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Uncorrected Proofs and Advance Copies

click for a larger image of item #33925, Conversation Hearts (Burton), Subterranean, 2008. The advance reading copy of these two intertwined stories, one that takes place on Earth, the other a children's story that takes place on another planet. Signed by the author. Crowley is one of our most highly regarded fantasy writers, having won the World Fantasy Award for a novel, Little, Big in 1982; a novella, "Great Work of Time," in 1990; and for Life Achievement, in 2006. Minor cover splaying; near fine in wrappers. Scarce in this advance issue, especially signed. [#033925] $175
Boston, Little Brown, (1995). Two advance copies of his first book: both the uncorrected proof copy in gray wrappers and the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. It appears that this is one of those rare case where the advance reading copy precedes the proof, as the text in the ARC is shot from typescript; whereas the proof is typeset. The proof is fine, with the publication date changed by hand on the front cover; the advance reading copy is also fine. [#916043] $50
(NY), Soho, (1995). An advance reading excerpt from her second book, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Prints the first chapter. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912397] $60
(NY), Simon & Schuster, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916046] $19
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1991. The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913895] $19
(NY), Simon & Schuster, (2002). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916047] $19
(NY), (Grove), (1993). The advance reading copy. Spine crown bumped; near fine in wrappers. [#914460] $19
NY, Doubleday, (1993). The advance reading copy of his second novel. Fine in wrappers. [#914893] $19
NY, Scribner, (2001). The advance reading copy of this novella. Fine in wrappers. [#912419] $45
(n.p.), [Basic/Perseus], (2001). An advance reading excerpt, bound back-to-back with an excerpt of Christopher Hitchens' Letters to a Young Contrarian. Inscribed by Dershowitz. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#916080] $45
NY, Morrow, (1992). The uncorrected proof copy. Near fine in wrappers. [#916088] $19
click for a larger image of item #19676, Publisher's Archive for Dale Loves Sophie to Death NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). A unique set of publisher's materials for her well-received first novel, winner of the short-lived National Book Award for best first novel. Printer's blues; two sets of long galley sheets; three copies of the dust jacket (folded flat); mock-up of binding. One jacket creased; else all items fine. Presumably this would have been the only such set generated, for the publisher's own internal use. [#019676] $200
NY, Random House, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913554] $35
click for a larger image of item #31683, This Is How You Lose Her NY, Riverhead, 2012. The advance reading copy of the Pulitzer Prize winner's third book, second story collection. Labeled "Uncorrected Proof for Limited Distribution," and in pictorial wrappers. Like the true uncorrected proof in plain printed wrappers, this advance reading copy is uncommon: there was an advance reading excerpt printing a single story that we've seen slightly more often. Fine. [#031683] $60
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1993. An advance reading excerpt. Fine in wrappers. [#913930] $19
click for a larger image of item #13165, Waltz in Marathon NY, Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of the author's well-received first book, a novel. Dickinson received a notable degree of celebrity when the New Yorker profiled him as the prototypical "starving writer" -- documenting the difficulties and exigencies of the writing life, even for a writer as critically acclaimed as Dickinson. Near fine in wrappers. [#013165] $30
click for a larger image of item #32867, Galley Sheets for VALIS 1980. Long galley sheets for Dick's novel VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System), a 1981 paperback original. The VALIS galley sheets are dated 6-23-80: approximately 68 sheets of 25" in length, age-toned with minimal edge wear, in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. Casual inspection revealed one textual difference from the published version. Near fine. Also laid in is a very good copy of the proof of the Bantam covers, which differs from the final version by virtue of the absence of the Bantam logo on the front cover. A very scarce issue of the book that would become the capstone to Dick's literary career. Long galleys such as these are seldom produced in more than a couple of copies, and very seldom turn up for books that were issued as paperback originals. It's ironic that Dick's culminating novel, which transcends science fiction's usual boundaries, would be issued as a paperback original: Dick had so many books issued as paperback originals in the 1950s and 60s, before his books came to be regularly published in hardcover, that the Science Fiction Writers of America named an award after him, the Philip K. Dick Award, for the best SF novel issued as a paperback original. Dick spent the last several years of his life striving for recognition as more than a science fiction writer, and VALIS could have been that break-out novel, had it not reverted him to his former identity as a writer of paperback originals. A rare issue of a major Dick novel. As far as we can tell, unique. [#032867] $8,000
