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Uncorrected Proofs and Advance Copies

London, Cape, (2003). The advance reading copy, marked "Uncorrected Proof." Fine in wrappers. [#915628] $19
NY, Random House, (1993). The advance reading copy. Near fine in wrappers. [#913729] $19
click for a larger image of item #32911, Extracts from The Proud Highway (London), Bloomsbury, (1998). The advance reading copy of the British paperback edition (one year after the American and British hardcovers). Fine in wrappers. Uncommon advance copy. [#032911] $150
click for a larger image of item #32913, Songs of the Doomed. More Notes on the Death of the American Dream (London), Picador/Pan, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Vol. 3 of the Gonzo Papers. Wrappers slightly stained and creased; very good. Uncommon advance edition; this is the first copy we've seen. [#032913] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #31513, The Proud Highway NY, Villard, (1997). An advance copy, the first issue proof, of Volume One of "The Fear and Loathing Letters," printing Thompson letters from 1955-1967. 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, tapebound in cardstock covers. Spotting/handling to covers; near fine. Date ("3/19") on front cover. There was an advance reading copy of this title in pictorial wrappers, which is common; an uncorrected proof copy in perfectbound white wrappers, which is uncommon; and this issue, preceding and scarcer than both; we've seen only one other copy of this issue offered for sale. [#031513] $450
NY, Random House, (1996). The hardcover advance edition of his well-received second book. Fine in a fine dust jacket, which differs in design from that of the trade edition jacket and states "Special Preview Edition" on the front panel. With promotional letter laid in. [#916929] $19
click for a larger image of item #34366, Future Shock NY, Random House, (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of Toffler's massively successful book naming the disorientation caused by the accelerated pace of cultural and technological change. A tall, fragile, pad-bound proof: the covers and spine have some staining and insect damage; a good copy, although the covers seem likely to detach in time. Because of the fragile nature of the proof, only a cursory search was made for textual variations from the published version, but revealed that the Acknowledgements were moved from front to rear (and the spelling changed) and a change was made to the book's dedication. A scarce state of one of the bestselling books of its time, and a book whose title became a part of the vernacular, naming a condition that is now taken for granted. [#034366] $850
NY, Hyperion, (1994). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916936] $19
(Comics)
click for a larger image of item #30703, Taboo (Wilmington), (Totleben & Bissette)/[Spiderbaby Grafix], (1988). An advance copy of the first issue of Taboo, a landmark comix/graphic novel anthology, inscribed by the editor (Totleben), with the written note "#3.5 in 25 preview copies." Tapebound 8-1/2" x 11" galley sheets, with a handwritten "Taboo!" label on the front cover. Contributions by Clive Barker, S. Clay Wilson, Alan Moore, Chester Brown, Charles Burns, Eddie Campbell, Charles Vess, Dave Sim, and others. Taboo published edgier graphic fiction than could be done by mainstream presses, including Alan Moore and Chester Brown's From Hell, and work by Charles Burns, famous for his later graphic novel Black Hole. Front label lifting; ownership stamps; else fine. Together with an 8-page solicitation of contributions dated the previous year, delineating the guidelines and the vision. Again, an ownership stamp; near fine with one corner stapled. Together with the published version of the first issue, inscribed by Totleben and the publisher, Stephen Bissette, as well as Taboo 2 and Taboo 3. A notable collection, particularly with the advance copy -- a handmade production apparently limited to 25 copies but doubtless far fewer still exist. [#030703] $750
NY, Knopf, 1991. The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#912861] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #912863, Siam, or, the Woman Who Shot a Man (Woodstock), Sewanee Writers' Series/Overlook Press, (1999). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#912863] SOLD
NY, Riverhead Books, 1996. The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#912866] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2001. The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#912060] $19
click for a larger image of item #18767, Breathing Lessons NY, Knopf, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This is the second issue proof, with the first leaf corrected so that Tyler's previous publications are listed on the verso rather than the recto. Fine in wrappers. [#018767] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This is the first issue proof, with the first leaf bound in backwards, so that "Also By Anne Tyler" appears as the first page, rather than on the verso of the first page. Publisher's notations ("Press Copy," "front page needs flipped," etc.) written all over this page. "P.C" written on front cover as well; else fine in wrappers. [#912053] $100
click for a larger image of item #734, The Accidental Tourist Markham, Penguin, 1985. The uncorrected proof of the Canadian edition of the novel that solidified Tyler's place as one of the foremost writers of her generation. Spine creasing; else fine in wrappers. [#000734] $30
click for a larger image of item #18218, The Accidental Tourist NY, Knopf, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy. A novel made into an award-winning movie that solidified Tyler's place as one of the foremost writers of her generation. This is the second issue proof, in red wrappers. A little surplus glue on the spine; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#018218] $60
