It's the Holy Grail for collectors of Stephen King books - a true first edition of Salem's Lot from 1975, the author's second book.
The presence and condition of a dust jacket is critical to a book's value in the rare book world, but this particular jacket is exceptionally prized. Sadly, we have none available.
After changing the book’s title from Jerusalem’s Lot, the publisher, Doubleday, made a last-second revision, altering the price from $8.95 to $7.95. Only a handful of copies featuring the original price escaped the revision (which manifested itself in cutting off the original price and then the stamping on the new lower price) - four is believed to be the magic number.
“I never kept abreast of the Stephen King market other than always checking on items I had recently acquired and was in turn about to offer for sale,” said David. “Then over six or so years ago, I heard a rumor that this dust wrapper was worth $20,000. I was surprised and doubtful of the veracity of that statement. Then about four years ago, someone indeed offered me $40,000 for my copy. I thought about it a bit and declined. That might have been stupid. But I have done stupid things in the past and will probably do so again. Time will tell. Then I read online how a well known Stephen King collector was offering his for $60,000 in 2006."
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A leather-bound copy with four Winchester bullets emerging from the front cover and the shell cases entering the rear of the book - signed by "Bachman" and dedicated to Harlan Ellison.
A first edition - one of 500 numbered copies signed by Stephen King and illustrator Michael Whelan.
A 1980 first edition signed by King with an aluminum-coated asbestos cloth and red calf cover. One of 26 copies. (Our friend David Aronovitz at The Fine Books Company assures us these asbestos editions are worth at least $15,000 today.)
Not one of the 500 numbered copies, but nevertheless a 1982 first edition signed by King and illustrator Michael Whelan.
First edition inscribed by King in 1982 to fellow horror writer Stanley Wiater: "All best from a very guilty (but determined) Stephen King."
A signed second edition of Stephen King's masterful tale of unspeakable evil.
Advance copy of King’s first book, the novel of the girl with a frightening power.
First German edition of Misery, bound in full calf-skin.
A never-read limited edition signed by King and artist Michael Whelan. No. 276 of 500.