click for a larger image of item #33373, The Abundance (NY), Ecco, (2016). The advance reading copy of this collection of "narrative essays old and new." Stray pencil mark to cover, else fine in wrappers. Uncommon: advance copies -- so-called "galleys," in the contemporary vernacular -- have always been scarcer than the corresponding trade editions, usually issued in hundreds of copies versus thousands for the published editions. But in the past couple of decades, since the start of the digital age, they have gotten even scarcer, as many of the marketing purposes they were used for are now accomplished using digital media and online resources. [#033373] $100
NY, Norton, (1993). The advance reading copy. Small lower corner bump; else fine in wrappers. [#913045] $19
click for a larger image of item #30111, This House of Sky [NY], [HBJ], [(1978)]. Ivan Doig's own set of page proofs of his first publication for the general book trade. Signed and titled by Doig on the dedication page (the first sheet present) and with several corrections in his hand. Numbered to 314 pages, printed on rectos only; roughly 7" x 9" sheets, in a 3-ring binder. With a signed letter of provenance from Doig, on his stationery, attesting to the set as being from his archives and with his corrections. A memoir of growing up in Montana with his father and grandmother, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind was voted one of the five best books ever written on Montana; it won the Christopher Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Doig also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association. Tape to copyright page and a few paper clips scattered throughout; else a fine set. A unique copy of a modern classic, with impeccable provenance. [#030111] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #33374, Safer (NY), Delacorte, (2009). Both the advance reading copy and the first edition, each signed by the author, one of the most highly regarded of the current crop of hardboiled and neo-noir writers, along with such writers as Megan Abbott and Duane Swierczynski and some others, who have been breathing new life into the genre in recent years. The book is fine in a fine dust jacket; the advance copy is near fine in wrappers. [#033374] $125
NY, Henry Holt, (1993). One story from the collection Working Men, issued as a promotional giveaway in advance of publication. Clothbound; small blended stain near crown, near fine, without dust jacket, as issued. An unusual and attractive format for a prepublication excerpt. [#916114] $19
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 2000. The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers, with publicity pages laid in. [#916125] $19
NY, Knopf, 1996. An advance reading excerpt, consisting of three stories from the published collection. Fine in wrappers. [#912449] $19
NY, Knopf, 1996. The uncorrected proof copy, in plain printed wrappers, and far less common than the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers which is sometimes identified as a proof. Fine. [#912447] $45
click for a larger image of item #21063, Meditations from a Movable Chair NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of his last book, his second collection of essays. Dubus was best known as a short story writer, and his last collection of stories was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. He won the Rea Award for the Short Story in 1991 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1988. He is the father of the acclaimed novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#021063] $115
click for a larger image of item #33259, Selected Stories Boston, Godine, (1988). An uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories by the late master of the form. This is presumably the first issue proof, in yellow wrappers, without reviewer blurbs, and erroneously featuring the 13 stories not indicated as being part of the "ten tales for reviewers" that are promised on the front cover and asterisked in the Table of Contents. Signed by Dubus. Fine in wrappers. [#033259] $125
click for a larger image of item #33258, Selected Stories Boston, Godine, (1988). An uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories by the late master of the form. Featuring "ten tales for reviewers" out of the 23 stories that appeared in the published book. Signed by Dubus. Foxing to the front edges; near fine in cream wrappers, with blurbs by reviewers, including John Updike, on the rear cover. This is likely the second issue proof, as there was another issue that erroneously featured the 13 stories omitted from this version. [#033258] $125
click for a larger image of item #33260, Selected Stories London, Godine, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition, and the first proof to contain the full complement of all 23 stories: the U.S. proof was intended to be issued with only ten of the stories; was mistakenly issued with the "left out" 13; and then re-issued with the intended 10. Signed by Dubus. Foxing near the spine; near fine in wrappers. [#033260] $250
NY, Norton, (2001). The advance reading copy of this novel, by the author of Louisiana Power and Light. The trade edition was published in February, 2002. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914909] $40
NY, Norton, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of his first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#912476] $225
NY, Scribner, (1995). The second Cliff Janeway bibliomystery. The later issue advance reading copy, in glossy wrappers, with text and an author photo on the rear cover. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#025997] $30
NY, Norton, (2001). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916136] $19
Chapel Hill, Algonquin, 2003. The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#916153] $19