NY, Knopf, 2007. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection. Includes essays, reflections, criticism and reviews, introductions he wrote to others' books, art criticism, a six-page introduction, and more. A bulky text, nearly 700 pages, with shallow corner creasing to the covers; near fine in yellow wrappers, with the cover art bound in. [#029541] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of this massive collection of essays and criticism from The New Yorker and elsewhere. Promotional sheet stapled inside the front cover and press release laid in. Fine in wrappers. [#030409] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2009. The uncorrected proof copy of this posthumous collection. A few light spots to covers; near fine in wrappers. [#029542] $95
click for a larger image of item #31524, The Lovelorn Astronomer (Boston), G.K. Hall and Marquis Who's Who, Inc., (1978). A poem by Updike, published as a holiday greeting card. Signed by the author. Fine, with original (unused) mailing envelope. Together with a presumed proof copy, with the copyright notice handwritten (in an unknown hand) rather than printed on the rear cover. Also fine. Both housed together in a G.K. Hall envelope. A scarce ephemeral piece, especially uncommon signed, and notably rare in the variant with the handwritten copyright notice. [#031524] $1,500
NY, Knopf, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel that was initially published to mixed reviews: Margaret Atwood, in The New York Times Book Review, loved it; David Foster Wallace, a self-proclaimed Updike fan, wrote a scathing review of it in The New York Observer. Fine in wrappers. [#912111] $70
NY, Knopf, 1991. Crime fiction. The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#915656] $19
NY, Knopf, 1993. The advance reading copy. Crime fiction from the killer's point of view. Tiny spot to foredge, else fine in wrappers. [#915657] $19
NY, St. Martin's, (2004). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916949] $19
Boston/NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (1983). The advance reading copy of the first American edition. Fine in wrappers. [#914350] $19
click for a larger image of item #7237, Timequake NY, Putnam, (1997). The advance reading copy of this novel in which Vonnegut and his fictional alter-ego, Kilgore Trout, each touch on stories they would have liked to have told and, in doing so, tell another, about the whole in life being the sum of the parts one attends to. Fine in wrappers. [#007237] $40
click for a larger image of item #11047, Timequake London, Jonathan Cape, (1997). The advance reading copy of the first British edition. Fine in wrappers. [#011047] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday, 1976. The uncorrected proof copy of an account of the making of the popular TV soap opera, All My Children, and because of the popularity of the show one of Wakefield's best-loved books, albeit not one of his most well-known in the literary community. Inscribed by the author. Glue shadows on the front cover from a removed label (laid in); near fine in tall wrappers. [#013027] $60
On Sale: $30
NY, Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in edge-sunned tall wrappers. Uncommon. [#013025] $60
click for a larger image of item #20063, Good Night Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning NY, Dial, (1978). The uncorrected proof copy of her third poetry collection, and the book preceding her Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel The Color Purple. Cardstock covers bound with a black tape spine, a format that suggests few were created. Slightly dusty with a small rear corner crease; else fine. [#020063] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #5580, Living by the Word NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1988). Uncorrected proof copy of this collection of short prose pieces, with publisher's annotations ("Press Copy," etc.) on the front cover and first blank. This is the first state proof, with thicker, less crisp lettering on the spine. Fine. [#005580] SOLD
NY, Dial, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author in 1978. Fine in wrappers. [#000355] $40
(NY), Warner, (1993). The advance reading copy. Smudges to lower edge of the text block; near fine in self-wrappers. [#915665] $19
(London), Macmillan, (1995). The limited advance reading copy. One of 1001 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913472] $30
[London], Macmillan, (1994). An advance reading excerpt of the paperback edition of her second book. Published to coincide with the hardcover release of The Scold's Bridle. Prints Chapter One. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#913468] $45
NY, St. Martin's, (1993). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of her second book. Fine in wrappers. [#913469] $19
click for a larger image of item #2732, Book of the Hopi NY, Viking, (1963). The uncorrected proof copy in comb-bound printed cardstock covers of this landmark volume relating the worldview of the Hopis, as compiled by Waters from the tales of thirty Hopi elders. A matter of some controversy in later years -- some people questioned the authenticity of the material or the qualifications of those who provided it -- this book nonetheless was profoundly influential in the Sixties, as another of the seminal volumes bringing some version of a Native American perspective and ethos to the mainstream society: this was a counterculture classic and a staple on college campuses in the late Sixties and early Seventies, thus contributing to the general push toward a more multicultural society. Waters' father was reportedly part Cheyenne, and Waters was an ardent admirer of, and advocate for, the values of Native American culture. A bit of corner creasing and dust soiling to covers; near fine. [#002732] $1,250
