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Stephen King First Editions: How to Recognize One

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Anna is a writer, mom, crafter, movie buff. Her favorites are horror movies and horror stories, thanks to some inspiring parents.

Stephen King is a very recognizable name in the genre of horror fiction. Though, not all of his books fall into this category. His writing is very popular, and his books are in high demand. First editions are sought after by collectors, and avid fans. Some are more valuable than others, and some are very hard to find! But, how do you tell if that book you have is a first edition? In the more recent published books of his, it is a little easier, but for his older works, it can be a bit difficult. I will make it all easier for you! I will go book by book and give you all the information you need to identify Stephen King first editions. This will be updated as new books are released.

If you find you have a first edition, and are curious about the value, there are numerous places you can go to find out the value. Most bookstores that deal in rare books, collectible books, and that sort of thing, should be able to appraise the book for you. If you choose to sell it, they may also be willing to either buy it from you, or sell it on consignment.

If you have some that you just really don't want, I would be more than happy to take them off of your hands!!

Terms Defined

There are a lot of terms in here that some of you may not be familiar with. I will include pictures for reference, as well as a description. This guide is for trade editions only. Limited editions are sometimes published before or after the trade edition, and do not affect it's value. Obviously, limited editions are far more valuable, and I may cover these in the future.

  • Trim Size: Trim size is basically the dimensions of the book itself. This information is provided because often, Book Club editions of books tend to be smaller than the original. If you have a book that seems smaller than others, it very well may be a book club edition. "Book Club Edition" will usually be found on the inside of the dust jacket.
  • Dust Jacket: The dust jacket is the paper that is wrapped around the book. It is there to protect the book, and if missing, the value of the book is severely diminished. The dust jacket price can be found in the upper right hand corner of the front flap of the dust jacket. The code (if there is one) is found on the bottom of the front flap.
  • Binding Information: Binding information is important because not all editions of a book are bound in the same way. A full bound book will be all cloth, without paper boards. Quarter bound indicates a book that has cloth closest to the spine, and then boards. The colors are important, because, again, not all editions are bound with the same colors. Paste-downs are simply the pieces of paper that are pasted down to the inside of the book. The front and rear end papers are those pieces of thicker paper that are at the very beginning and very end of the book.
  • Copyright Page Information:

    Copyright page information is pretty straight forward. Most follow a numerical code to determine a first edition. The codes vary. If a code is present, all will start with a 1 or 10, except Black House which has the code "2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3". Most codes look like this:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

    10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    The easiest indicator is if it clearly says "FIRST EDITION" on the copyright page, and while sometimes they do, that is not always the case.

Dust Jacket Markings to Look For

Example of dust jacket price--graphic by AMB
Example of dust jacket price--graphic by AMB
Example of dust jacket code--graphic by AMB
Example of dust jacket code--graphic by AMB

Binding Information

Example of quarter bound book.  Cloth is in black and boards are green.--graphic by AMB
Example of quarter bound book. Cloth is in black and boards are green.--graphic by AMB
Paste-downs and front and rear end papers.--graphic by AMB
Paste-downs and front and rear end papers.--graphic by AMB

Copyright Page Information

Sample of copyright page information--graphic by AMB
Sample of copyright page information--graphic by AMB
Another sample of copyright information--graphic by AMB
Another sample of copyright information--graphic by AMB

The Early Years: 1974-1984

Let's start at the beginning. I will go book-by-book, and give you all the information you need. Terms are defined on the right of the text.

Carrie:Published in May 1974 by Doubleday. First edition run of 30,000 copies. 181 pages. Trim size is 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.9". Dust Jacket price is $5.95. The book is full bound in maroon cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear paper color in black. "First Edition" is printed on copyright page and "P6" is printed on inner margin of page 199. Current value: $1,000-1,800

'Salem's Lot:Published in Oct. 1975 by Doubleday. First edition run of 20,000 copies. 439 pages. Trim size is 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.25". Dust jacket price is $7.95/$8.95 (depending on state). The book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Edition" is printed on copyright page, "Q37" is printed on page 439. There are three dust jacket states to look for. 1) $8.95 on dust jacket, "Father Cody" error, instead of "Father Callahan". (this is very rare!) Current Value: varies 2) price clipped, $7.95, "Father Cody" error again. Current value: $700-900 3) $7.95 on dust jacket, "Father Callahan" correctly referenced. Code on dust jacket reads, "A NEW NOVEL" will have no anchor on spine. Current Value: $200-350

The Shining: Published in Jan. 1977 by Doubleday. First edition run of 25,000 copies. 447 pages. Trim size is 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.5". Dust jacket price is $8.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with tan boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Edition" is printed on copyright page, and "R49" is printed on page 447. Current Value: $200-300

Rage:Published under name Richard Bachman in Sept. 1977 by Signet. First edition run of 75,000 paperback copies. 211 pages. Trim size is 4.2 x 7.0 x 0.7". It was published as a paperback, so no dust jacket or binding information. Price listed as $1.50. "First Signet Printing, September, 1977" on Copyright page. code, "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9" on copyright page. Current Value: $200-400

Night Shift: Published in 1978 by Doubleday. First edition run of approx. 12,000 copies. 336 pages. Trim size is 5.75 x 8.5 x 1". Dust jacket price is $8.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Edition" is printed on copyright page, and "S52" is printed on page 336. Current Value: $550-750

The Stand: Published in 1978 by Doubleday. First edition run of 70,000 copies. 823 pages. Trim size is 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.9". Dust jacket price is $12.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with gold boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Edition" is printed on copyright page, and "T39" is printed on page 823. Current Value: $450-550

The Long Walk:Published under the name Richard Bachman in July 1979 by Signet. 244 pages. Trim size is 4.2 x 7 x 0.75". It was published as a paperback, so no dust jacket or binding information. Price is listed as $1.95. "First Signet Printing, July, 1979" printed on copyright page, and code "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9" is also printed on copyright page. Current Value: $60-80

The Dead Zone: Published in 1979 by Viking. First edition run of 50,000 copies. 428 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.45". Dust jacket price is $11.95 and code on dust jacket is "0879". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Published in 1979 by the Viking Press" is printed on copyright page. Also look for Viking's address (625 Madison Avenue) on both copyright page and dust jacket. Current Value: $40-60

Firestarter: Published in 1980 by Viking (Phantasia Press). First edition run of 100,000 copies. 426 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $13.95 and code on dust jacket is "0980". The book is quarter bound in orange cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First published in 1980 by the Viking Press" is printed on copyright page. Also look for Viking's address (625 Madison Avenue) on both copyright page and dust jacket. A limited edition was also published around this time by Phantasia Press. Current Value: $35-50

Cujo: Published in 1981 by Viking (Mysterious Press). First edition run of 150,000 copies. 319 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.2". Dust jacket price is $13.95 and code on dust jacket is "0981". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with tan boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Published in 1981 by the Viking Press" is printed on copyright page. Also look for Viking's address (625 Madison Avenue) on both copyright page and dust jacket. Current Value: $150-200

Danse Macabre: Non-fiction published in 1981 by Everest House. First edition run of 60,000 copies. 400 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.25". Dust jacket price is $13.95. The book is quarter bound in maroon cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "RRD281" is printed on copyright page. Current Value: $50-60

Roadwork: Published under the name Richard Bachman in 1981 by Signet. 274 pages. Trim size is 4.2 x 7.0 x 0.6". It was published as a paperback, so no dust jacket or binding information. Price listed as $2.25. Code "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $90-120

The Running Man: Published under the name Richard Bachman in May 1982 by Signet. 219 pages. Trim size is 4.2 x 7.0 x 0.6". It was published as a paperback, so no dust jacket or binding information. Price listed as $2.25. "First Printing May 1982" on copyright page, and code "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9" also on copyright page. Current Value: $35-50

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: Published in 1982 by Donald M. Grant. First edition run of 10,000 copies. 224 pages Trim size is 6.2 x 9.25 x 1.0". Dust jacket price is $20.00, some show 2 prices. The book is full bound in maroon cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers with colored pictorials. "FIRST EDITION" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $700-850. (Some copies of this edition were misbound, increasing value). 2nd printing run of 10,000 copies: has black boards with non-colored pictorials on end papers and only 1 price listed. Current Value: $250-325. Also various special editions (signed & numbered, slipcased). Values for these are in the $6,000-7,500 range.

Different Seasons: Published in 1982 by Viking. First edition run of 200,000 copies. 527 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $16.95 and code on dust jacket is "0882". The book is quarter bound in dark blue cloth with blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Published in 1982 by the Viking Press" printed on copyright page. Also look for Viking address (625 Madison Avenue) on both copyright page and dust jacket. Current Value: $40-60

Christine: Published in 1983 by Viking. First edition run of 270,000 copies. 526 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $16.95 and code on dust jacket is "04163083". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Published in 1983 by the Viking Press" is printed on copyright page. Current Value: $20-40

Pet Sematary: Published in 1983 by Doubleday. First edition run of 250,000 copies. 416 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.2". Dust jacket price is $15.95 and code on dust jacket is "1183". The book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in red. "First Edition" printed on copyright page, and "Y38" printed on page 374. Two dust jacket states include; 1) Caretakers listed as 1982 2) Caretakers listed as 1983. Current Value: $25-45

Cycle of the Werewolf: Published in 1983 by Land of Enchantment. Trim size is 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.5". No dust jacket price. The book is full bound in brown leather. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper pictorials. No special copyright notes. Later reprinted in trade paperback by Signet and combined with script for Silver Bullet.

The Talisman: Co-written with Peter Straub and published in 1984 by Viking. 646 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.8". Dust jacket price is $18.95 and code on dust jacket is "11182584". The book is quarter bound in red cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end paper in white. "First Published in 1984 by Viking Penguin, Inc." printed on copyright page. Current Value: $20-35

Thinner: Published under the name Richard Bachman in Nov. 1984 by New American Library. First edition run of 50,000 copies. 309 pages. Trim size is 5.8 x 8.75 x 1.2". Dust jacket price is $12.95 and code on dust jacket is "11125084". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Printing, November, 1984" on copyright page, and code "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $50-75

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CarrieSalem's LotThe ShiningRage (under the name Richard Bachman)Night ShiftThe StandThe Long Walk (under name Richard Bachman)The Dead ZoneFirestarterCujoDanse MacabreRoadwork (under name Richard Bachman)The Running Man (under name Richard Bachman)The Dark Tower: The GunslingerDifferent SeasonsChristinePet SemetaryCycle of the WerewolfThe Talisman (with Peter Straub)Thinner (under name Richard Bachman)
Carrie
Carrie
Salem's Lot
Salem's Lot
The Shining
The Shining
Rage (under the name Richard Bachman)
Rage (under the name Richard Bachman)
Night Shift
Night Shift
The Stand
The Stand
The Long Walk (under name Richard Bachman)
The Long Walk (under name Richard Bachman)
The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone
Firestarter
Firestarter
Cujo
Cujo
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
Roadwork (under name Richard Bachman)
Roadwork (under name Richard Bachman)
The Running Man (under name Richard Bachman)
The Running Man (under name Richard Bachman)
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
Different Seasons
Different Seasons
Christine
Christine
Pet Semetary
Pet Semetary
Cycle of the Werewolf
Cycle of the Werewolf
The Talisman (with Peter Straub)
The Talisman (with Peter Straub)
Thinner (under name Richard Bachman)
Thinner (under name Richard Bachman)

1985-1995

Still with me? I hope so!! I hope this will be a handy reference guide for Stephen King fans, and collectors alike. Let's keep going.

