The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever - Uncorrected proof, signed by Cheever
The Wapshot Scandal
John Cheever

In publishing jargon, a proof is the preliminary iteration of a book, intended for a limited audience. Its purpose is to allow for final edits. The proofs can also help to build and maintain buzz about a book before its official release date, generate some early reviews and have potential readers eager to get their hands on the title. A galley proof or uncorrected proof may still have errors or areas open to change. It is generally bound differently than the final product, often only spiral-bound, and missing much of the polish of the eventual published version, opting instead for plain, often coarse paper. Inclusion of proposed publication information (date, price, etc.) can also be included. Usually the proof consists of text only, and is devoid of any art or illustration that may be present in the final published version.

If a book is successful and does well upon final publication, or if it goes out-of-print early but develops a fan-base or cult following, an uncorrected proof can become a valuable prize for collectors. Part of the appeal is their scarcity, and the fact that they will sometimes have slightly different text from the final piece.

We've found some of the rarest and best uncorrected proof copies available for sale, below, from Charles Bukowski and Truman Capote to the highly-sought after early proofs of everyone's favorite boy wizard, and many more.

Uncorrected Proofs

Roots by Alex Haley
Alex Haley
Septuagenarian Stew by Charles Bukowski
Septuagenarian Stew
Charles Bukowski
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road
Cormac McCarthy
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Wintering Out by Seamus Heaney
Wintering Out
Seamus Heaney
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry
Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Mason and Dixon
Thomas Pynchon
Rebecca: A Play in Three Acts by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca: A Play in Three Acts
Daphne Du Maurier
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
The Natural by Bernard Malamud
The Natural
Bernard Malamud
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
Dead Fingers Talk by William S. Burroughs
Dead Fingers Talk
William S. Burroughs
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Beautiful Losers
Leonard Cohen
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
Hocus Pocus
Kurt Vonnegut
Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury
Long After Midnight
Ray Bradbury

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