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Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies

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.



UNDER THE VOLCANO

UNDER THE VOLCANO

by Lowry, Malcolm

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Condition
Used
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$1,200.00

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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 "Proof" copy. John Huston's film adaptation appeared in 1984, based on a screenplay by Guy Gallo, and starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bissett and Anthony Andrews.
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$1,200.00
LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE
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LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE

by Harrison, Jim

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  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used - About Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$800.00

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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 BOUND GALLEYS. Page 14 is omitted, an error by Harrison when he typed the final version. This was a typing error only, the novella is complete. About Fine, one short edge tear to margin of last page, and similarly to title page.117 unbound pages. A unique and premium item of one of America's finest authors. Exceedingly SCARCE.. First Edition. Unbound. About Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8 1/2" x 11". Typed Manuscript.
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$800.00
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.

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  • first
Condition
Used - Good in illustrated wrappers (some spine slant and creasing to the spine, wear to the edges of the covers) - pencilled notation
Seller
Ione, California
Item Price
$350.00

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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. ) Very uncommon proof of the first English appearance of this classic novel of a group of Norwegian pioneers and their struggles to build a home in the desolate prairie-land of the American Midwest. Originally published in Norwegian as two books in 1924 and 1925 and translated by Lincoln Colcord and the author. Includes a foreword by Rolvaag, introduction by Lincoln Colcord. xxii, 465 pp.
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$350.00
Logan's Run

Logan's Run

by NOLAN, William F. and George Clayton Johnson

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  • near fine
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Seller
Gloucester City, New Jersey
Item Price
$4,500.00

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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 lives of nonstop pleasure until they are disposed of at age 21, a policy we once endorsed, but which we have long since reassessed. Basis for an interesting film with Michael York, Jenny Agutter, and Farrah Fawcett. A rare issue of an increasingly uncommon title.
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$4,500.00
The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath.

by Steinbeck, John.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Concord, California
Item Price
$15,750.00

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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 by John Ford that starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and which won Jane Darwell an Academy Award for her portrayal of Ma Joad, the book was also the source for the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, one of the true high spots of 20th Century literature, jacket designed by Elmer Hader, this is an incredibly scarce Review Copy with review slip from Viking, this is the only review copy seen by this bookseller in more than 50+ years of being involved in all things Steinbeck, see Goldstone & Payne A12a, see Morrow 107. Fine in a jacket with a couple of small tape ghosts from where the review slip was previously affixed, jacket is otherwise clean, bright, and fine.
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$15,750.00
Cannery Row.
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Cannery Row.

by Steinbeck, John.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Concord, California
Item Price
$36,750.00

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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, or not so minor, Steinbeck masterpiece whose themes of death and loneliness are masked by its surface layer of humor, all the more rare in that this is an Author Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Steinbeck to the best man at his second marriage, Howard O. Hunter, who was the Works Progress Administration (WPA) commissioner in the early 1940s under the FDR administration, Steinbeck and his second wife, Gwen Conger, were married March 29, 1943, just 11 days after receiving his final divorce decree from his first wife, Carol, Steinbeck has Inscribed the first preliminary as follows, "For Howard/who really/belongs in/Cannery Row/John Steinbeck/last night in New York 1944," this galley lacks all the preliminaries found in the 1945 published version such as half titles,… Read More
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$36,750.00
Glimpses of Fifty Years: The Autobiography of an American Woman
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Glimpses of Fifty Years: The Autobiography of an American Woman

by Willard, Frances E.

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Granville, New York
Item Price
$195.00

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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., approximately 100pp., contains sample chapters, b/w and full color illustrations, 3 backstrip and 3 binding style samples - 2 leather, 1 cloth, subscription ledger, 8 page brochure "How To Sell Our Glimpses of Fifty Years" laid in. Leather backstrip chipped, missing center portion, edges rubbed, else very good, with text block and samples near fine. . 1st. Hard. Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo. Salesman's Dummy.
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$195.00
Ariel: Poems
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Ariel: Poems

by Plath, Sylvia

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Portland, Oregon
Item Price
$850.00

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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 cloth, mainly at spine. The dust jacket shows toning and soiling. The review slip shows a small strip of toning to the top edge and light curve at the left edge. A very lovely copy, rare with publisher's review slip laid in.
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$850.00
La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts
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La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts: Les phases ornamentales de la mode

by Arnoult, Léon

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  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - very good ++
Edition
First
Seller
New York, New York
Item Price
$599.00