Skeleton Crew: Published in May 1985 by Putnam. First edition run of 500,000 copies. 512 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $18.95 and code on dust jacket is '8506'. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in brown. Code '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9' is printed on copyright page. "A limited first edition of this book has been published by Scream Press" on copyright page, but this is incorrect, due to the fact that the limited edition was delayed, and was not released until after the first edition. Current Value: $15-30

The Bachman Books: Published in 1985 by New American Library. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5". Dust jacket price is $19.95 and code on dust jacket is '10195085'. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. 'First (Omnibus) Printing, October, 1985' on copyright page and code '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9' printed on copyright page. Current Value: $50-70

The Bachman Books (paperback): Published in 1985 by New American Library. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5". Published as paperback, so no dust jacket or binding information. Price listed as $19.95. 'First (omnibus) Printing' on copyright page, and code '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9' printed on copyright page. Current Value: $30-40

IT: Published in 1986 by Viking. First edition run of 800,000 copies. 1,138 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 2.3". Dust jacket price is $22.95 and code on dust jacket is '09221086'. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in gray. 'First Published in 1986 by Viking Penguin, Inc.' on copyright page. Current Value: $100-150

Eyes of the Dragon: Published in 1987 by Viking (Philtrum). First edition run of 400,000 copies. 326 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 0.9". Dust jacket price is $18.95 and code on dust jacket is '02182587'. The book is quarter bound in cream cloth with green boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in green. 'First Published in 1987 by Viking Penguin, Inc.' on copyright page. Dust jacket has a scaled texture to it. First edition my be only edition to feature scaled texture. Current Value: $35-45

Misery: Published in 1987 by Viking. First edition run of 1 million copies. 310 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.1". Dust jacket price is $18.95 and code on dust jacket is '06182587'. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with gray boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in red. 'First published in 1987 by Viking Penguin, Inc.' on copyright page. Current Value: $15-30

The Tommyknockers: Published in 1987 by Putnam. 558 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $19.95 and code on dust jacket is '8711'. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with green boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in green. Code '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10' is printed on copyright page, and "Permissions to come" also printed on copyright page. Two different dust jacket states are; 1) author name in red. 2) author name in gold. Both have the same value. Current Value: $20-40

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three: Published in 1987 by Donald M. Grant. First edition run of 30,000 copies. 400 pages. Trim size is 6.2 x 9.2 x 2". Dust jacket price is $35.00. The book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers with pictorials. 'First Edition' is printed on copyright page. Current Value: $55-70. Limited edition run of 850 slipcased copies also released. These were signed and numbered by Stephen King and illustrator, Phil Hale. Current Value: $1,200-1,600

My Pretty Pony: Published in 1988 by Knopf (Whitney Museum). Trim size is 9.25 x 13.6 x 0.6". No dust jacket or binding information. "First Trade edition" printed on copyright page, which is inside the back cover. Current Value: $200-300

The Dark Half: Published in 1989 by Viking. First edition run of 1.5 million copies. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.3". Dust jacket price is $21.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in violet. "First published in 1989 by Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Four Past Midnight: Published in 1990 by Viking. First edition run of 1.5 million copies. 763 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.9". Dust jacket price is $22.95 and code on dust jacket is "0990". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in orange. "First published in 1990 by Viking Penguin" and code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page. First dust jacket state has SK in gold on front cover, and second state lacks the gold. Current Value: $25-35

The Stand: Complete and Uncut: Published in 1990 by Doubleday. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.4 x 2.5". Dust jacket price is $24.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in red. "May 1990" and "First Trade Edition" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $30-50

Needful Things: Published in 1991 by Viking. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 2.0". Dust jacket price is $24.95 and code on dust jacket is "1091". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with gray boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in red. "First published in 1991 by Viking Penguin" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands: Published in 1991 by Donald M. Grant. First edition run of 40,000 copies. 512 pages. Trim size is 6.2 x 9.2 x 2". Dust jacket price is $38.00. The book is full bound in red cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers with pictorials. "First Edition" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $40-60. A limited edition of 1,250 slipcased copies were released as well. They were numbered and signed by Stephen King and illustrator Ned Dameron. Current Value: $600-800

Gerald's Game: Published in 1992 by Viking. 331 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.1". Dust jacket price is $23.50. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in black. "First published in 1992 by Viking Penguin" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $5-15

Dolores Claiborne: Published in 1993 by Viking. 305 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.2". Dust jacket price is $23.50 and code on dust jacket is "0193". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in either white or gold. "First published in 1993 by Viking Penguin" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" printed on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: Published in 1993 by Viking. 816 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 2.25". Dust jacket price is $27.50 and code on dust jacket is "0993". The book is quarter bound in blue cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in blue. "First published in 1993 by Viking Penguin" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Insomnia: Published in 1994 by Viking. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 2.1". Dust jacket price is $27.95 and code on dust jacket is "1094". The book is quarter bound in light gray cloth with gray boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in gray. "First published in 1994 by Viking Penguin" and the code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Two simultaneous dust jacket states with red and white reversed were issued. Both have same value. Current Value: $15-30

Rose Madder: Published in 1995 by Viking. 420 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.3". Dust jacket price is $25.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in burnt-orange. "First published in 1995 by Viking Penguin" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-25. There was a different dust jacket for this book, that got rejected. There are believed to be a handful out there, and these are significantly more valuable than the regular book. They were more likely proofs, that having been rejected, were tossed out, and someone scooped them up.

Umney's Last Case: Published in 1995 by Penguin Group. 88 pages. It was issued as a mass market paperback, so no dust jacket information is available. Current Value: $20-45

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Skeleton CrewThe Bachman BooksITEyes of the DragonMiseryThe TommyknockersThe Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the ThreeMy Pretty PonyThe Dark HalfFour Past MidnightThe Stand (complete and uncut)Needful ThingsThe Dark Tower 3: The WastelandsGerald's GameDolores ClaibourneNightmares & DreamscapesInsomnia (has an alternate first edition dust jacket cover with the colors reversed.)Rose MadderUmney's Last Case
Skeleton Crew
Skeleton Crew
The Bachman Books
The Bachman Books
IT
IT
Eyes of the Dragon
Eyes of the Dragon
Misery
Misery
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers
The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three
The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three
My Pretty Pony
My Pretty Pony
The Dark Half
The Dark Half
Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight
The Stand (complete and uncut)
The Stand (complete and uncut)
Needful Things
Needful Things
The Dark Tower 3: The Wastelands
The Dark Tower 3: The Wastelands
Gerald's Game
Gerald's Game
Dolores Claibourne
Dolores Claibourne
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Insomnia (has an alternate first edition dust jacket cover with the colors reversed.)
Insomnia (has an alternate first edition dust jacket cover with the colors reversed.)
Rose Madder
Rose Madder
Umney's Last Case
Umney's Last Case

Stephen King talks about receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

1996-2006

Covering such a prolific writer requires a lot of time. We are getting close to his more recent works. Thank you for your time and patience with this labor of love. I hope this guide is helpful to you, and if you find any errors (I am only human, after all) please, let me know!

The Green Mile: Published in 1996, over the course of several months. It was published in serial form by Signet. Trim size is 4.25 x 6.9 x 0.4". Book is paperback, so no dust jacket or binding information. Price listed is $2.99 each for parts 1-5, and $3.99 for part 6. "First Printing, month, 1996" on copyright page. ( month= March for part 1 through August for part 6) Code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" also on copyright page. Current Value: $3-5 each. Other states also exist. These include a first hardback edition and a first complete set, as well as others. Values for these range from $15-40.

Desperation: Published in 1996 by Viking. First edition run of 1.75 million copies. 690 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.25". Dust jacket price is $27.95 and code on dust jacket is "0996". The book is quarter bound in tan cloth with light blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in red. "First Published by Viking Penguin" and code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

The Regulators: Published as a "lost" Bachman novel in Oct. 1996 by Dutton. 475 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $24.95 and code on dust jacket is "0996". The book is quarter bound in tan cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in light blue. "First Trade Printing, October 1996" and code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page. Current Value: $15-20

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass: Published in 1997 by Donald M. Grant. First edition run of 40,000 copies. 787 pages. Dust jacket price is $45. The book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers feature pictorials. "First Edition" on copyright page. Current Value: $100-150. Limited edition of 1,250 slipcased copies was also issued. They were signed and numbered by Stephen King and illustrator Dave McKean. Current Value: $900-1,100

Six Stories: Published in 1997 by Philtrum. Trim size is 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.9". There is no dust jacket. Only one edition exists. No price listed. This is kind of hard to find, and value varies.

Dark Tower Box Set: A box set of the first three Dark Tower novels was released in 1998, after the release of the fourth Dark Tower book. They had re-designed dust jackets and new pictures. They were released in a run of 11,000 copies. Current Value (individual book from set): $25-40. Current Value of entire set: $120-150

Bag of Bones: Published in 1998 by Scribner. 529 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in white cloth with burnt-orange boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

The Storm of the Century: Published in 1999 by Pocket Books. Trim size is 6.1 x 9.25 x 1". Book of the Month Club released a hardcover edition. Price listed as $15.00. "First Pocket Books Trade Paperback Printing Feb 1999" on copyright. Code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" also on copyright page. Current Value: $10. Also red leather bound edition released. Current Value: $20-30

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: Published in 1999 by Scribner. 224 pages.Trim size is 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.9". Dust jacket price is $16.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with gray boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15. Pop-up book also released. Current Value: $20

Hearts in Atlantis: Published in 1999 by Scribner. 528 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.0". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

The Green Mile (hardcover): Published in 2000 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.1 x 9.25 x 1.1". Dust jacket price is $25.00. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $15-25

On Writing: Published in 2000 by Scribner. First edition run of 500,000 copies. 288 pages. Trim size is 5.9 x 8.75 x 1". Dust jacket price is $25.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with yellow boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Secret Windows: Published in 2000 by Book of the Month Club. Trim size is 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.4". Price listed as $18.75. The book is either bound in black or white. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Book of the Month Club does not specify edition information, but as of now, only one edition has been published. Current Value: $5-10

Dreamcatcher: Published in 2001 by Scribner. 624 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.0". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in purple cloths with blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Black House (with Peter Straub): Published in 2001 by Random House. First edition run of 2 million copies. 625 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.8". Dust jacket price is $28.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Trade Edition" and code "2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3" (pay attention to this. Most first editions start with a number 1) on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Everything's Eventual: Published in 2002 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.75". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in light blue cloth with gray boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $30-45

From a Buick 8: Published in 2002 by Scribner. First edition run of 1.75 million copies. 351 pages. Trim size is 6.3 x 9.5 x 1.3". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in blue cloth with gray boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15. I have seen copies for sale for up to $300, and I am unsure why. Maybe it has to do with how unpopular this book was. Various limited editions were published by Cemetery Dance Publications. Values for these vary.

