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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

$15,000.00


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

$850.00


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

$35,000.00


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

$375.00


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

$206.00


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

$123.00


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

$599.00


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 and soiled in pale green paper wraps with black . cloth binding; small tear to front fore edge. An unrevised version of this . w...

From Blackbird Bookshop

$150.00


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

$100.00


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

$4,500.00


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 REVENGE only - not the other two novellas. It was given to the publisher's representatives at a meeting in 1979 and PRECEDES ALL...

From Dale Steffey Books

$800.00


Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Uncorrected and unpublished proof of TRAITOR'S BLADE, the first in the Greatcoats series and Sebastien de Castell's debut novel. The proof is signed by the author and inscribed "to Lisa". This is the proof published by Penguin Canada. I have not been able...

From The King Crab

$126.00


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, tiny corner chip, short split at toe of one joint, just a good copy. Advance reading copy of the first edition, denoted a "Proo...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$1,200.00


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

New York: George Braziller, 1991. Signed by the Nobel laureate author. First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. White printed wrappers. Very fine. A beautiful copy and rare signed. Note: This is the uncorrected proof and should not be c...

From Orpheus Books

$1,800.00


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 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

$1,750.00


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