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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.

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The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook.
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The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook.

by PAMUK, Orhan

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First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof.
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Paperback
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Edmonds, Washington
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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 confused with the hardcover edition. Very few proofs were produced which makes this a highly desirable collector's item. Pamuk was the 2006 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE
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LEGENDS OF THE FALL : REVENGE

by Harrison, Jim

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Used - About Fine
Edition
First Edition
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Paperback
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Bloomington, Indiana
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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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Anil's Ghost
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Anil's Ghost

by Ondaatje, Michael

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st
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Paperback
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Granville, New York
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NY: Knopf, 1999. First Edition. BOUND GALLEY. First issue - December 1999 on title page. Published NY: Knopf, 1999. 8 1/2" x 11" sheets, bound in cream wrappers, bound with black tape. 252 pages. Mild soiling to covers, slight bump to top corner first couple of sheets, else very good plus.. 1st. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 4to. Galley/Proof.
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Humboldt's Gift.

Humboldt's Gift.

by BELLOW, Saul

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  • Fine
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Used - Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof.
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Paperback
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Edmonds, Washington
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New York: Viking, 1975. First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. Gold printed wrappers. Fine. Pulitzer Prize Winner.
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Snow Angels.
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Snow Angels.

by O'NAN, Stewart

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As New
Edition
First edition / First printing. First state uncorrected proof.
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Paperback
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Edmonds, Washington
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New York: Doubleday, 1994. Signed by the author. First edition / First printing. First state uncorrected proof. Illustrated wrappers. Very fine. GRANTA 20 author.
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World of Wonders.

World of Wonders.

by DAVIES, Robertson

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  • near fine
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof.
Binding
Paperback
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Edmonds, Washington
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New York: Viking, Inc., 1976. First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. Orange wrappers. Inevitable light fading to the orange paper spine, else near fine. Contains publisher's photocopied note laid in. Third book in the Deptford Trilogy.
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POSTCARDS

POSTCARDS

by PROULX

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  • Paperback
Condition
New
Binding
Paperback
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Sherman Oaks, California
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UNCORRECTED PROOF the first edition in grey speckled wraps.
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Cannery Row.
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Cannery Row.

by Steinbeck, John.

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Used
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Paperback
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Concord, California
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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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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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Used - Good
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1st
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Hardcover
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Granville, New York
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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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Ariel: Poems
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Ariel: Poems

by Plath, Sylvia

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
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Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Portland, Oregon
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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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Poems (Two) 1925 Simultaneous [Signed, Typed Manuscript Poem]
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Poems (Two) 1925 Simultaneous [Signed, Typed Manuscript Poem]

by Cunard, Nancy

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Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Las Vegas , Nevada
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London: The Aquilla Press, 1930 Original typed Manuscript, Signed by Nancy Cunard, with 5 corrections. First appeared in print under the title, "Poems (Two) 1925"; published 1930 by The Aquilla Press. Three loose 8vo sheets, previously stapled. Three of the corrections are minor but one alters the original 40th line from "Cools at the still, yeasts raise his auburn flour" to Yeast raising auburn flour." In line 47 Cunard corrects the spelling of the word, "orgu[e]illeux" by adding the e, but it never made it into the published work. Signed in pencil, "Nancy Cunard 1925'" at the bottom of the poem. Age toning, paper-clip ghost, minimal wear, else in fine condition.
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North
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North

by Heaney, Seamus

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Used - Very Good
Edition
Uncorrected Proof
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Portland, Oregon
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London: Faber and Faber, 1975. Uncorrected Proof. Very Good. Advance uncorrected proof of the first British edition. Bound in publisher's blue wraps printed in black with review slip laid in. From the library of Irish writer Francis Stuart, with presentation inscription on the half-title from Ted Hickey reading, "For Francis Stuart from Ted Hickey 18 June 1975," five days prior to the publication date according to the penciled notation on the review slip. A further inscription in another hand reads, "Ted Hickey, Belfast. 26 March 1975." Hickey was Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum when he commissioned a portrait of Seamus Heaney to be painted by Edward McGuire, which would be used on the rear cover of the dust jacket of the first edition. Very Good, spine toned and with two tiny droplet stains, a bit of wear to wraps. Corners bumped. A scarce, advance format of an early work by Seamus Heaney, with a nice association.
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A Question of Upbringing - PROOF COPY [A Dance to the Music of Time] - housed in a bespoke...
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A Question of Upbringing - PROOF COPY [A Dance to the Music of Time] - housed in a bespoke solander / clamshell box.

by POWELL, Anthony

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Condition
Used - VG++
Edition
Proof Copy
Binding
Paperback
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Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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Heinemann, 1950. Proof Copy. Softcover. VG++. Ultra rare proof copy. 124 x 185cm, 230pp. Publisher's original buff paper wraps with titles and "PROOF COPY" to the front cover and titles and publisher's windmill device to the spine, 230pp. The wraps have been printed on the verso of an unused illustration from a previous Heinemann book, Dog Days by K F Barker, so that parts of a bull terrier in full colour can be seen on the inside of the covers. The verso of the title page states "First Published 1950 - there is a pencil note on the front cover "Sept 30/[19?]50" - though the First Edition was not published until 22nd January 1951 in an edition of 7,500 copies. It is housed in a bespoke, black cloth solander (clamshell) box with gilt titles and lined with marbled paper. There are a few very light marks on the front cover, a very small 3 x 2mm chip near the top of its fore edge, a 3mm open tear at the top of the upper joint and one of 1cm at the foot of the same. The back cover has a toned… Read More
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A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales From Youth.
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A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales From Youth.

by STYRON, William.

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As New
Edition
First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof.
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Paperback
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Edmonds, Washington
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New York: Random House, 1993. Signed by the author on the half-title page. First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. Blue and white patterned wrappers. Very fine.
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OUR GAME - Proof Copy, Signed
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OUR GAME - Proof Copy, Signed

by Le Carre, John

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  • Fine
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Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Sastamala, Finland
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London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. 1st Edition . Soft cover. Fine. First Printing. An Uncorrected Proof Copy, precedes all other editions. Softcover format with printed wrappers, the front cover featuring a photograph-portrait of the author. Presents as an unread copy with no reading creases to the spine, tight and square. Trivial creases to the corners but a Fine copy indeed and SIGNED directly to the title page by the author. Scarce thus.
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