UK Uncorrected Proofs - The Definitive Guide

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UK Uncorrected Proofs - The Definitive Guide

Postby poohcarrot » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:23 am

UK UNCORRECTED PROOFS - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

UK Uncorrected proofs should not be confused with the US Advanced Readers Copy (ARC). The US ARCs are not as rare and while I have no figures of quantity, I believe they number in the thousands.

Some people call the UK Uncorrected proofs "the true first editions". While they are correct, they are also talking pretentious claptrap. An uncorrected proof comes out prior to the first edition and is given to book critics, people to proof read etc.

The Colour of Magic First Edition Hardback is one of the most prized Discworld books to own. Only 506 copies were published and they go for mega-bucks. I know of this one at Wrigley Cross books which is on sale for $18,000.

http://www.wrigleycrossbooks.com/?CLSN_ ... rch=Search

The thing about Uncorrected proofs is that they are actually rarer than First Edition Discworld books, including the limited edition slip-cased publications and even the COM Hardback itself.

The following figures are from the Colin Smith site and show how many proofs of each book were printed and which ones are available;

The smilie denotes proofs I own.

The Colour of Magic 0
The Light Fantastic 0
Equal Rites (Between 50-100)
Mort 100 :P
Sourcery ? 61 page sampler :P
Wyrd Sisters 100 :P
Pyramids 100 :P
Guards! Guards! 100 :P
Eric 0
Moving Pictures 100
Reaper Man 150
Witches Abroad 100
Small Gods 100 :P
Lords and Ladies 116 :P
Men At Arms 150 :P
Soul Music 146 :P
Interesting Times 250 :P
Maskerade 189 :P
Feet of Clay 167 :P
Hogfather 196 :P
Jingo 170 :P
The Last Continent 100
Carpe Jugulum 148 :P
The Fifth Elephant 155 :P
The Truth 370 :P
Thief of Time 100 :P
The Last Hero ? 16 page sampler :P
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 430 :P
Nightwatch 140 :P
The Wee Free Men 200 :P
Monstrous Regiment ?
A Hat Full of Sky 490 :P
Going Postal 727 :P
Thud! 108 :P
Wintersmith ? :P
Making Money 150 :P
Unseen Academicals 120 :P
I Shall Wear Midnight 140 :P
Snuff 120 :P
Ladt Hero sampler :P
Good Omens Less than 100 :P
Good Omens Sampler ? :P
Nation 120 :P
The Science of Discworld 500 (88 page sampler) :P
The Science of Discworld II: the Globe 500 :P
Sea and Little Fishes 1000 (2 story double sampler, 200 double signed) :P
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch 0
Discworld Companion ?
Truckers ?
Diggers ?
Wings ?
Johnny and the bomb ?
Johnny and the dead ?
Only you can save mankind ?

Using the Wyrd Sisters Uncorrected proof as an example.
It was printed in 1988 and was limited to only 100 copies.
How many copies still exist today, 22 years later? Who knows?
How many copies are in pristine, unread condition? Who knows?
How many copies are signed and dedicated by Sir Pterry? Who knows?
Needless to say, the figure is probably very small indeed.

Up to Jingo (and possibly Last Continent - though I don't have that proof so I'm not sure) Discworld books were published by Gollancz. They then changed to Doubleday. The Gollancz proofs are plain white, blue, purple or cream, whereas the later ones are oversized Softbacks with the same cover as the First Edition.

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Because they are "uncorrected", they contain spelling and grammar mistakes and bits which are not in the published First Edition.

I started collecting them a year ago, they are fun to track down (keep your eyes on ebay), haggle over the price, and each one you get is an historic piece of Discworld memorabilia. I now have 30, a lot are signed and inscribed, the most I paid for one was 500 pounds for a Nation proof. A lot of money I hear you say, but the money went to Alzheimers and my Nation proof is signed and dedicated to my two daughters with the inscription "Imo made YOU clever enough to work out that he doesn't exist." It also came with a letter of autheticity signed by the man himself, stating it is one of only 120. If I ever were to sell it in ten years' time, what sort of price do you think it would fetch?

They are not cheap to buy. Prices start from around 50 pounds going up to $2,000 for the Equal Rites proof (see the Wrigley Cross link), but they are still relatively unknown to most collectors, so should you wish for a possibly excellent investment, I would highly recommend getting your hands on as many as possible.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:40 am

Good for you, Pooh! :D

You obviously get a great deal of enjoyment out of collecting them and you've discovered what seems like a pretty 'untapped' market for something that should only increase in value the rarer they become.

I've got one of the Unseen Academicals proofs and it's staying put in my collection of first editions. I know wha you mean - there's something special about them.

Looking at your pictures, I have to say thatthe plain covered ones look somehow even more special. :D
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:00 pm

Just for you Tony, here are my 12 plain covers. :P

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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:40 pm

Drool! :P :lol:
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Postby poohcarrot » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:08 am

If anybody's interested, there are three UK proofs on ebay at the moment starting price is 30 pounds each.
The proofs are Hatful of Sky (only 490), Truth - signed (only 370) and Going Postal (only 727).
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:33 am

I Have two Going Postal but I just got the brown label signed so it never has been opened, and Wintersmith signed. :D
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men at arms book proof

Postby sp1600 uk » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:05 am

i have a copy of the whyite men at arms not signed unfortunatly and due to illness that and a first edeition of my family and ather animals have got to be sold i would rather not put them on ebay , would rather keep them lol but if they have to find a new home it needs to be the right one
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Postby poohcarrot » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:26 pm

Hi sp1600 :P

If I didn't have it already, I'd have been interested. But I do, so I'm not. :(
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:10 pm

Welcome sp1600 uk

Looking at the proofs make me sad poohcarrot,you have proofs and I'm guessing the normal ones too and I'm daydreaming about owning all the normal ones :lol: I'll get there someday :roll:
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book proof

Postby sp1600 uk » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:56 pm

and what price is a fair one ? as i brought it for what it was not the value
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Re: book proof

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:00 pm

sp1600 uk wrote:and what price is a fair one ? as i brought it for what it was not the value
I guess it's (like everything else) worth what other people are prepared to pay for it.

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going to sell

Postby sp1600 uk » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:53 pm

oh well time to find out what its worth as its going on ebay today :(
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Re: going to sell

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:34 pm

sp1600 uk wrote:oh well time to find out what its worth as its going on ebay today :(
Good luck with the sale. :)
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FOR SALE

Postby sp1600 uk » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:34 pm

well finaly got the nerve to put it on after 5 hours of dithering ,put it back on the bookshelf 5 times but its now on 290418109893 wil be sad to see it go
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Postby The_Discworldaholic » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:30 pm

ooo just found this thread and was going to make an offer oh well im going to check ebay.

And wow found it but i think youll find the start price is way too high so good luck on that one.
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