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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


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


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


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


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



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


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's Sample. Published Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publication Association / H.J. Smith & Co., 1889. 8vo., approximat…

From The Wild Muse


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


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 edges of the covers) - pencilled notation of June 1st on the first page. . Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. ) Ve…

From, IOBA


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


THE RESCUERS. With drawings by Judith Brook by SHARP. MARGERY

Collins. London. 1959. PROOF COPY OF FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.5 inches). Illustrated throughout with charming line drawings by Judith Brook, including both sets of endpapers. A very good clean copy in publishers blue marbled paper wraps. In the origi…

From Paul Foster Books


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


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 has acquired the film rights in 2016, to adapt this New York Times bestseller into a feature film - so a good purchase as the va…

From The King Crab


Everything is illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything is illuminated the first novel by Jonathan Safran Foer Signed copy on title page and dated 5/7/02. Published by Houghton Mifflin, USA, 2002. Softcover as published in advance of book in fine unread condition with a promotional postcard also si…



Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck, John

first edition. NY, Covici Friede, 1935, first edition, first printing, wrappers. Softcover. The dust jacket is glued at the spine and then wrapped around the book, these wrappered copies were issued in advance of the hardcover, probably for review and/or…

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman


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