click for a larger image of item #30716, The Circle (NY/San Francisco), Knopf/McSweeney's, 2013. The uncorrected proof copy of Eggers' novel about the dark side of the internet and a 21st century company modeled on several of the current internet giants. Eggers co-wrote the screenplay for the 2017 film version, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Not a common proof, especially compared to the 200,000 announced first printing, but not as scarce as McSweeney's proofs done without the backing of Knopf. Fine in printed white wrappers, with the cover art bound in. [#030716] $25
click for a larger image of item #27358, What is the What. The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (San Francisco), (McSweeney's), (2006). The advance reading copy of this highly praised "nonfiction novel" based on the life story of Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys," as told to Eggers. With different cover art from the published book and with blurbs by Khaled Hosseini, Philip Gourevitch and John Prendergast on the rear panel. Uncommon in advance form. McSweeney's is a small press, with little in the way of marketing dollars: its best advertising tends to be the buzz created by its publications, and this book exemplified the process, reaching #25 on The New York Times bestseller list without the benefit of promotional clout. This is the only copy we have handled or seen. Slight splaying to covers and a bit of shelf dirt to the lower edge; else fine in wrappers. [#027358] $450
click for a larger image of item #33164, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? NY/San Francisco, Knopf/McSweeney's, 2014. The uncorrected proof copy of this Eggers novel, built entirely of a conversation between the protagonist and his kidnapped astronaut. Fine in wrappers, with a Knopf Canada label on the rear cover that changes the contact information printed beneath, as well as the publication date and price. [#033164] $100
NY, Grove, (2002). The advance reading copy of the second book by the author of the highly praised Lord of the Barnyard, who committed suicide in May, 2005. This copy is signed by Egolf. Fine in wrappers. [#914920] $300
London, Fourth Estate, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy of this paperback original. Signed by the author, with a drawing of a cactus. Fine in glossy printed, nonpictorial wrappers. [#916158] $50
(Anthology)
click for a larger image of item #786, The Best American Short Stories 1980 [Boston], [Houghton Mifflin], [1980]. An advance issue consisting of unbound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of this collection edited by Stanley Elkin and with stories by John Updike, John Sayles, Donald Barthelme, Frederick Busch, William Gass, Larry Heinemann, I.B. Singer, Grace Paley, Peter Taylor, Mavis Gallant, Elizabeth Hardwick and others. Elkin's introduction bears copyeditor's marks throughout. Minor edge wear to a few pages; else fine. [#000786] $150
click for a larger image of item #1425, The Orchid Stories Garden City, Doubleday, 1973. The uncorrected proof copy of this large collection of stories and prose poems, in the form of tall, bound galley sheets printed on rectos only. Stamped "Final Galley." A number of the galley pages are loose but all are present. Near fine in wrappers and signed by the author. Scarce, fragile format. [#001425] SOLD
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2001). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913965] $19
NY, Bantam, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. A few spots to rear panel, else fine in wrappers. [#914482] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of Exley's third and last book, in the sequence of fictionalized memoirs that began with A Fan's Notes. Fine in wrappers. [#911527] $19
click for a larger image of item #31686, Then We Came to the End NY, Little Brown, (2007). The advance reading copy of his first novel. A finalist for the National Book Award. His third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Inscribed by the author in 2008. One page corner turned; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the advance issue, especially signed. [#031686] $150
(London), Hodder & Stoughton, (2003). The limited advance reading copy. One of 50 numbered copies Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers, with promotional postcard laid in. Also included is the four page flyer announcing the book, the trade paperback, and the offer of one of 50 limited edition advance copies. Also includes a glossary for getting up to speed in the series. [#912500] $100
click for a larger image of item #18591, Cause Celeb (London), Picador, (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of the uncommon first book by the author of Bridget Jones's Diary. The latter was the British Book of the Year in 1998. This title was not published in the U.S. until 2001. Near fine in wrappers and jacket; uncommon. [#018591] $100
NY, Morrow, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913977] $19
click for a larger image of item #31384, Five Days at Memorial NY, Crown, (2013). The advance reading copy of Fink's National Book Critics Circle Award-winning book about the decision to hasten the deaths of some of the weaker patients while awaiting (and losing hope for) evacuation of Memorial Medical Center in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. Expanded from Fink's Pulitzer Prize-winning essay for the New York Times Magazine, and with textual changes between this version and the final, published book. "July 13" written in marker on the lower edge of the text block (the book was published in September). Fine in self-wrappers. A landmark of investigative reporting. Scarce in the advance issue. [#031384] $60
