The Gunslinger - Lettered Edition
West Kingston, RI: Donald M. Grant Publisher (1982). The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Hard cover. pp. 224. First Edition.
Rarest State Of The First Dark Tower Book - Letter "AC". Signed By Stephen King And Michael Whelan. Additionally Inscribed By Steve To Family Friend.
First Edition stated on copyright page. Original decorated tan cloth with brown gilt design. Un-clipped dust jacket showing Trade: $20 Limited: $60 prices. Illustrated end-papers and five full page color illustrations by Michael Whelan. Book condition: Fine. Dust jacket condition: Near-Fine with one 2mm white spot on base of rear cover.
The Lettered State of The Gunslinger is the rarest of The Dark Tower books. One of 52 copies Lettered A-Z and AA - AZ. These were never offered for sale, rather they were meant for personal distribution to friends and family of Steve.
The five stories 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)
It took Steve twelve and a half years to finish the novel. The finished product was first published by Donald M. Grant, Publishers as a limited edition in 1982 and a First Edition of 10,000 copies, which was very small for a King novel. The following year, after Pet Sematary noted The Dark Tower (1982) among King's previous works, many fans called the offices of King, Grant and Doubleday wanting more information on the already out of print book. That led to another run of 10,000 copies of the Second Edition. In 1988, Plume released it in trade paperback form, and since then fans have been able to read this great story in many formats.
Collector's Grade Copy.