A wonderful collectible in this condition. Stephen King, "The Stand" dj/HC Doubleday 1978, First Edition, First Printing. “First Edition” as stated on copyright page. T39 on pg. 823 as required and not price clipped, with $12.95 Price on inside of DJ still visible. NOT a Book Club Edition. Bound in black cloth over tan boards. Book Size: 6.25” x 9.5”. Protected in brand new Mylar clear covering. All original - vintage King. Condition One of the best First Edition books of this title and in better condition than most. A very original collectible copy in Fine/Near Fine condition. Protected in brand new Mylar covering. Minor edge-wear to extremities of dust-jacket. No markings, writings, or stampings. No attached bookplates or signs of any removed. No torn or ripped pages. A wonderful bright clean copy. Square and tight spine as shown. Most likely unread. Clean and straight boards. Overall, the book exhibits excellent qualities and would make a great addition to your Stephen King library. The book is in Fine condition. All photos of actual book. Book Information In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it. The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil. "I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke." There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book.