The Stand by Stephen
Identifying First Edition Points of Issue
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The Stand by Stephen King - First edition
points of issue.
Year Published: 1978
Copyright page: First edition is
specifically stated on the copyright page
First Edition Total Publication: Estimated
to be 70,000
First Edition Points of Issue: On the inner
margin of page 823 the code T39 is visible.
Size: 5.75" x 8.5"
Bound: Quarter bound in black cloth, gold
Dedication: For Tabitha: This dark chest of
Description: Arguably the greatest horror
novel ever written by the greatest horror novelist, this is a
true Modern Classic that was first published in 1978, and then
re-published in 1990, complete and unabridged, with 150,000
words cut from the first edition restored, and now accompanied
by unusual and imaginative line art. The total copies for both
editions, in hardcover and paperback, exceeds 4 million
The Stand is a truly terrifying reading experience, and
became a four-part mini-series that memorably brought to life
the cast of characters and layers of story from the novel. It
is an apocalyptic vision of the world, when a deadly virus runs
amok around the globe. But that lethal virus is almost benign
compared to the satanic force gathering minions from those
still alive to destroy humanity and create a world populated by
Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller who has the uncanny
gift of putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances,
giving readers an experience that chills and thrills on every
In 1990 Doubleday released a 400,000 copy 1st edition of the
"Complete and Uncut!" The Stand for $24.95. On the copyright
page you will see the words First Trade Edition, which was a
whopping 1,423 pages long. The uncut edition has a current
value of around $50.
The Stand First Complete & Uncut Trade
Edition Front Cover
Along with the release of the trade uncut edition Doubleday
also released a signed limited edition with illustrations from
Berni Wrightson. The limited edition release. including 52
lettered editions (labeled A-ZZ) with a current value of around
$3,500. The regular signed limited edition numbered 1 through
1,250 has a current value of around $1,900.
Coffin Box for
Wraps for Signed Limited Edition
The signed limited (lettered and numbered) editions measures
7.5 x 9.5 x 3.25 inches and is leather bound with gold and red
gilt lettering. The book comes in a black wooden box with a
plaque attached to the front "Stephen King: The Stand" stamped
on it. Because of the box this book is often refereed to as the
coffin edition. The design of the actual book has been compared
to an antique family Bible, originally the book comes wrapped
in wax tissue paper inside of the box.
The book was illustrated by Bernie Wrightson.
Wrightson began working on the artwork in 1984, and the
pen and ink drawings were copyrighted in 1990.
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