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by Stephen King
1975 True First Edition
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The Holy Grail for Stephen King collectors - a true first edition of Salem's Lot, complete with original dustjacket

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.

Salem's Lot
True First Edition - Book flap depicts original price of $8.95
The Holy Grail for Stephen King collectors - a true first edition of Salem's Lot, complete with dustjacket
About 25 years ago, David Aronovitz from The Fine Books Company in Rochester, Michigan, sold three of those first editions of Salem's Lot with their original dust jackets for a pretty penny and kept the last one for his own personal rare book collection.

“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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Stephen King
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