(NY), Distributed Art Publishers, (2001). The uncorrected proof copy. A collection of original writings inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell and edited by Foer. Contributors include Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, Howard Norman, Diane Ackerman, Siri Hustvedt, Lydia Davis, Robert Coover, Bradford Morrow, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul West, Joanna Scott and others, including Foer, who contributes both a chapter and the introduction. Signed by Foer. Small heel bump; else fine in wrappers. The proof does not include the photographs of Cornell's work. [#912506] $275
(London), Hamish Hamilton, (2002). The advance reading copy of the first British edition of his first novel, one of the most highly praised literary debuts of the year -- named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and winner of the Guardian First Book Prize, among other literary awards. A film adaptation, done by Liev Schreiber, won the Laterna Magica Prize at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Signed by the author. Covers lightly rubbed, else fine in wrappers. [#912510] $100
(London), Hamish Hamilton, (2005). The advance reading copy of the British edition, printed from sheets of the American advance edition, with British covers. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912516] $100
NY, Knopf, 2002. The uncorrected proof of the first American edition of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912523] $70
click for a larger image of item #911204, Independence Day London, Harvill, (1995). An advance copy of the first British edition of Ford's Pulitzer Prize- and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, with printed text on the front cover that indicates that the "text is not the final version," and, in fact, this text does seem to be an earlier state than that of not only the British trade edition but the U.S. edition as well. The text does seem to match that of the British advance reading copy. Approximately 8-3/8" x 11-3/4" tapebound sheets in printed cardstock covers. Signed by Ford. Photoreproduced name on the front cover; dusty rear cover; else fine. An uncommon view of an earlier state of the text of the second book in his Frank Bascombe series, which now runs to four volumes. The photocopied name on the front cover, together with the style of binding, give an indication that the proof was likely one of a very small number, hand-produced by the publisher in-house rather than printed and bound by a full-fledged printer, which would have been done in larger quantities. [#911204] $1,000
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1987). An advance reading excerpt from his fourth book, first collection of stories. Prints the story "Children," which was changed significantly by the author prior to the publication of the book, making this the only appearance of this version of the story. Signed by the author. One light corner bump, else fine in stapled wrappers. [#015864] $45
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1987). An advance reading excerpt from his fourth book, first collection of stories. Warmly inscribed by the author: "For ___. With great gratitude to you. And with the happy memories of seeing you again. Richard. Portland. June 30, 1995[?]." Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912543] $70
click for a larger image of item #914961, The Sportswriter NY, Vintage, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of his breakthrough book, the first in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Bascombe series. Signed by the author. Published as a paperback original: proofs in the Vintage Contemporaries series seem to have been done in much smaller quantities than those of their counterparts slated for hardcover publication, and seem to have received much more limited distribution: many review venues -- including newspapers and magazines -- have policies precluding the reviewing of paperback publications. Buckle to front spine fold, possibly from binding; very near fine in wrappers. Review slip laid in, asking the reader to disregard "large, unnumbered spaces" on more than a dozen pages, which "will not appear in the finished book." Scarce signed. [#914961] $500
London, Harvill Press, (2001). The first separate appearance of this story, which first appeared in The New Yorker and is here published as an advance reading excerpt from the collection A Multitude of Sins, with small textual variations from the final, published version. No comparable U.S. issue. Signed by the author. Mild crease to the rear cover near the spine; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#914981] $70
NY, Vintage Books, (2004). The advance reading copy (marked "Uncorrected Proof") of this selection of Ford's previously published work. Fine in wrappers. [#914982] $45
NY, Knopf, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of the first trade edition of this collection of three novellas. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914975] $70
click for a larger image of item #11456, The Ebony Tower London, Jonathan Cape, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of the British edition of this collection of novellas. Owner name; near fine in a very good proof dust jacket. [#011456] $115
click for a larger image of item #29924, "The Corrections" in The World of FSG NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2001). An advance audio excerpt from his then-forthcoming novel The Corrections, along with excerpts of ten other books in FSG's Fall 2001 line-up. Cassette tape, signed by Franzen on a small label affixed to the printed cardstock sleeve. Fine. The Corrections won the National Book Award and is consistently cited as one of the top books of the 21st century's "new canon." An unusual advance issue for a literary novel, and likely the only signed copy. [#029924] $125