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla: Published in 2003 By Donald M. Grant (in association with Scribner). First edition run of 660,000 copies. 714 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.2 x 2.0". Dust jacket price is $35.00. The book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers feature pictorials. "FIRST TRADE EDITION" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current value: $10-15

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah: Published in 2004 by Donald M. Grant (in association with Scribner). First edition run of 650,000 copies. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.3 x 1.8". Dust jacket price is $30.00. The book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers feature pictorials. "FIRST TRADE EDITION" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $15-20

Faithful (With Stewart O'Nan): Published in 2004 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.3 x 9.2 x 1.2". Dust jacket price is $26.00. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower: Published in 2004 by Donald M. Grant (in association with Scribner). First edition run of 700,000 copies. 845 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.0 x 2.3". Dust jacket price is $35.00. The book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers feature pictorials. "FIRST TRADE EDITION" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

The Colorado Kid: Published in 2005 by Hard Case Crime. First (and only) edition run of 1 million copies. 184 pages. Trim size is 4.2 x 6.8 x 0.6". This was published as a paperback so no dust jacket, or binding information. Price listed as $5.99. Only one edition exists. Current Value: $15-30

Cell: Published in 2006 by Scribner. First edition run of 1.1 million copies. 355 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.3". Dust jacket price is $26.95. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

Lisey's Story: Published in 2006 by Scribner. First edition run of 1.25 million copies. 528 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.6". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is full bound in glossy pictorials. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $20-30. "Gift Edition" released by Quality Book Club after first edition was released. Slipcased and possibly smaller print run. It is considered a "book club edition" rather than a true limited edition or gift edition. Current Value: $15-20

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The Green Mile (hardcover)
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On Writing (nonfiction)
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Secret Windows (originally part of Four Past Midnight)
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Dreamcatcher. photo by AMB
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Everything's Eventual. photo by AMB
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The Colorado Kid (only released in paperback). photo by AMB
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Cell. photo by AMB
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Lisey's Story (unique cutout dust jacket). photo by AMB

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Blaze: Published in June 2007 as a Richard Bachman novel. 304 pages. Dust jacket price is $25.00. "First Scribner hardcover edition June 2007" and code "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10" on copyright page. Current Value: $10

Duma Key: Published in 2008 by Scribner. First edition run of 1.5 million copies. 611 pages. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.0". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with dark blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $15-20

Just After Sunset: Published in 2008 by Scribner. First edition run of 900,000 copies. 367 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.4". Dust jacket price is $28.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. First edition has black dust jacket with orange lettering. Current Value: $15-20. Scribner released a limited edition run of 25,000 copies, which had an orange dust jacket with black lettering, and included a DVD of the short story "N". Current Value: $35-50. There was also a UK limited edition of 500 copies. These were numbered and slipcased, and included a fascimile letter from Stephen King, as well as the DVD of the short story "N". Current Value: $75-100.

Under The Dome: Published in Nov. 2009 by Scribner. First edition run of 925,000 copies. 1,074 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 2.5". Dust jacket price is $35.00. The book is quarter bound in dark blue cloth with dark blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Scribner hardcover edition November 2009" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $20-35. (value may be slightly elevated due to popularity of the Under the Dome television series)

Blockade Billy: Published in Apr. 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications. First edition run of 10,000 copies. 112 pages. Book came with loose baseball card of main character. Current Value: $40-60

Full Dark, No Stars: :Published in 2010 by Scribner. First edition run of 1.2 million copies. 384 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.4". Dust jacket price is $27.99. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with light blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $10-15

11/22/63: Published in Nov. 2011 by Scribner. 849 pages. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 2.1". Dust jacket price is $35.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white/off-white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $15-20

The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel: Published in 2012 by Scribner. 320 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.25".Dust jacket price is $27.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Scribner hardcover edition" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: $15-20

Joyland: Published in 2013 by Hard Case Crime. Trim size is 5 x 8 x 0.75". This was published as a paperback, so no dust jacket price or binding information. Price listed as $19.95 US. Current Value: market price(due to newness of book)

The Dark Man: Published in 2013 by Cemetery Dance Publications. Trim Size is 8.75 x 5.75 x 0.5". Dust jacket price is $25.00. ISBN under dust jacket price. Book is full bound in black cloth. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Hardcover Edition" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. (copyright 1969 by Stephen King. This was written in 1969, but never published until 2013) Current Value: market price (due to newness of book)

Doctor Sleep: Published in 2013 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.75". Dust jacket price is $30.00. QR code on rear flap of dust jacket. Book is quarter bound in black cloth with red boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Scribner hardcover edition September 2013" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: market price (due to newness of book)

Mr. Mercedes: Published in 2014 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5". Dust jacket price is $30.00. Book is quarter bound in red cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Scribner hardcover edition June 2014" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current Value: market price (due to newness of book)

Revival: Published in 2014 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5". Dust jacket price is $30.00. Book is quarter bound in black cloth with blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. "First Scribner hardcover edition November 2014" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current value: market price (due to newness of book)

Finders Keepers: Published in 2015 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5". Dust jacket price is $30.00. Book is quarter bound in red cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers are white. "First Scribner hardcover edition June 2015" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current value: market price (due to newness of book)

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Published in 2015 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.75". Dust jacket price is $30.00. Book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers are white. "First Scribner hardcover edition November 2015" and code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. Current value: market price (due to newness of book)


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Book Values

I am not a book appraiser. The values for the books listed are estimates. A book's value fluctuates with the market for such items. Value is also affected by the condition of the book. Condition is everything!!! There are also other factors to consider. Foreign book values differ from US releases. Signed books are obviously more valuable. Please, use this guide as a starting point for determining value. It is not a definitive answer as to the value of your books.

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      Curt Bowman 2 weeks ago

      Hello Anna, First, great last name! Second, I have a box full of old

      S. King books that are all book club editions and the Exorcist. Are they worth anything?

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      Tyler Cobb 6 weeks ago

      I have the first editions of IT and Different Seasons. I was offered $5,500 for both. I turned them down. I really enjoy having first editions even though I didn't know that IT was at the time. I really could have used the money though. I didn't know that IT was the first edition until seeing this so I was shocked they offered me so much money, and still am after seeing their value is only around $200 combined.

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      Tori 3 months ago

      Hi Anna, Thank you for all of your information, It's been very helpful in sorting through my MASSIVE collection... I'm stuck though, on my Green Mile hardcover. It's by Scribner, But I have no price on the jacket. There's also no number sequence on the copyright page. The size is correct for a first edition, and the jacket says first hardcover publication... I'm just super confused by this particular book.

      I've been collecting Stephen King for a really long time, this one has just thrown me for a loop. do you have any other earmarks I can look for to help me identify this book as either a first edition or a reader? I already have the serialized books for The Green Mile as First Editions... I just like to have my collection complete. lol.

      Anyway, Thank you again for any information you can provide, and for all the information you have already provided on this site! Have a great day! Cheers!

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      Karen 5 months ago

      My husband bought copies of The Shining and Salem's Lot. He currently has book club editions and those are a lot smaller than these were so he thought they were not book club editions, but we noticed there is no price on the dust jacket. They do not indicate anywhere that they are book club editions. I apologize if you answered this, I saw a similar question but no answer. Could they still be book club, or are they possibly foreign editions. They are in english. Thanks for your help.

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      Beachcomber 5 months ago

      I have a first edition "Dolores Claiborne" that is bound incorrectly. The cover is upside down to the text block of the book.

      Would that be more collectible/valuable than the "normal" version?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 months ago from Florida

      You are welcome.

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      Kim stoner 6 months ago

      I have a first edition The Shining... book club edition. Can u tell me value?

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      opheliaeternal 7 months ago

      Thanks so much for your help!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 months ago from Florida

      If you double check, you don't need the words "First Edition" or the number line for Eyes of the Dragon. I have included that segment in this comment below.

      Eyes of the Dragon: Published in 1987 by Viking (Philtrum). First edition run of 400,000 copies. 326 pages. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 0.9". Dust jacket price is $18.95 and code on dust jacket is '02182587'. The book is quarter bound in cream cloth with green boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in green. 'First Published in 1987 by Viking Penguin, Inc.' on copyright page. Dust jacket has a scaled texture to it. First edition my be only edition to feature scaled texture. Current Value: $35-45

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 months ago from Florida

      Your's is probably a first edition. Sometimes the page count is off because they will count the end papers, as well.

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      Opheliaeternal 8 months ago

      This article has been so very helpful. Thanks for all the love you have put into it! I still have an issue to resolve and I really hope you can help. I have The Eyes of the Dragon, it has a textured dj. the cover boards are he correct color, the end papers, are white. All the publishing dates, and the amount of pages match up. The measurement of the book is correct. It is missing the words First Edition, and a Number Line. In the margin of Page 326 is typed "MP2S". So, do you have any idea what I have, there is nothing that says it is a Club Edition, or a First Edition, but it does have the First Edition DJ.

      Thanks in advance for any help!

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      Brett Parrish 8 months ago

      My copy of Gerald's Game matches everything in your description except that it has 332 pages instead of 331. Is this a mistake in your description or is mine not a first edition?

