Rare Advance Issue, Untrimmed and Unsewn


Boston: Little Brown, [1990].

Price: $4,500.00

About the item

Special issue, advanced state, one of eight copies reportedly produced. 385 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Rare Advance Issue, Untrimmed and Unsewn. 13 untrimmed and unsewn signatures. Burgundy half morocco slipcase with chemise. Fine.

Item #345921

Pynchon's highly anticipated first new book after Gravity's Rainbow, which was published 17 years prior. Pynchon and his editor Ray Roberts made corrections to the proof up until press day, and no advance reading copies or uncorrected proofs were issued for this book, but Little Brown's publicity department needed something, so they did spiral-bind five photocopies of an advanced state. Those five and these eight sets of the printed book are the only advanced copies recorded. One spiral bound galley appeared at auction in 1997; another copy of this set appeared in 2003.