Publishers’ Dummies: Something Foolish for April
If you are looking for something foolish and bookish for April 1st may we suggest Salesman’s Dummy (sometimes known as Publishers’ Dummies).
These were samples of books which were produced for the sales departments of publishing firms so that they could show potential buyers what a forthcoming release might look like and help convince them to buy in advance of the delivery. The dummies would look exactly like the final product, except they had no text or at the most would have only the first few pages printed.
Because only a couple copies of any one title were ever produced these Salesman’s Dummies can be quite collectible.