      Thank you for your help!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      With the older books, like these two, it's harder to tell without actually seeing them. If they have the dust jackets, search every corner of the dust jacket for a indication. Do they just have no price listed, or was that part clipped out? Some people, if giving those books as gifts, would clip the price out.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      Foreign editions are a different matter. In his early career, foreign editions would have come later, and are not true first editions, they are first Canadian edition or what have you. Having said that, there is a market for foreign editions, especially those in other languages.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      Jan-- I checked my copies of both books in question, and mine are the same. Dreamcatcher has 620 numbered pages, followed by the permissions page and a few blank pages. With HIA, I have 523 numbered pages, with a few blank pages following. The page count is just the number of pages in the book, not the number of numbered pages. As far as your first edition question, that is a bit more complicated. Publishers started using it around the middle of the last century. I have noticed that it wasn't fully adopted until much later. Having said that, if the numerical line (also known as a printer's key), starts with either a 1 or a 10, it is a first edition (depending on the number sequence, 10 9 8... or 1 3 5... or 1 2 3...)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      Trim size isn't super exact. I include the trim size mostly because other editions (like book club editions) tend to be far different in size. The difference of a tiny bit, say 6.56" instead of 6.5" isn't significant.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      Sadly, I don't. My best advice is to find a reputable book dealer. Otherwise, check out veryfinebooks.com They deal in first editions, and even have an entire section devoted to Stephen King. If they can't work with you, they may know someone that can.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 months ago from Florida

      I am not really sure. Having said that, without the dust jacket, that will drastically affect the value.

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      collectionoftheweird 9 months ago

      Thank you for the detailed listings, it is very helpful. I have two books, 'Salem's Lot and the Shining. Neither have prices in them or a copyright "run". They don't say they are book club editions, which would have been my guess. Can you tell me what I have? I apologize if you have already answered this, I read through some of the questions and didn't see this one. Thanks in advance.

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      Len Harker 10 months ago

      I have been a Stephen Kings fan since he published Carrie. I am in Canada and bought all of his Hardcovers the moment the came out in Book Stores. Almost all of the hard covers say first edition on copyright page but the important criteria is missing. The clipped corners or pricing on Jacket Covers and hidden page codes showing they are true 1st Editions. The cover art is what it is suppose to be in the first editions as well. I suspect a different printing was done for Canada. I have no Idea how to value them. I read the paperbacks and kept the hardcovers pages unturned. Please advise.

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      Jan 10 months ago

      This is a lot of information to go through but it is wonderful to have. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

      I heard that anything this side of 1980 that had the number sequence starting with 1 was a first edition. Is that true?

      I have 2 books in question that I know aren't worth much but would be nice to know for my collection sake. Dreamcatcher meets all of the criteria that you have laid out except the last numbered page is 620. There are 4 unnumbered pages before the final page and if you count those, it would be 624. Seems a silly thing, but do you know if that is the case? I have the same thing with Hearts in Atlantis. There are 523 numbered pages with 5 unnumbered pages making the total pages 528. With HIA, the size doesn't match. I know you have said that may mean it is a book club edition but the Book Cover Price is there and correct and the book is not significantly smaller. It measures 6.3 x 9.5 x 1.6. Both books have the 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 number lines.

      Thanks for your help.

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      Klector John 10 months ago

      I have several SK books that meet the criteria you described with the exception of the trim size. How specific is the trim size? For example: Dreamcatcher is not quite 6.5" across but has the 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the CP and Christine is not quite 1.6" thick but has the "First Published in 1983 by the Viking Press" on the CP and is quarter bound with black cloth and red boards.

      Thank you for your help.

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      Marianne 10 months ago

      Hello Anna Marie

      I am trying to sell several Stephen King books for my aunt en uncle, their Son died last year.

      There are about 70 american books, Some are first editions.

      I am living in the Netherlands.

      Do you know anyone nearby the Netherlands who would be interested?

      Thank you

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      imwatching 12 months ago

      I just picked up a 1st edition The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger for 5 bucks at a flea market. My question is that I know that it is a 1st edition because it says so. Book has no dust cover but is in excellent condition, my question is that it also states trade and deluxe edition with ISBN numbers, is it trade and deluxe editions also...just wondering.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 13 months ago from Florida

      I tend to exclude limited editions, as the normal first edition that is released around the same time is still considered a first edition. Limited editions are something different in my opinion, though they are still first editions.

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      Woolst 13 months ago

      (Edit) Hi Anna, firstly thank you for providing such an invaluable resource, it's greatly appreciated.

      You have listed that the Wind Through the Keyhole Scribner edition as being the first edition however the Scribner edition was published on 24th April 2012 while the limited edition produced by Grant was published in February of that year. At least that's always been my understanding. Wikipedia concurs but then that doesn't mean a whole lot!

      Can you confirm this?

      PS Just checked my Grant edition and it does have First Edition on the publication info page. Hope this helps.

      (sorry if you get this comment twice I hadn't checked my copy the first time, guess this comment is a second edition) X

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      Woolst 13 months ago

      Hi Anna, firstly thank you for providing such an invaluable resource, it's greatly appreciated.

      You have listed that the Wind Through the Keyhole Scribner edition as being the first edition however the Scribner edition was published on 24th April 2012 while the limited edition produced by Grant was published in February of that year. At least that's always been my understanding. Wikipedia concurs but then that doesn't mean a whole lot!

      Can you confirm this?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 14 months ago from Florida

      It's hard to say. This difference in color may be due to any number of things, like where each book was kept, it could be a dying error, or any number of things.

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      Jeff 14 months ago

      I have two 1st Editions of "The Dark Half". The author's name on the spine is different colors though; one orange and one yellow. It doesn't appear to be due to fading. Any insight?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 15 months ago from Florida

      David, let me double check my references, and I will change it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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      David 15 months ago

      There is a slight error above. For RAGE, the first edition says "First Printing, September, 1977." It does not say "First Signet Printing". Minor difference, but important.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 15 months ago from Florida

      Limited editions, often published by Cemetery Dance, and sometimes Grant, would have slipcases. They were part of the first editions, but not really.

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      Mary Stolp in Colorado 15 months ago

      Recently I have seen some of the "The Gunslinger - Dark Tower" series that was first handled by Grants Press, with Slipcases. When I Purchased my set from Grant I don't believe they had slipcases for the books. Can you tell me which is correct. Thanks

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      Anna Marie Bowman 16 months ago from Florida

      Older books tend not to have that. It is harder to tell. Look for other characteristics. A big thing to look for when determining if a book is a first edition, or a book club edition is size. Be sure to check for other indicators, as well. ISBN really only tells you the title of the book. It isn't really much of an indicator of what edition it is, unless major changes were made.

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      ddeukmajian 16 months ago

      Hello. I have a question on some of the Stephen King books i have. A lot of them do not have a print number on the front page. It ONLY has the year it was printed but no other info. One of them has the ISBN and the Catalog number.

      How can i tell which edition it is?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 18 months ago from Florida

      The price isn't on the front of the dust jacket, though. It would be on the inside of the front flap of the dust jacket.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 18 months ago from Florida

      It really depends on the book. Usually, a dust jacket price is included. If yours do not include them, or they are different prices, it might indicate a foreign edition, or a book club edition.

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      Marsha53 20 months ago

      I have several books that meet all of the criteria except that they have a bar code instead of a price. Are they still potentially first editions?

      Thank you for your time!

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      Marsha 20 months ago

      I looked at the comments to about 3 years ago. I have several books that seem to fit all of the criteria except the price on the front of the DJ. Mine have a bar code on the back of the DJ. Does that mean they are not first editions?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 21 months ago from Florida

      I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. I had some personal issues that took up a great deal of my time these past few months. It would be hard to verify the status of the books without seeing them. I will email you shortly, so that we can discuss this further. Again, I am sorry for taking so long to respond.

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      Kristy Bryan 24 months ago

      Hello Anna Marie, how can I get in contact with you? Do you have e-mail? I believe I have several first edition Stephen King books. If I could get a verification from you that'd be great. Im also very interested in selling some of them as well. I have a lot of questions so please send me an email. I don't usually put my e-mail up on a public forum but sometimes it has to be done. kristymason04@gmail.com I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

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      Jelena 2 years ago from Florida

      Really good information i was thinking of getting his whole collection of books eventually. It would be nice to get a first edition. Thanks for your article.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida

      ISBN# is the number assigned to a book, and does not denote a first edition. The collectors editions are more valuable, but it's hard to say. From a Buick 8 was not a well-received book, and seeing that it is still fairly new, it isn't all that valuable.

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      tee85 2 years ago

      Hello, I am new here. This is a great site,thanks for all you do. I am a SK collector as well. I was wondering what the extra value may be on books that are sealed? I have the following:

      IT 1st ed 1986

      Under the Dome Collectors ED (w/cards,etc)

      Blockade Billy(w/card)

      From a Buick 8 w/poster

      Cujo ( I believe is a BC ed no ISBN) all above are 1st as I could ck. isbn # TY so much

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      Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida

      Dark Visions is a compilation book, with short stories by several authors, including Stephen King, as well as George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones). The stories by Stephen King in the book are; The Reploids (only published in this compilation), Sneakers (also published in Nightmares & Dreamscapes), and Dedication (also published in Nightmares & Dreamscapes). The Aftermath is as of now, an unpublished work. Good Day Sunshine (also known as Sword in the Darkness) is another unpublished work.

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      lyndsey 2 years ago

      I would really like your help i would like to finish my collection but some books i do not know if its a novel or poems or even his book ie: dark visions the after math .good day sunshine please help me out. Thanks a million.

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      lyndsey 2 years ago

      I am collecting his novels dont matter if first edition or not but is your above list every novel he wrote i am just trying to figure out what books i still need. Thanks for your help.

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      Brian Jurgensen 2 years ago

      I just recently finished my collection of books and I wouldn't have been able to do it without all the hard work that you've put into this website. I've been wanting to collect all of his first editions for quite a while now and until I stumbled on your website I was unsure of what to look for. The first story of his that I read was Uncle Otto's Truck in 8th grade way back in the late 80's for a book report and I was hooked from there. Thanks to you I have first editions of all of his books now! I really appreciate all the time you put into this!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Noyes-- Without a dust jacket (which would say "Book of the Month Club" or "Book Club Edition", you pretty much have to go by the size of the book. If it is smaller than the size listed above, it is more than likely a Book Club Edition.

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      Noyes 3 years ago

      Can you describe a 'book club' edition of 'Carrie'? I believe it IS a book club edition, no dust jacket. Though the copyright says 1974, it's maroon, no black inside pages, and H18 printed on page 198/margin. Grazie

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      NicolasKL--Thank you for the information. Identifying a first edition can be difficult, when it doesn't clearly state "First Edition". I have a couple BCE's that I bought really cheap, just so I had them to read. They tend to be smaller in size than the regular editions of the books, so that's a good way to tell them apart. Also, they often say "Book of the Month Club Edition", or "Book Club Edition" right on the dust jacket. I included the Dark Tower box set because they were issued separate from the original first editions. I am not claiming them to be first editions, just providing more information on what else is out there.

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      NicolasKL 3 years ago

      Some more comments:

      King Fan: Red leather bound books were a book of the month club thing. I even remember seeing advertisements. Can't imagine they'd ever really be worth anything (other than what they're worth as a used book, of course), but they're great readers and look nice on the shelf.

