziller, 1991. First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. White printed wrappers. Very fine. A...$2,500.00
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
New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., 1931. Three volumes. Small quarto. Plain brown wrappers, titled in manuscript. Slight tannin...$1,750.00
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. Printed house logo wrappers. Spine rolled from reading, with short splits at the toes of the joint...$1,400.00
New York: Scribner, 1931. Original long galleys, folded as issued. Very good. The author's original working set of long galleys...$1,250.00
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. Narrow quarto. Plastic comb bound printed wrappers, with authorship ascription on upp...$1,250.00
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947. Drab wrappers, printed in black. Some use, creases and short tears at wrapper fore- edges, ...$1,200.00
New York: Harper & Row, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. Review copy, with publis...$1,200.00
Macmillan, 1990 Limited edition numbered #59 of 150; uncorrected proof; EXCEEDINGLY RARE...$699.50
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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