The Plant: Part Two (Printer's Proof) - Stephen King
Bangor, Maine: Philtrum Press (1983). The Plant: Part Two by Stephen King. Soft cover. pp. 36. No ISBN.
Rare "Printer's Proof" Of Part Two. One Of A Handful Of Known Copies.
Book Condition: Fine in green wrappers. Printed on Italian Fabriano Ingres paper by The Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vermont. Hand-sewn by Michael Alpert in Bangor, Maine with Irish linen thread.
“The Plant” was published privately by Philtrum Press starting in November 1982 and was created as an epistolary novel –in-progress to be distributed among friends of the King family as a Christmas greeting, in lieu of a more traditional card. They were never offered for sale to the general public.
Part One was sent out in December 1982, Part Two the following year and Part Three in 1985, with “The Eyes of the Dragon” (another Philtrum Press production) substituted in 1984. While originally intended to be a longer piece, it was ended prematurely due to the fact that Steve thought it was too much like the film Little Shop of Horrors, which premiered in 1986.
For each of the three years, Michael Alpert (designer) was responsible for printing 226 copies (200 numbered and 26 lettered) that were to be signed by Steve.
In the course of completing the required copies, Michael would receive "Proof" copies from Stinehour Press to inspect and check to make sure all corrections were made, prior to the final print run. These copies were never designed to be signed by Steve, but for Michael's inspection only. This is one of said copies. Michael has stated that there is no exact number of how many copies were made, but with only a handful of copies circulating over the past 30 years, and usually the same copies being sold, the number is very low.