      Also, I believe the three book Dark Tower box set you're referring to isn't quite what you're stating it is. Grant had leftover unsold first/first DT3s and they sold them paired with non 1/1 of the first two books along with a slipcase. I believe the DT1 is considered a 1st edition/3rd printing, while the DT2 it came with is considered an entirely new edition (new artwork, etc). The majority of the value of the box set is in the 1st/1st DT3, the rest is just used book market value and a nice slipcover.

      Grant also had leftover 1st/1st DT2s for quite a while. IIRC the story is that King only wanted the HCs sold by smaller book stores which is why their print runs were so small, so many copies of 2 and 3 remained unsold for years. By book 4 I think he capitulated and dropped the small local store requirement so the book sold out immediately. So all DT4s basically went immediately into the hands of readers, while many DT2s and 3s weren't sold until after they had already started to attain collectible status. Which is why DT4 is worth more than 2 and 3 despite having a larger print run and being newer.

      I bought both 2 and 3 1st/1sts brand new from Grant, well after 4 had come out.

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      NicolasKL 3 years ago

      In response to Stephen A and the one or two other people that seem to have similar situations: I'd say virtually 100% of the time if the book you've got doesn't have a price on the DJ that, at best, you've got a FE book with a BCE dust jacket. I've never heard of any ARCs or anything similar that looked like a first edition but without the price. And in many cases you've just got a BCE book in a BCE dust jacket, nothing FE about it. Especially Viking books. The "First published in 1986 blah blah blah" doesn't tell you anything from what I've seen, it doesn't differentiate between BCEs and the FEs because the Viking BCEs all say it too. Later Viking printings also say it (at least my 3rd printing of Christine does, but it also has a number line indicating it's a third printing). At least with IT, the gray end papers are really the best way to tell them apart, my BCE has white end papers. You can also tell the difference in font and in the paper used, but it's not something you could really discern unless you had both right in front of you. DJs are easy, obviously, because BCEs don't have a price. With the case of IT the BCE DJ also doesn't have a ISBN code on the front inside of the DJ while the FE does.

      Such as: http://www.ebay.com/itm/It-by-Stephen-King-1986-Ha...

      Says it's a FE with a non FE DJ. It's just a BCE, both book and DJ. Nothing FE about it, but certain sites that only mention the "First published" line lead people to make incorrect identifications.

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      Dave Crim 3 years ago

      Thanks for all the great work here. You're my "go to" page for assembling my own collection, which is up to 35 first editions with many more to go. I'd be lost without this page.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Jeff-- I am not sure. I am guessing it's a later edition. If it were a first edition, it would say "First Edition" on the copyright page, and the code would be R49, not R52.

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      Jeff Via Sr33 3 years ago from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

      I have a copy of The Shining. When going to page 447 it has R52 in the bottom left hand corner. I saw in your description of the book that the book is quarter bound in black cloth with tan boards. My copy is completely black, with Gold lettering on the spine. Question is, why is mine like this?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Greg--That is quite a collection!! I hope you find something good in there!!

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      Greg Lovell 3 years ago

      My wife has a box full of his books but don't know what they are worth she has 40 or so probably

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Andrew-- My guess is you have a later edition. Is Half Price Books a store that sells used books? If not, it is not likely that it's a first edition.

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      Andrew B. 3 years ago

      I just bought a hardback copy of Eyes of the Dragon at Half Price Books. It has the scale-textured dust jacket, but I can't find the jacket code or price, and the paste-down is white. Any ideas what I've got here?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Stephen--Contacting the publisher might be a good idea. The only thing I can think of is that it was a first edition that was never set for sale, as in a publisher copy, or something of that nature. I hope they are able to give you an answer.

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      Stephen-A 3 years ago

      I have an edition with and one without the price. Yes, everything else is the same except for the price tag. I gave you an example with Needful Things but I also have a copy of "The Eyes of the Dragon" (with the jacket code and textured surface) that has no price. As I said it is very odd. I have a few friends that have looked into it as well and have been unable to find an answer. At this point it is more of a puzzle - I plan on contacting the publisher and see if they might have an insight. If so, I will make sure to share. Thank you for your time!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Stephen A-- I am not sure why some would have a price while others would not. I just grabbed my copy of Needful Things off my shelf, and it has the price on the dust jacket. It is right on the inside flap, on the top. Everything else is the same?

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      Stephen-A 3 years ago

      Ms. Bowman,

      First of all, thank you for compiling this information - I have used it on several occasions to confirm some great finds in second-hand bookstores. I am a Stephen King collector and have 1st/1st of all books you have listed and some which you have not (e.g. Secretary of Dreams 1/2). I do have several books, that have all 1st/1st markings, such as jacket code, correct boards, binding and paste-downs, etc. but no price. One example is "Needful Things". I also have the same exact book with the price on the jacket. I have spent countless hours comparing the two and at this point cannot identify any other differences. Do you happen to know the reason for this and if the books without price can be considered a 1st/1st? Thank you again for your time and dedication!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      Hunter--Then I would think it would be the fourth printing. Though, if it is a limited edition, that would not make sense.

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      Hunter Niles 3 years ago

      my copy of skeleton crew has the limited first edition by scream/press but not the first 3 numbers it just says 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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      Anna Marie Bowman 3 years ago from Florida

      That is a photo that was used by Stephen King, and the publisher as Richard Bachman's photo. It is actually a photo of a man named Richard Manuel. He was the insurance agent for Stephen King's literary agent, Kirby McCauley. They needed the photo of someone who was around the age Bachman was supposed to be, someone they could trust not to reveal the truth, and someone who wasn't directly linked to King, himself. Of course, this was the book in which it was found out that King and Bachman were one and the same, so I guess it was all for nothing.

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      cateyez2 3 years ago

      Hello I have a question regarding the book "Thinner" I have a copy where the dusk jacket has an image of a man claiming to be Richard Bachman. Obviously not Stephen King. I've never read anything about this picture so I'm just curious. It's a New American Library edition, 1984 but no other matching info to what you have listed.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      lesliebyars--Thank you so much!! I know I need to update it. I have been so busy taking care of my baby, it has been hard to get that sort of thing done. Thank you for sharing this!!

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I have over 30 King books and he is awesome. Your hub was very insightful, voted up and tweeted my friend.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      I will have to double check, but you might be right. It can sometimes be hard to tell.

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      forecaddie 4 years ago

      Danse Macabre on cp could the code be "RRD28I"? Using a capital instead a 1. Thanks

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Steve-- I am only focusing on the first edition printed. Not every different edition that was printed after that. Yes, they did release a hard-cover edition after the original serial edition. It does not make it a true first edition, because the content is still the same. I included both versions of The Stand, because the unabridged edition was different than the original edition printed. I do need to update the info, though, because "Wind Through The Keyhole" was released recently, and I haven't gotten around to including that info. I have been rather busy, as I just had a baby. Please be patient with me.

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      Steve 5 years ago

      You need to update your info.. The Green Mile IS available in hardcover. I have a 1st edition, 1st printing Ina hardcover. After the series was published in paperback they released a hard cover version.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      It's hard to say. Book of the Month Club editions aren't worth much. And, of course, it all depends on condition.

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      jstlght 5 years ago

      Omg! I was pregnant in 1982 while reading Pet Cemetary. I woke up repeatedly with nightmares within nightmares and tears over Gage with his "milk white baby teeth", in my head. I would buy Stephens books as soon as they came out so probably Donated several first editions. I bought the red bound faux leather Book of the month club editions, until they discontinued publishing the set. Wish I'd kept the letter with my set. Alas.......Any idea on value of this small library of Stephen's? I love your site!

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      scott 5 years ago

      Hello, I have a question about Rose Madder. You mention burnt orange paper? My book seems to be a first edition but the pages are white. Everything else is correct. Also, removing the dust jacket, there is a red rose on the cover.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      E 20-- I am not sure on that one...let me look into it, and see what I find. You might be right...

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      5 years ago

      I'm pretty sure I have a 1st edition The long walk, but the copyright page says First printing,July 1979 123456789. Not first Signet printing July 1979. It is a Signet paperback book though. The price is $1.95 not $2.25 and has a number on the top right hand corner under the publishers logo "Signet 451 J8754 $1.95" I this becoming more confusing or what.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Steve--Look again...The Green Mile (hardcover): Published in 2000 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.1 x 9.25 x 1.1". Dust jacket price is $25.00. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page. It's there...

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      BookReader2007 5 years ago

      I found a copy of The Shining today in rather good condition and was told it was a first edition. It is the proper height and everything for a first edition. Black with gold lettering, Doubleday 1977 it does not have a dust jacket unfortunately. However the page code is R52. Is this a book club edition? If so any idea on value?

      Thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Greg-- Book Club editions tend to be smaller than the original editions. I have a few Book Club Editions, myself. They will also usually say "Book Club Edition" on the front, inside flap of the dust jacket.

      partspatti-- It was a lot of homework!! And I thought I was done with that after I finished school! I don't really know for sure about the value of that book. Since those are still fairly rare, even though it isn't a first edition, they should be worth quite a bit. Sorry to hear about the bookstore closing. My favorite used bookstore closed recently, as well. I did look, and there seems to be several other bookstores in the area. They might be able to get you in touch with someone who can put a value on your book for you. If I had to guess, and it would just be a guess, I would say that considering the market, and having not seen the condition it's in (which is most of what effects the value) I would say it might be worth anywhere between $100-400. I know that isn't much help.

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      partspatti 5 years ago

      Very very good article. You've REALLY done your homework. I have a 2nd edition of a hardback "The Dark Tower-The Gunslinger" and I was wondering if you have any idea of the value of it. Many years ago Bettes Bookstore in Bangor valued it at $350.; but they seem to be out of business now. Do you know off hand?...I was disappointed to read here that the book club editions aren't really worth much. That's what most of mine are. I'll start looking at yard sales. Thanks for the clues.

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      Greg 5 years ago

      We have two copies of Different Seasons. Both books are exactly the same. The dust jackets have the correct code number and the copyright page says "First Published in 1982 by the Viking Press". However, there is no price on either dust jacket. Articles I have seen suggest that these are book club books but how can you tell for sure? They are not quarter cloth bound.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Diana-- For signed books, and even some of your Stephen King books, you may want to check out veryfinebooks.com. They run a great site that sells rare books and a lot of autographed books by popular authors. You may want to check them out.

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      diphantom 5 years ago

      Anna..I've been investigating ebay and it looks like a good place to start, thanks for that. I also have quite a few signed books too (not SK unfortunately his still eludes me, waa) But Peter Straub (Black House, In The Night Room), Matheson, Ketchum etc.