On Sale: $938
NY, Norton, (2002). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#916974] SOLD
(NY), Time Warner, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913731] $19
click for a larger image of item #33948, The Circle of Hanh NY, Grove Press, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy of the poet's memoir of his time in Vietnam. Several of Weigl's highly acclaimed books of poetry have focused on his experiences in Vietnam, and he has also translated Vietnamese literature into English. Unmarked, but from the library of Philip Caputo. Near fine in wrappers. [#033948] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #3284, The Death of Jim Loney NY, Harper & Row, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel. Pages reproduce copy editor's corrections. Very good in wrappers. [#003284] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #25820, The Indian Lawyer NY, Norton, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of his fourth novel. Signed by the author. Some fading and staining to covers; very good in wrappers. [#025820] $95
NY, Norton, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of his fourth novel. Inscribed by the author. The faintest of spine fading; still fine in wrappers. [#025821] $135
click for a larger image of item #911191, Trainspotting London, Secker & Warburg, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of his first novel, acclaimed upon publication and later the basis for the phenomenally successful movie that became a cultural milestone of the 1990s. The first edition of this book is scarce -- preceding the movie and its associated cultural uproar by a couple of years, it was issued in a hardcover edition reported at only 600 copies; the proof is many times scarcer; we have seen it only a handful of times. This copy is signed by Welsh. Shallow corner creases; very near fine in wrappers. [#911191] $3,500
NY, Harcourt, (2002). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913733] $19
London, Cape, (1979). The proof of the British edition of the author's pseudonymous first book, which won the National Book Award for best first novel. Fine in a near fine proof dust jacket. [#014331] SOLD
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1993. An advance excerpt printing three stories from the author's first book. Fine in stapled wrappers. The contents page lists a different story selection, in a different order, from what was eventually published. [#916987] $19
Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books, 1992. The advance reading copy of his first novel. Slight rubbing to edges, else fine in wrappers. [#915698] $19
NY, Harper & Row, (1981). The uncorrected proof of this compilation of pieces, many of them never collected before. White was a longtime writer for The New Yorker, and his intelligent, humane and understated essays helped define that magazine's literary style over more than three decades, setting it apart from the other mass-circulation journals of its time. Fine in wrappers. [#016069] $40
(London), Flamingo, (2001). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916993] $19
(NY), Dutton, (1992). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#916999] $19
NY, Knopf, 1993. The uncorrected proof copy. A couple tiny spots and a small corner crease; very near fine in wrappers. [#914372] SOLD
NY, Harcourt, (2001). An advance reading excerpt. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#913502] $19
NY, Harper & Row, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy of his third suspense novel set in Vietnam, and the least common of the author's novels. Fine in wrappers. [#014684] $60
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of this critique of modern architecture, in the same vein as the author's assault on Modern Art in The Painted Word. Tiny horizontal crease to spine; else fine in wrappers. [#014956] SOLD
(n.p.), (Farrar Straus Giroux), (1973). The printer's sample pages. One sheet, folded in half, printing three pages of text, numbered pp. 3, 56-57, but with contiguous text; the fourth page lists type and setup specifications. Fine. Unusual publisher's ephemera of a sort that seldom reaches the market. [#013464] $40
NY, Knopf, 2004. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel, billed as his first, discounting Ugly Rumours, which was published in London in 1975. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#915728] $100
(NY), HarperCollins, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913513] $19
(NY), HarperCollins, (1991). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913511] $19
(NY), HarperCollins, (1992). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#913512] $19
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1993. The advance reading copy. Fine in self-wrappers. [#915732] $19
NY, Knopf, 2001. The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers, with promotional material laid in. [#915739] $19
click for a larger image of item #32840, Young Hearts Crying (NY), Delacorte, (1984). The uncorrected proof copy of his next-to-last novel. Uncommon, especially compared to the proof of his preceding novel, Liars in Love. Tiny numbers in the upper corner of about a half dozen pages throughout the book seem to be marking some kind of countdown (+:22, -2:00, -1:50, -1:30, -1:20, -1:00). The number 10 is written on the spine crown; handling apparent to covers, otherwise a near fine copy in wrappers. [#032840] $75
(NY), Warner, (1993). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#915740] $19
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2003). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#915742] $19
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