“This is an uncorrected galley proof. It is not a finished book and is not expected to look like one... Uncorrected proof in this form, might be called pre-publicity proof. It was invented so that you, the reader, might know months before actual publication what the author and publisher are offering...”
EXTREMELY SCARCE UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, one of only 39 copies produced, of Vonnegut’s masterpiece; one of the classics of American literature.
Vonnegut “deserves full canonical marks for this kaleidoscopic koan of a novel about Billy Pilgrim, a man who has ‘become unstuck in time.’ Pilgrim ricochets helplessly from decade to decade, living the episodes of his life in no particular sequence, not excluding his own death, his capture by aliens called Tralfamadorians, and his traumatic service in World War II, when he lives through the firebombing of Dresden. Slaughterhouse-Five is a cynical novel, but beneath the bitter, grim-jawed humor is a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the 20th century” (Lev Grossman, Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels, 1923-Present).
“Slaughterhouse-Five arrived in the bookstores in 1969. Amid the disenchantment surrounding the Vietnam War, this tale of the innocent but decidedly unheroic World War II GI, Billy Pilgrim, hit a nerve and soared to the top of the sales lists. Approaching fifty years of age, Vonnegut became a household name, a rumpled, cigarette-wielding prophet to the younger generation” (American National Biography).
This uncorrected proof, preceding the first edition, is extremely rare: Crane Duplicating Service printed only thirty-nine copies.
New York: Seymour Lawrence/ Delacorte Press, 1969 (but actually November 1968 for the proof). Tall octavo, original card spiral-bound printed covers; custom box. With original review slip pasted to inside front cover. A few abrasions and spots of soiling to wrappers; neat (inventory?) number written on rear. A remarkable survival.
Price: $9,500 .