      Thanks for your advice, I really appreciate it. I turned my sister on to your hub too since she's shared my King addition over the years and owns almost as many as I do. : )

      Diana

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Dave-- That is interesting. I know that not having the dust jacket does diminish the value. As to the error, it is strange that such an error was allowed to make it into circulation. Usually, that sort of error is caught, and the book is destroyed. I can't really say if that would add anything to the value. The condition of the book leads me to believe that it was a well read copy, though the error would make it a little hard to read (I would think).

      Diana-- I am sorry to hear about your financial troubles. As to where to take the books, there are several options. You can try to sell them on eBay. Some have had some success with that. Or, you can research a local book dealer or used book store. Sometimes they will buy the books from you, or they will sell them on consignment. I will tell you that the Book Club Editions aren't worth a lot. The older ones will still get you some money, though not the same as if it were a true first edition. Same goes with your copy of Thinner. There is some value, just not a lot. It is hard to find first editions of the older books, so some people will still buy the book club editions, so they have a copy. It is still old, and it still has some value. If you do find someone to sell your books to, make sure you do your research, talk with them, get some customer responses in regards to their fairness of price, professionalism, etc.

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      diphantom 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you for this fantastic hub and showing me I have a lot of SK 1st Eds. Been collecting SK and many other books for 30 yrs. I've a question though. You said it's hard to find 'Eyes Of The Dragon' 1st Ed in good condition. Mine is lovely. Also my 'Thinner' is oringinal: Copyright @ 1984 by Richard Bachman on cp, published simultaneously in Canada by New American Library. On the gorgeous cover, THINNER - A Novel by Richard Bachman.

      EXCEPT it's a BCE. I'm bummed out. So does that completely destroy the value then?

      Thanks so much.

      Di

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      diphantom 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Ms. Bowman I'm so happy to discover your site. When I began buying every book SK wrote since Carrie the minute they came out I never thought about the $ value, only that they were precious to me because I LOVE his writing so much and I never thought I'd ever sell them. HowEVER... thanks to the divorce taking much too long my finances are in the dumper and I find myself having to sell my large eclectic library. sigh.. I'm starting with my SK collection and thanks to your wonderful information I find I have many Stephen KIng 1st Editions. I find also that in the 70's when I was in high school then college and always broke I bought several of his books through book clubs I joined because it's cheaper. So several early ones say BOOK CLUB EDITION which I deduce from your info aren't worth much. Oh well. After college etc and I became successful financially of course I bought his books as they were released so they're 1st's and in beautiful condition. I have a couple of questions I'd like to ask you relating to certain books because I'm not quite sure if i'm interpreting your information correctly. Obvious ones saying FIRST EDITION of course aren't confusing but I'd really appreciate your input for others If you like I could scan and email covers and copyright pgs etc, but I don't want to be a bother. I just need your advice Also I'd like to know where the best place to sell them is Thank you so much Sincerely Diana

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      Dave 5 years ago

      Just wondering,

      I grabbed a first printing of : Needful things.

      Above, I read there's a lot of these floating around. It's in rough shape(has been well enjoyed many times)and is missing the dust jacket. This particular book has a manufacturing error ,wherein; during the binding process a section got folded at the inside corner. This section doubles inward on the upper side and has not been trimmed. Would an error like this affect the value.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Kitness-- I haven't had time to add in the information for Blockade Billy. I also haven't been able to find a copy of the book for myself...that bothers me, but I have tracked down the info for it, as well as the newest Stephen King book, 11-22-63! I will be adding them shortly when I have a little more time. The holidays are always a little busy for me, and I will get that up there the second I have a chance. I am glad that you found this information useful!

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      Kitness 5 years ago

      Hi,

      Thanks to this hub I now have 7 first editions. I also have 8 book club books I though were first editions until this hub set me straight. :) I do have a question. I have Blockade Billy but it isn't in the list here. Do you have the details for it? Thanks.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      someone-- I am jealous of your growing collection!! Great job!!

      Fred-- Thank you for the great compliment!! I worked really hard on this. I hope your mother has enjoyed her collection!!

      Jake-- Not sure what that means...maybe it was an export to another country...I am not sure...

      Martie-- My Pretty Pony is a hard one to find. Best of luck. As for 11-22-63...I don't have that book yet, unfortunately. I will get that information up once I have it. I hinted that I wanted it for Christmas, but who knows...

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      Martie Hart 5 years ago

      Hi there, so glad I found your Hub. There are a couple of books listed that I did not know about or have forgotten.... I have been a constant reader since "Carrie". I thought I had them all but I may be mistaken. These are Faithful and My Pretty Pony, got to find these two.

      Question: How do we know if his newest book, 11-22-63, is a first edition?

      Thank you Ms.Bowman for a FANTASTIC page! LUVIN IT!

      Sincerely,

      Martie Hart

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      Jake E. Stief 5 years ago

      I have the red jacket, white typeface edition of Insomnia. Everything about it seems to make it a first edition but on the dust jacket to the right of the code it says (Export). Does this make it a different edition or is it still a first?

      Much Thanks,

      Jake E. Stief

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      someone 5 years ago

      Ha now I got the other stand like the one u got displayed...1st edition, 1978! also eyes of the dragon,cujo 1981,dark half,christine1983,the dark tower1982,v11, dark tower 1st trade edition2003,the cell2006! Your display says the stand 1978 is worth a lot! How much ?

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      Fred Todd 5 years ago

      This was one of the best info resource articles that i have ever read. My mother is 76 years young and has every Stephen King book ever wrote. I must let her read this. Great job!!! Nice work Anna Marie Bowman.

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      someone 5 years ago

      Now i got misery,the stand (1st time and uncut),pet cematary,tommy knockers,nightmares and dreamscapes,firestarter,Dolores Claiborne,dreamcatcher,black House,to go with the regulator,and 2 other books I mentioned earlier! All are hard cover,couple first edition, and one paper back It book! Been a lucky day for me but might of spent to much...but maybe down the road I will sell them! Read firestarter yrs ago and might get around reading the other King books!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Shannon-- I am glad that I was able to share my love of Stephen King with you, and others, and that you have found a lot of great books! Thank you for sharing the info on the website! I will have to bookmark it, and check it out.

      someone-- You are off to a great start!! I will tell you, though, Bag of Bones without the cover won't be worth much. Even with the cover, it isn't worth a whole lot, because it is one of his more recent books. It is a great read, though, and I saw that there is a movie version coming out on A&E in December. So looking forward to that!!

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      someone 5 years ago

      ha now I got bag of bones 1st edition without cover, four past midnight with cover,to add to my desperation, and regulators! Never read them...! Maybe I'll get lucky and find more stephen king 1st edition books!

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      someone 5 years ago

      Ha! I got the 1st edition of desperation,and the regulator! Never read the books picked the books up somewhere a few yrs ago ...gee they got dusty and had spider webs on them...might auction them off on ebay or keep them in a dust free area!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Vic-- You may be right, for certain publishers. However, I have bought Stephen King books the day they come out, knowing they are a first edition, and it started with a '10'.

      Dark Score-- It might be. Depending on the market. US collectors tend to like foreign editions because they are harder to find over here. A book club edition might be worth less, though. I can't really tell you an exact value, though.

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      Dark Score 5 years ago

      Hi Anne Marie,I have a French edition of the out of print Bachman book Rage. Do you think it might be worth anything? I'm not sure but i think it might be a bookclub edition.

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      Vic 5 years ago

      Hi, I'm no expert, but I've been collecting books for decades and everything I've heard about misbound books (the upside down ones mentioned earlier) say that they're not particularly valuable. In fact, they may hurt the value. I've seen dozens of such books.

      Also, the book with the "10" on the number line is probably the tenth printing of the first edition. This last usage confuses the issue; many people wouldn't call this a first edition, and it would be dishonest, but technically correct, to sell this to a collector as a first edition. (Publishers might say it's a new edition only when they redo the print setting.)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Kimster66-- I am excited!!! I have been hoping for this for years!! I have even been tempted to make a trip up to Boston or Maine, where he usually does book signings, but since he is making the trip down here, even better.

      Gerry-- Book Club Editions are not usually worth much, but it is probably worth a few more dollars than what you paid for it.

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      Gerry 5 years ago

      Hi, I found a Creepshow Book Club Edition at a garage sale for $1.00 Are Book Club editions worth anything???

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      Kimster66 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for your input.

      I am so jealous you will be able to get his new one signed. That would have been a no-brainer for me b/c I am excited about this book. Bummer that it won't be out yet. Well, I have a few days to figure it out. Thanks again and happy reading!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Kim-- I am planning on going to a book signing in November, and I am struggling with the same thing. I would take your favorite book and have that signed. Anything signed by King is valuable, because he does signings rather infrequently. I figure I will just have him sign the new book that comes out around the time I go...'11/22/1963'. Really looking forward to it! Have fun at the signing, and like I said, anything you get signed is ultimately more valuable, just because he signed it.

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      Kim 5 years ago

      Hi. Thanks so much for offering this information. It has been very helpful. I have a question for ya. Next week I am going to a Stephen King book signing. I cannot decide what book to take to have signed. Idealy I would love to have a First Edition Carrie signed but unfortunately my Carrie was purchased at a book fair and it is a leftover from a BOMC :( So, the only early book I have in first ed is Pet Semetary but it is not in great shape. I do have The Gunslinger in trade soft cover that is a first edition. Also most of his books from The Tommyknockers to his most recent are all first editions. I also have The Stephen King Universe signed by all 3 authors. Do you have an opinion of what would be the best & possibly most valuable to have signed?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      amy-- you are the second poster to pose a question about a book that has been bound upside down. I have never seen or heard of this before. I imagine it would be worth something, even if it isn't a first edition. Anything that has been done in error, usually ends up being a rare accident, and therefore is worth money. The more rare something is, the more money it would be worth. I could not tell you how much, though. As I said, I had never heard of this before I received a previous post about it.

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      amy 5 years ago

      Can anyone tell me if a copy of Misery, bound upside down is worth anything? thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      The publisher on yours is listed as Scribner? It should have the full code, not just a ten.

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      Karen 5 years ago

      Anna,

      I have a question about my copy of "Under The Dome". The copyright page states "First Scribner Hardcover Edition November 2009" and The Number Line is simply "10". Your points of issue are different, but my version also clearly states first edition. Can you clarify this for me at all?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Karen-- I have the same problem...I tend to buy a book even when I know I already have it, maybe it's in better condition, maybe it's a first edition, or maybe I forgot that I already had it. Sometimes I buy a book I know I already have just because it's a great deal. I have several that I also have several copies of, as well. Thank you for posting this, and I hope there is someone out there looking for a few books.

