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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 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Uncorrected and unpublished proof (marked "Confidential - Not for sale") of Scott Bakker's magnificent debut novel "Darkness That Comes Before".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


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


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Uncorrected and unpublished proof of TRAITOR'S BLADE, the first in the Greatcoats series and Sebastien de Castell's debut novel.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


The Grapes of Wrath. by Steinbeck, John

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 t…

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



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, ABAA


Cannery Row. by Steinbeck, John

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 min…

From James M. Dourgarian, Bookman


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


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


The Millennium Trilogy + Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo + Uncorrected Proof Copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire SIGNED by the translator + Advance Reading Copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [6 vols] by LARSSON, Stieg

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 th…

From Rainford and Parris Books - PBFA


The Legs Are the Last To Go : Signed First Edition Proof by Diahann Carroll

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 cour…

From Books In Time


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


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


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


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