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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...

$25,000.00
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 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
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
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
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 Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity by Ludlum, Robert

New York: Robert Marek Publishers, 1980. Uncorrected Proof. Paperback. Good +. Uncorrected proof to the first edition. Green p...

$275.00
The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1)

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1) by Peter Brett

Signed US ARC of Peter Brett's debut novel, the first in the Demon Cycle. Published by Del Rey in 2009. New Harlem Partnership h...

$142.00
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
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
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
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



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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