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      Karen 5 years ago

      Hi Anna, just a quick post to your other readers - I have many first editions, a few BC editions and a few 2nd/3rd printing Stephen King books in my personal collection that I plan on selling. I just happened to collect more than 1 copy of many of these books during quests at yard sales, etc. for first editions and obviously don't need more than 1 copy. If anyone is interested and wants to know what I have available, I will be happy to give them my info. Thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Karen-- Thank you for this information!!! I will have to check it out, and then add it to the info I already have. As for your copy of "The Dead Zone", you are correct, it is a third printing, so not a true first edition, still a great find! Still looking for a first edition of that book, myself...Again, thank you for this information!!! I will post what I find out.

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      Karen 5 years ago

      OK, I have discovered some interesting points of reference on "The Dead Zone".

      First Edition - VERSION 1 - First Published in 1979 by Viking Press - 625 Madison Ave New York, New York 10022. This version has SK embossed on the front cover board. All other POI are just like you state.

      First Edition - VERSION 2 - First Published in 1979 by Viking Press - 40 West 23 Street New York, NY 10010. This version DOES NOT have SK embossed on the cover board. All other POI are just like you state.

      Now, I also have a copy that is exactly like VERSION 1 above but also lists the NUMBER LINE "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3". I am assuming because there is a 1 in the number line that it means 1st edition, and the 3 at the end means 3rd printing?

      Anyway, wanted to give you all this info I dug up. Seems like there are TWO versions of First Editions floating around and I want to know which one came 1st? Or does it not matter?

      Thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- You are right. It is pretty rare. I haven't seen one yet. I keep looking though. It should be worth something, though considering the condition, it might be hard to find a serious collector who would want it. Remember, it's all about condition, and rarity. You may find a buyer based on the rarity alone. It's one of my favorite books!

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      Art 5 years ago

      OK, then I got one more for you!

      Rage PB, meets all first edition criteria

      It's in rough shape though

      A small part of each cover is gone, the rest is creased and in well worn condition

      And there is writing on the inside, it's in rough shape all around, but I'm hoping the rarity makes it still worth something?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- No problem!! In fair condition, you could get anywhere from $60-100. That depends on the exact condition, based on what a book dealer puts the condition at. The strangest little things affect value.

      GG IN TX-- No problem. That is odd. I can't find anything about it. It's as if you have the only copy like that? Probably not, but who knows. I can't check my copies, because they are boxed up. Now I want to dig them out. Since it is an obvious error, it should be worth a decent amount of money. I wish I could tell you more, or knew more...

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      GG IN TX 5 years ago

      hey, thanks for the quick response on my upside down book, sorry it's taking me so long to reply. The actual hard cover of the book, both front and rear, was put on upside down. If you were to read the book, close it and turn it around to look at the binding, the word Scribner and the symbol would be upside down at the top of the binding. I hope I'm explaining this OK, and not making it worse. But I guess it was just one of those things that slipped through quality control or something. I've never heard of that before either which is why I'm really curious what it might be worth. Thanks again for the help!!

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      Art 5 years ago

      Sorry to keep bugging you, but how much would you say a decently read copy of Creepshow is worth?

      I'd put it's condition as fair

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- I can't say for sure on your copy of Different Seasons. Check for a code on the copyright page, or some indicator on that page. DJ codes are handy for certain references, but are a tad confusing. As for your Dark Tower books...You may have something there. I can't say for sure without seeing them. Most of my early ones are from Plume, and not worth much. Great artwork, though. Again, check out the copyright page for the most useful information.

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      Art 5 years ago

      Also, I'm noticing that my entire 7 book DT set seems to be special, lot of Donald Grant on them, is this normal or do I have something special that will bring more money?

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      Art 5 years ago

      I have a copy of Different Season, but the numbers vary from the first, was hoping you could help me decide which release it is?

      DJ price: 18.95

      DJ code: 08182582

      Still says first published in 1982 by viking press

      Outer of book is two shades of blue while end pages are white

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      kparisi6-- It probably isn't a first edition. If some of the things match up, but not all, then it is likely a second printing.

      Art-- Best of luck. I am always looking for King books. Sadly, I am incredibly broke, and can't afford my book habit. LOL!

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      kparisi6 5 years ago

      Hello! I have stumbled upon your article and find it extremely helpful. Between your site and The official Stephen King site, I can identify 1st editions quite easily now. I do have 1 book that is giving me raised eyebrows that I simply cannot completely identify. I'm hoping you can help.

      PET SEMATARY - DJ has every requirement of the 1st Edition. The book however is different. It is Full Bound Black with red paste downs. Copyright is Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City New York 1983. ISBN 0-385-18244-9. CP does NOT say 1st Edition. Epilogue Page 374 has print code "Y43". What is this? Possibly a 2nd printing where someone put the ist edition DJ on it?

      Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      Thanks! Karen

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- There is a book dealer in your area. Can't personally vouch for them, but did the research for you, it's called Hill Shop Paperbacks. If they can't value the collection for you, they may know of someone who can.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- It depends on where you are. I am sure if you talked to your local library they may be able to help you. Check with a used book store. They are often great about that sort of thing, and may even want to buy your collection. A website to check out would be, veryfinebooks.com. They deal in rare books, first editions, etc, and have a whole category devoted to Stephen King.

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      Art 5 years ago

      I'm going to be selling my collection off and was wondering if you knew of anyone who could definitively help me catalog my books to make sure of edition # and whatnot?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      jay-- It's probably not a first edition, then. What about the other code, the "R49" on page 447? Is that there?

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      jay 5 years ago

      I just found the shining published by doubleday copyright 1977. don't have the dustjacket but itis bound with blackcloth and tan boards and measures9 1/2x6 1/4. doesn't say first edition or anything except library of congress catalog card # 76-24212

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      Mike 5 years ago

      Thank you very much. I don't think I would ever sell my Stephen King Hardcover collection, but it's good to know for sure what I have. I've got about 25 other hardcovers that seem to be true first editions, so that's good. Again, thank you for all your help.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Mike-- Your copy of Needful Things is a second printing. It is not a true first edition. Even if it was, that is a newer book, and not all that rare. I have two copies of the book, both first editions, and they are worth about $15-20 a piece. And, seeing that it is missing the dust jacket, even if it had been a first edition, it would not be worth much. As far as your copy of Dolores Claiborne...again, missing dust jacket greatly affects the value. The size seems consistent with a library or book club edition. It might even say "Book Club Edition" on the inside of the dust jacket, if you had one. I hope this helps!!

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      Mike 5 years ago

      I also noticed my copy of Dolores Claiborne contains all the criteria inside (missing jacket) except that it measures in at 5.87 x 9.5 x 1.25". Any help you could offer with this would be wonderful. Thank you.

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      Mike 5 years ago

      My edition of Needful Things is missing the 1 in the code on the copyright page, but everything else matches. Does this mean it's not a first edition, or is it an error? I am missing the dust jacket.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      GG IN TX-- What exactly do you mean when you say it was printed upside down? Is the dust jacket just on upside down, or is the actual front cover of the book printed upright, and all the text inside is upside down? I don't entirely know what you mean. I have never heard of that existing, but it is possible. If so, it would be worth a decent amount of money. Anything that was an error, or mistake, misprint, that sort of thing, is worth more than a normal copy without errors.

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      GG IN TX 5 years ago

      I have a first edition copy of Everything's Eventual that was printed upside down. I went back to the bookstore days after I realized what I had to check out all the others and could not find another like it. Just curious if anybody knows what something like that is worth or who I could find out from. Thanks!!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Jonathan-- Best of luck on finding some nice first editions. I can't wait for 11/22/1963 to come out!! Turns out, King is going to be in my neck of the woods doing a book signing in November!!! So excited to get a book signed!!! I will post a pic here when I do!

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      JonathanSKFan 5 years ago

      Just started my collection of King Novels. I am going to pickup a lot of 31 HC novels this afternoon (crossing my fingers for Firsts, but am happy to get a couple HC of IT, Pet Sematary, and The Shining). My collection is currently pretty decent in that I have 22 1sts. I thank you very much Anna Marie for putting this together! Looking forward to your update on 11/22/1963.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Brian-- The ones that are book club editions won't be worth much...maybe around $5-10, depending on the age of the book. Also, I am sure that being that they were in a library, there are library stamps, and other such things that will diminish the value. They really wouldn't be worth much, but are great for reading!!!

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      Brian 5 years ago

      I have recently received 20 or so hardcover King books from a family member who works in a library. Most are book of the month copies. The sad thing is none of them appeared to ever even been opened. I don't know if they were stored and never put on the shelf because of objectionable material. (This library is in small town very conservative WI). Regardless, they range from as old as Carrie to as new as Cell. Any thoughts on the older ones values? I'd never sell them, but I may store them a little differently. Great site!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Keith-- Glad I could help you out. That is exciting!! I am glad you found some first editions in your collection! Come back when I have a pricing guide up, and maybe you can see if you have something of great value. I have somewhere around 15-20 first editions, counting duplicate copies of some books.

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      Keith 5 years ago

      I came here to find out whether the Stephen King books I had were First Edition. According to your guide and multiple other sources I managed to find NINE First Edition Stephen King books. I actually need to head back to that store because there were another one or two there that are also First Edition, I just forgot to grab them the first time.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Jessie-- I don't usually email people back from my email account, but I can answer your question here. While it is a fun piece to have in your collection, it isn't really worth a whole lot. Maybe around $15-20. If you can find the right buyer, they may be willing to pay more, if the condition is as good as you say. Pop-up books are hard to keep in really good condition. I hope this answers your question.

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      Jessie 5 years ago

      Have a question. I have a Stephen King Pop-Up book called, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon." No dust jacket (I don't know if it was supposed to come with one), no tears in any of the pages, hard covered book. All of the pop-ups come up great with the turning of each page. No visible tears or bends (to what I can see) on any part of the book. The back of the book (where UPC code is) says First Edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

      First Little Simon pop-up edition 2004. Can anyone tell me if this book has any value or not? Please email me

      red_on_top85@yahoo.com

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- I am pretty sure what you have is the very sought after limited edition of the book that Grant put out. It is worth a good amount of money. A few hundred, depending on the condition.

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      Art 5 years ago

      ISBN is on front dust jacket of book, it's 0937986-50-X

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      Anna Marie Bowman 5 years ago from Florida

      Art-- not sure...is this the ISBN#: ISBN 0-8488-0780-4? If so, it's the first edition. The ISBN should be on the back of the book.

      Joseph-- You are right. That was just an error on my part. Not sure why I put red instead of orange...fixing it now, thank you!!!

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      Joseph 5 years ago

      Hi Anna,

      Four Past Midnight Meets all the criteria for 1st Edition except for the paste down pages. They are in orange not red as you state. Does this mean it is not a first edition? Thanks for you help.