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1997). The advance reading copy (identified by the publisher as an "uncorrected manuscript") of his first book, a Civil War novel and a publishing phenomenon: after a modest 25,000 copy first printing of the trade edition, the book eventually sold more than a million copies in hardcover and won the National Book Award -- a rare combination of literary and commercial success for any work of fiction, let alone a first novel. Fine in wrappers. [#915002] SOLD
NY, Random House, (2006). The advance reading copy of the second novel by the author of the National Book Award-winning Cold Mountain, which was one of the publishing phenomena of the decade -- a first novel by an unknown young writer that went on to sell over 4 million copies. That helped earn Frazier a reported $8 million+ for this novel, one of the highest dollar figures ever for a literary novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912586] SOLD
NY, Morrow, (1993). The advance reading copy of the first novel by the creator and co-writer of Twin Peaks. A thriller involving Arthur Conan Doyle and the occult. Fine in wrappers. [#914493] $19
click for a larger image of item #916191, A Perfect Wife and Mother (n.p.), Viking, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916191] $19
NY, Scholastic/Chicken House, (2005). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers, with CD. [#913996] $30
(n.p.), Knopf, 2003. An advance reading excerpt printing two of the stories from Short People, bound back to back with an excerpt from Rumble, Young Man, Rumble by Benjamin Cavell. Small abrasion to Cavell cover; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#915007] $19
Toronto, Macmillan, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition of this collection of stories. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is increasingly clear that most Canadian proofs are printed in tiny quantities -- often as few as a couple of dozen copies. Fine in wrappers. [#005753] $60
NY, Knopf, 1995. A hardcover advance copy. An attractive production, in unstamped illustrated boards that differ from the published binding. Fine in publisher's sealed paper sheath -- black paper with white text and a peekaboo hole through to the illustrated binding. A couple short, closed edge tears to sheath. [#915013] $30
click for a larger image of item #27204, The Autumn of the Patriarch London, Cape, (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Garcia Marquez's first novel after the worldwide success of One Hundred Years of Solitude. An ambitious, experimental novel: 269 pages in six chapters, each of which is a single paragraph of extended sentences, with each of the chapters a retelling of the story of the power held by his fictional dictator. This copy is inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Para ____ Con todo mi afecto, Gabriel, 2001." Very modest dust soiling to covers; near fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof and especially so signed. [#027204] $1,250
NY, Hill and Wang, (1972). The uncorrected proof copy of this play by the author of The Connection, who is also known for his association with The Living Theater, an experimental theater group. Notes in text and name of Richard M. Buck on cover. Very good in tall wrappers. Uncommon. [#018598] $50
NY, Bantam, (1991). The advance reading copy of this collaborative novel by two of the leading writers of contemporary science fiction, both associated with the "cyberpunk" movement in the field. This is a fantasy based on the premise that the computer age started in the 1850's, rather than the 1950's, with the perfection of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Fine in wrappers. [#915022] SOLD
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914013] $70
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy. A couple small stains to front cover; near fine in wrappers. [#914015] $30
click for a larger image of item #5154, Free Fall London, Faber & Faber, (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the fourth novel by the Nobel Prize winner, author of Lord of the Flies. Bound in light gray wrappers, as opposed to green, and perhaps thus a second state although we don't have any conclusive indication of priority. Near fine. [#005154] $150
click for a larger image of item #34618, Believe the Heart [The Lying Days] NY, Simon and Schuster, (1953). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of her second book to be published outside of South Africa, and first novel. Published with the title The Lying Days, but here bearing the title Believe the Heart, which is crossed out on the cover, and replaced with only "A Novel." The cover also has "Gardimer" hand-corrected to "Gordimer." Gordimer had a short story with this title published in Mademoiselle magazine in October, 1953, two months after this novel was published, but we can find no other record of this book having this title: the Gordimer papers at the Lilly Library do not list it and there are no listings we could find in OCLC. Tall (7" x 12"), stringbound galleys, printed on rectos only, with a back cover of cardboard. Foxing to page edges; otherwise near fine. Gordimer received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. A rare issue of a first novel by a Nobel Prize winner. [#034618] $1,750
(n.p.), Viking, (1993). The advance reading copy of this collection of three novellas. Fine in wrappers. [#915030] $19
Athens, University of Georgia Press, (1993). Bound galleys of this critical study of poetry by Vietnam veterans, in which Gotera analyzes poems from a number of the important anthologies of Vietnam war poetry, as well as several individual author's collections. Long, oblong sheets, printed on rectos only. Comb-bound. Near fine in plain cardstock covers. Unusual format, suggesting few were done. [#030868] $95
(NY), Warner, (1994). The advance reading copy of his first book, a quirky novel of a street person that was the surprise winner of an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. Fine in wrappers. [#915035] $19
