Stand, The (1978) - Signed by Stephen King
Doubleday, New York, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Stated First Edition, with the proper T39 code at the lower gutter of the last text page. SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the front end page: 'For George, With best wishes -, Stephen King 5/14/83'. George [Locke] was the owner of Ferret Fantasy Publishers in London and this book, along with several others were signed when Stephen was visiting in May 1983 to promote the UK release of "Christine".
Fine book: unread and 'very' tight, straight, clean, unworn binding edges and corners, the gilt on the spine is bright and sharp, and the spine itself has none of the concavity or creasing you normally find with this very thick book when it has been read. The page edges are clean, binding corners sharp. The Fine dust jacket has had 'no' restoration; it is priced $12.95, and is crisp, clean and unfaded with no chips or tears.
A collector's grade copy.
George Locke: Ferret Fantasy (London). Purchased from Forbidden Planet (London) - 1980
Gerald Winters: Sotheby's (London). July 2005
A fan favorite, Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.
A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.
Filmed as a multi-part mini-series for TV. Reissued in 1990 containing the few hundred pages that the publisher made King shorten the book by in 1978.
Inscription: "For George - With best wishes - Stephen King 5/14/83" (George Locke - Ferret Fantasy).