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Stephen King "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger" Signed LETTERED Edition "AF" of only 52
Stephen King, "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger" Signed Lettered Edition "AF"

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Publisher: n/a
Edition: Donald M. Grant Publishers 1982
Binding: dj/HC in slipcase
Illustrator: Signed LETTERED Edition
Dimensions: Fine/NFine in Fine Slipcase

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Product Code: SK879

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�Many of my fictions,� King reflected, �refer back to Roland�s world and Roland�s story� My idea was to use the Dark Tower stories as a kind of summation, a way of unifying as many of my previous stories as possible��

One of the rarest and most valuable Stephen King books, this first edition of The Gunslinger is a prize for the discerning collector. Only 52 lettered copies were printed, and �AF,� presented now for the first time, is in excellent condition with no markings, writings, or stampings. None of the pages are torn or missing; the Fine dust jacket is not price clipped. The original publisher issued slipcase protects both the dust jacket and the hardcover book.

The Gunslinger is the first part of King�s epic The Dark Tower, inspired by Robert Browning�s poem, �Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.� This first edition printing, from 1982, is one of the most sought after Stephen King titles. Both King and artist Michael Whelan have signed the special limitation page inside the book, making it even more of a treasure for any dedicated collector.

Donald M. Grant Publishers 1982: Stephen King �The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger� Signed LETTERED Edition �AF� of only 52. "First Edition" as stated on the copyright page. This First Printing book has been personally signed by Stephen King along with the illustrator Micheal Whelan directly onto the special limitation page. Illustrated by Michael Whelan. Original publisher-issued grey cloth slipcase.

Currently the First Edition of "The Gunslinger" is one of the most sought after collectible books that Stephen King has ever written. This is the book that started the The Dark Tower series, of which King considers his magnum opus. The condition is better than most copies of this first printing title. A rare find in superior condition. Brand new Mylar covering is now on the book to protect your investment.

Condition: Fine/Near Fine in Fine slipcase.  A wonderful bright clean copy with straight boards. Free of markings, writings, or stampings. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed. A well-cared for book, protected from any potential damage. This book stands out as having had excellent care. Square and tight spine. Not price-clipped. Dust-jacket in Fine condition without any flaws or edge-wear. The book is very nearly fine with a small mark on opposite side of limitation page and very minor mark on corner of first inner page.

Correct First Edition - First Printing Markings:

* "First Edition" as stated on Copyright Page
* Dust-jacket price $20.00 and $60.00 (unclipped)
* ISBN 0-937986-50-X
* ISBN 0-937986-52-X
* West Kingston, Rhode Island 1982

Background & Publication

The novel was inspired by the poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning, which King read as a sophomore at the University of Maine. King explains that he "played with the idea of trying a long romantic novel embodying the feel, if not the exact sense, of the Browning poem." In March 1970, while a senior at the university, King began writing the novel on bright green sheets of paper. The five parts that constitute the novel were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction:

* "The Gunslinger" (October 1978)
* "The Way Station" (April 1980)
* "The Oracle and the Mountains" (February 1981)
* "The Slow Mutants" (July 1981)
* "The Gunslinger and the Dark Man" (November 1981)

In all, it took King twelve years to complete the novel. The finished product was first published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. as a limited edition in 1982. In 1988, Plume released it in trade paperback form. Since then, the book has been re-issued in various formats and included in boxed sets with other volumes of the series.

In 2003 the novel was reissued in a revised and expanded version with

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