(Women)
click for a larger image of item #34655, The Female Eunuch (London), MacGibbon & Kee, (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (British) of one of the defining books of the second feminist wave, an international bestseller that called out sexual oppression, the idealized female image, domestic servitude, and patriarchal condescension. Greer famously hoped her book would "quickly date and disappear," but much of it is still relevant to the struggles of the fourth (and counting) feminist wave. The plain brown wrappers have some creasing, and there's a small coffee stain on the title label; still near fine. Extremely scarce as a proof. [#034655] $1,000
(NY), Warner, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913584] $19
NY, Harcourt Brace, (1999). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913590] $35
click for a larger image of item #32282, City on Fire NY, Knopf, 2015. The advance reading copy of Hallberg's 900+ page novel of 1970s New York: his first novel, which brought the author a nearly $2 million dollar advance and saw the film rights sold prior to publication. The advance copy has a letter from the publisher bound in dated March 2015; the book was published in October 2015, and received wide critical praise. The advance reading copy is scarce. Fine in self-wrappers. [#032282] $95
(NY), Birch Lane Press, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#914502] $40
(NY), HarperCollins, (1999). An advance copy in the form of velobound typescript with acetate cover. Reduced to 6" x 9". Fine, with a letter to the sales force laid in. [#914074] $70
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913093] $19
click for a larger image of item #17827, The Immortalist NY, Random House, (1969). The uncorrected proof copy of this unusual volume of nonfiction -- an extended essay on "An Approach to the Engineering of Man's Divinity," written by a novelist (The Revelations of Doctor Modesto, among others) who was a friend of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, as well as of Edward Abbey and William Eastlake. He was the model for Hal Hingham, who was visited by Kerouac's and Cassady's alter-egos in On the Road. As both a writer and a firm believer in the power of mind over body (he was also a friend of Timothy Leary), Harrington provides an unusual link between the writers of the Beat Generation, with their explorations of alternate states of consciousness, and the nature writers of the American Southwest that emerged in the 1960s. Inscribed by the author: "____, I think this is my/ best,/ Alan Harrington/ Tucson, February '76." Harrington has also re-written the second sentence of the book by hand. Bound galleys printed on rectos only. 7 1/2" x 11 3/4". Comb-bound. Front cover separating at lower rings; near fine. [#017827] $500
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1999). The advance reading copy. Slight nick to lower corner; else fine in wrappers. The advance reading copy has a 1999 date; the book was published in January 2000. [#914083] $19
NY, Crown, (1993). The advance reading copy. Corner creasing to the lower front panel; near fine in wrappers. [#914081] $19
NY, Crown, (1993). An advance copy in the form of bound photocopied typescript. 8-1/2" x 11"; tapebound with acetate cover; fine. [#914079] $45
click for a larger image of item #33935, The Great Leader NY, Grove Press, (2011). The advance reading copy of Harrison's take on the detective story. Inscribed by Harrison to Philip Caputo and his wife, Leslie: "To my friends, Phil & Leslie on their road trip to where? Jim." In the year this book was published, the Caputos took a 16,000 mile road trip with truck and trailer from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, resulting in Caputo's book The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America. Near fine in pictorial wrappers (and marked as an "uncorrected proof" by the publisher). An uncommon issue, and with a fine association between these two men, who were colleagues, neighbors, and friends. [#033935] $500
NY, Random House, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#915064] $45
(n.p.), (n.p.), (1991). An advance reading excerpt of her first novel. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#915062] $45
click for a larger image of item #26554, The Silence of the Lambs NY, St. Martin's, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of his highly acclaimed third novel, the first to have Hannibal Lecter as the central character, a figure that has become a cultural touchstone. Basis for the Jonathan Demme film with Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, winner of five Academy Awards and one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films of the Century. Upper outer corner crease to front cover; thus near fine in wrappers. The advance reading copy is fairly common; the proof is scarce. [#026554] $1,000
London, Chatto & Windus, (1991). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Nick to lower rear panel; else fine in wrappers. [#914090] $45
NY, Knopf, 1991. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. Very slightly spine-sunned; else fine in wrappers, with promotional sheet glued over front cover. [#914091] $19
click for a larger image of item #342, The Phantom Blooper NY, Bantam, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel, a sequel to The Short-Timers, with several of the same characters, including the title character. Tiny white specks to rear (red) panel; else fine in wrappers. [#000342] $190
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#914505] $19
Boston, Little Brown, (1996). An advance copy, in the form of unbound signatures (folded & gathered sheets). Fine, laid into a fine dust jacket. [#915072] $45
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