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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 - William ABLETT (1877-1937 illustrator). Preowned, Signed. A l'Enseigne du Masque d'Or, chez Devambez, 1921, in-4°, 87 pp + 7 plate illustrations, printed in 303 numbered copies. Sewn, original printed stiff wrapper over blind wrapper. Printed wrapper, interior fine, uncut and unopened copy. Two of the illustrations are mixed technique plates by William Ablett, one is signed in pencil by the artist: a circular engraving with a lithographic image printed on it and heightened with gold. Editorial paperback, Jacket with title to the framed flat, beautiful allegorical friezes, endpapers, eyelet, cover page with the same frieze (antique collection stamp). The quantity of circulation - 303 copies justified, and numbering - №120, a preface paper,… Read More
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$599.00
Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats #1)

Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats #1): signed uncorrected proof/arc

by Sebastien de Castell

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  • Paperback
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
Proof/Arc
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Sanad, Bahrain
Item Price
$126.00

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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 to find another copy for sale online with this COVER. Unread copy with no stains, tears or folds. Unstained pages. Beautiful book.
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$126.00
The Darkness That Comes Before
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The Darkness That Comes Before: Uncorrected proof/ARC

by Scott Bakker

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  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Sanad, Bahrain
Item Price
$123.00

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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 shelfwear.Collectible book.About the Book:First in the "Prince of Nothing trilogy and the first "Second Apocalypse" novel set in the worl of Earwa, Darkness that Comes before is strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, and creates a remarkable world from whole cloth—it's language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals—the kind of all-embracing universe that has thrilled readers of Stephen R Donaldson and George R.R. Martin.It's a world scarred by an acopalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Travelling among them, two men and two women are… Read More
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$123.00
Forge of Darkness (Kharkhanas #1)
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Forge of Darkness (Kharkhanas #1): Publisher's copy, Signed, Limited Edition

by Steven Erikson

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
Limited
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Sanad, Bahrain
Item Price
$206.00

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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 any arc/proofs collector, or Malazan fan. Condition:Never read. Limited. Special edition. Publishers' copy signed by the Author. Very light shelfwear. Clean pages. No marks or stains. Collectible copy.About the book:Forge of Darkness is the first novel of The Kharkanas Trilogy by Steven Erikson, set before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. The novel is set 300,000 years before the events in the Book of the Fallen and explores the background of the Tiste race and their impending civil war.The novel is framed as being told by one poet to another. The novel has received generally positive review from critics. SFSite praised the scope of Erikson's imagination and narrative while noting that the novel would far exceed any and all expectations… Read More
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$206.00
The Legs Are the Last To Go : Signed First Edition Proof
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The Legs Are the Last To Go : Signed First Edition Proof

by Diahann Carroll

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  • Paperback
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Fine / As New
Edition
Signed First Edition Proof
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 13
9780060763268
ISBN 10
0060763264
Seller
Chicago, Illinois
Item Price
$100.00

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2008; Amistad, New York; --Uncorrected Proof-- Signed First Edition, First Printing, Fine Trade Paperback, As New & Unread. "The barrier-breaking actress best known for her roles in Julia and Grey's anatomy discusses her four marriages, including her courtship with Sidney Poitier." 269 pp. ISBN: 0060763264. Author Autograph, signed "Diahann Carroll '08". Signed & Collectible! Prepublication copy. Gift Quality. BOOKS IN TIME -- Hard to Find, Rare, Collectible & Out-of-Print Books for Less!
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$100.00
The Millennium Trilogy + Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo + Uncorrected...
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Maclehose Press/Quercus, 2008. 1st Edition. F/F. The Millennium Trilogy all first edition, first printing hardcovers with publisher's number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, all in at least near fine condition. Uncorrected Proof Copies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire (SIGNED by the translator) and an Advance Reading Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Uncorrected Proof of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has publisher's original blue card covers with white titles and publisher's device to upper cover, white titles to spine and white printing to lower cover. Lower cover states 'This is an uncorrected proof copy and is not for sale.' There are a couple of very minor creases to the spine and a small creased, circular orange sticker (7mm diameter) which someone has tried to remove at some point. There is some barely significant rubbing to the spine edges in places and an 8mm closed tear together with a small crease form the fore edge of the upper cover.… Read More
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$1,858.65
The Cuckoo's Calling
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The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith

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  • near fine
  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
uncorrected bound proof
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 13
9781408703991
ISBN 10
1408703998
Seller
London, London
Item Price
$1,270.08

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Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine +. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket (as issued). 1st Edition. J K Rowling's first crime novel. An uncorrected bound proof (advanced reader's copy). This is a bright, clean copy without previous ownership inscriptions. The covers are fresh and unfaded. There is some rubbing marks on the ends but no creases to the spine, which is solid, unfaded and intact. The pages and closed page edges have minor scuff marks. The binding is tight, no cracked hinges or loose pages.
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$1,270.08