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Rare Proofs, Galleys & Advance Review Copies Books


Herzog [Signed Galleys]

Herzog [Signed Galleys] by BELLOW, Saul

NY: Viking. (1964). An advance copy, in the form of comb-bound galleys, of the Nobel Prize winner's second National Book Award w...

$9,500.00
Logan's Run

Logan's Run by NOLAN, William F. and George Clayton Johnson

New York: Dial Press. 1967. First. Uncorrected galley proofs. Bradbound sheets printed rectos only on proofing paper. A little w...

$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. ...

$4,500.00
The Mystic Masseur [Scarce Uncorrected Proof Copy]

The Mystic Masseur [Scarce Uncorrected Proof Copy] by NAIPAUL, V.S

NY: Vanguard. (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, publishe...

$2,500.00
The White Castle. Translated by Victoria Holbrook

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

New York: George Braziller, 1991. First U.S. edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. White printed wrappers. Very fine. A...

$2,500.00
Fun With Dick and Jane

Fun With Dick and Jane by Rev. John A. O'Brien

This is an original hardcovercorrected proof copy of Fun With Dick and Jane dated March 23, 1942. Cathedral Basic Readers. A ...

$1,900.00
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
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
Golden Fox (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION UNCORRECTED PROOF)

Golden Fox (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION UNCORRECTED PROOF) by Wilbur Smith

Macmillan, 1990 Limited edition numbered #59 of 150; uncorrected proof; EXCEEDINGLY RARE...

$699.50
La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts

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. ...

$599.00
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Professional Foul

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Professional Foul by STOPPARD, Tom

London: Faber and Faber. (1978). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of two one-act plays, the first of which was writ...

$500.00
THE WEB AND THE ROCK

THE WEB AND THE ROCK by Wolfe, Thomas

NY: Harper & Brothers. Very Good. 1939. Galley Excerpts. Paperback. Originally published in tablet form - now each page inserted...

$700.00
The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke = Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke; translated by Stephen Mitchell and illustrated by Warren Chappell [unbound review copy]

The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke = Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke; translated by Stephen Mitchell and illustrated by Warren Chappell [unbound review copy] by Rilke, Rainer Maria

San Francisco: Arion Press, 1983. Near Fine. This is an unbound copy sent for review, with a letter from the Arion Press, date...

$425.00
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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 det...

$375.00
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Larsson, Stieg

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. First edition. Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland. Red wraps. 557 pages. Example of jac...

$350.00



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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