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      Art 6 years ago

      Recently picked up a HC Gunslinger, cover has Roland and Jake on the cart with a slow mutant hanging on to Jake's leg

      Jacket price is $20, inside it only says Donald Grant publishers, has no code of any kind, just acknowledgements

      Any thoughts

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Jim-- I had a little trouble finding that out, myself. All I can seem to find is editions in paperback. They aren't worth much. A first edition of Night Shift can run between $500-700 dollars, in a good market, and foreign editions tend to be collectable, and valuable. If I had to put an estimate...I would say in the $300 range, give or take...depending on condition, market, etc.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      king collector--If only I had $80,000...I might take you up on that offer. Of course, that would depend on the number, condition, and value of the books you have. And there is the little matter of not having 80 grand. I hope you find a buyer for all the books.

      andrew-- A lot of money...not sure if it's a good deal or not...probably not. With several foreign releases, it might be worth about 10 grand.

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      king collector 6 years ago

      hi massive first edition collection for sale all first ed in both u.k and u.s plust german and french first eds +2 limited ed slipcased books as well + two proofs one of IT one of prime evil hate do sell but need the cash email me at yogi_bear_78@hotmail.com for further info genuine interest only will sell all 140 books for $80,000

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      andrew-- Thank you for reminding me. I haven't had the time to add that one, but I will very shortly. Sorry for the delay!

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      andrew 6 years ago

      which one i ment is (full dark no stars)

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      andrew  6 years ago

      sorry i made a mistake wrong book :( you already have that one.

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      andrew 6 years ago

      hey i got a question can you add the book under the bome by stephen king

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      teamsparky-- Any markings not original to the book (aside from an autograph by the author) do diminish the value of the book. Also, if they put that plastic protector sheet over the dust jacket, that would diminish the value a little as well, I think. Though, it does a great job of protecting the condition of the dust jacket.

      John-- If they don't meet all the requirements, they are more than likely not first editions. Book Club editions usually are smaller in size, and don't include the price on the dust jacket. I am not sure about later editions, if they have the price on the dust jacket, or not. I would assume that they are later printings of the book.

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      John 6 years ago

      Great info. Quick question? I just bought Carrie, Pet Sematary and Cujo...probably not first editions but meet a number of your criteria including size. However, none of the books have a price(not clipped) on the jacket. Any idea if these are just later printings of the first edition? Thanks.

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      teamsparky 6 years ago

      Hi again Ann Marie I love reading your hub - Just a quick question...

      I came across a first edition SK book of Carie in VG+ condition for sale at my local library however, it is stamped (ink) with a library id. Does devalue the book somewhat?

      Thanks again.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      funmontrealgirl-- Glad you enjoyed it!!!

      Adoba-- Dust jacket condition does affect the value. If it is a true first edition of the first, edited version of The Stand, that price is reasonable, even considering the condition of the dust jacket. Just make sure it is a true first edition.

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      Adoba 6 years ago

      Hi, I was wondering about how much the dust jacket affects the value of Stephen Kings novels. I have a friend with a first ed The Stand, spine in good condition, pages good etc but the dust jacket is pretty broken up around the spine. He wants about $120...

      Thanks for any comments!

      A

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      Anna, I envy you for knowing so well about my favorite author and his books. This is really a well-written and well-researched hub. I love this hub so much. Thank you!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      nrj1986-- Thank you!!! I have been busy moving, and haven't had the time to add that one!!!

      amanda-- I am not sure. What book is it? What condition is it in? Where are you located? And, the most important question...how much do you want for it?? I have been compiling book values, to add to this hub, but haven't gotten them all done.

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      nrj1986 6 years ago

      Hi. just wanted to give an update for "Full Dark, No Stars" as I see you have not added it yet.

      Published in 2010 by Scribner. Trim size is 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.4". Dust jacket price is $27.99. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with light blue boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

      Also, I have a question about "Four Past Midnight"

      You State: Published in 1990 by Viking. Trim size is 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.9". Dust jacket price is $22.95 and code on dust jacket is "0990". The book is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in red. "First published in 1990 by Viking Penguin" and code "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page. First dust jacket state has SK in gold on front cover, and second state lacks the gold.

      On my copy, Everything matches up (Including the Gold SK on the cover) except for the paste downs in my copy are not Red, they are Orange. All numbers match, including the "first published in 1990 by viking". Any Ideas? thanx. Also, my copy of The Tommyknockers meets all your criteria except it does not have "permissions to come" on the copyright page.

      Any info would be greatly appreciated. THNX!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Jean-- Those are all great books!! Glad you found this useful. Updates are coming soon, as there are new books to add, and hopefully, a general value reference.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow, I have a first Edition of Different Seasons, Lisey's Story and Duma Key. I have a few older books, but they were BOMC ones with no prices. You did a great job putting this all together! A pleasure to read!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Jay-- Carrie and The Stand are very hard to find in first editions. I have an old copy of The Stand that at first glance I thought was a first edition, but upon closer inspection, it ended up not being so. They are very hard to find, so best of luck!!

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      jay 6 years ago

      I love this hub. I'm the same Jay who found the Creepshow. I just wanted to let u know my latest find. I picked up rose madder n regulators proofs this weekend. Had far as 1st editions I am only missing Carrie rage n the original the stand.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Shannon-- Yeah, it really was quite a journey, and I was a little disappointed at the ending, but in a way it all made sense...in a messed up way.

      Denine-- I am not sure what that means. I'll have to do a little digging and see if I can find an answer for you.

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      Denine 6 years ago

      My copy of Cell meets all of the criteria you listed to be a first edition except that it is bound in red cloth and black boards and not vice versa as you have listed. What does this mean? Wonderful hub! Thanks for all of your hard work! I have 4 first editions.

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      The Dark Tower series is very good. A little TOO offbeat (Jake and Oy switching bodies comes to mind, lol) sometimes and the ending definitely seemed tacked on ... But man what a journey.

      I'd like to continue talking to you about our mutual obsession. :)

      sgaisserindiego@yahoo.com

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Shannon-- Yeah, they are in boxes, as I don't have a place to put them right now. It makes me sad. I have read that story, and I loved it. My favorite thing would have to be The Dark Tower series. Such an amazing body of work, and then you have to add in all the stories that tie in to it. It really is amazing. It's as if his whole career has been about that one story.

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      No way, boxed up books!? Book and movie collections are meant to be displayed!

      What's your favorite thing King wrote? Mine is not only my favorite King story but my favorite piece of writing ever put on paper. A little 12 page story called The Last Rung On The Ladder, in the Night Shift book. Have you read it?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Shannon-- That's quite a collection you have there. I have a list somewhere of my first editions, but I seem to have lost track of it, and all my books are boxed up at the moment. Good idea having a hardcover and a paperback collection. I kept getting rid of my paperbacks to save space. My collection takes up an entire bookshelf all by itself.

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      Thanks for the response. :) I'm finally getting around to listing and categorizing all my books. Stephen King is as good a place to start as any, lol. Here is the final talley for all my first editions (or, from info I've found on yoru hub and across the internet, what I THINK are first editions, lol):

      Black House (first edition)

      Blaze (first edition)

      Cell (first edition)

      Colorado Kid, The (first edition)

      Cujo (first edition)

      Danse Macabre (first edition)

      Dark Half, The (first edition)

      Dead Zone, The (first edition)

      Different Seasons (first edition)

      Dolores Claiborne (first edition)

      Dreamcatcher (first edition)

      Duma Key (first edition)

      Four Past Midnight (first edition)

      Gerald's Game (first edition)

      Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The (first edition)

      Green Mile 1, The: The Two Dead Girls (first edition)

      Green Mile 2, The: The Mouse On The Mile (first edition)

      Green Mile 5, The: Night Journey (first edition)

      Green Mile 6, The: Coffey On The Mile (first edition)

      Hearts In Atlantis (first edition)

      Insomnia (first edition)

      Misery (first edition)

      Needful Things (first edition)

      Nightmares & Dreamscapes (first edition)

      On Writing (first edition)

      Pet Sematary (Caretakers 1983, maybe first edition - Y4?)

      Regulators, The (first edition)

      Rose Madder (first edition)

      Salem's Lot (Father Cody Error, maybe first edition - Q41?)

      Tommyknockers, The (first edition)

      Not bad ... :) Craigslist is a great place to find Stephen King books. I bought a lot of 75 hardcovers for $50 and a mix of 111 hardcovers and paperbacks for $75 within the pas two months. I want a hardcover collection and a paperback collection. That way I can read the paperbacks and not mess up the hardcovers. :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Shannon-- I'm not really sure. Everything about the Dead Zone sounds right. My guess is that they are a second or third printing of the first edition. As for your copy of Salem's Lot, I don't know. I don't know what to tell you on that one. It should be worth some money because of the error alone.

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      Yay! I think think think I hit the jackpot! 'Salem's Lot with the Father Cody error on the dust jacket, clipped with the 7.95 price, BUT no "first edition" on the copyright page. Ugh, why can't everything line up for me so I can do a happy dance already?

      Whatcha think about this one? lol

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      Hello, huge fan of Stephen King, I have most of his mainstream-ly published books (lol, there's a LOT of rare stuff out there, whew!) but anyway, I've decided to see which first editions I have. Thank you, firstly, for putting together this list, it has been very helpful. I have a question though.

      Does the book have to have every detail you mention to be a first edition? For example, my Dead Zone has the 0879 code on the dust jacket, is quarter bound in black cloth with black boards, the paste downs are white, and "First Published in 1979 by the Viking Press" is printed on copyright page. But there is no price anywhere on my dust jacket.

      Some of my other books are like this also, with most everything, but one thing left out. Like, my Eyes Of The Dragon paste downs are white, not green.

      What do you think? Thank you in advance. :)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Mr. Roboto-- Be cautious when buying books from a library. They usually glue things in the books, mark the books with stamps and such, and all that devalues the books. IT is still a great read, though.

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      Mr. Roboto 6 years ago

      I bought 8 King books at my library's used books sale. People sold them old books, and the cycle goes on! Lol! Well, anyway, I freaked out when I found the IT cover with the sewer and claws. I

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      dDamian-- Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you have an awesome dad!!! Three great first editions in mint condition is quite a gift!! You are more than welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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      dDamian 6 years ago

      Dude, today is my birthday and my dad just bought me "The Talisman" "Pet Cemetery" and "The Dark Half" and their all firsts! They're all in mint condition too! :D I would have never known if I hadn't stumbled upon this! Thank you, Anna!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      jay-- Did a little research on Creepshow that you got. I looked on Amazon, and depending on the condition, they have copies of that selling anywhere between $30-150! So, as I said, well worth the $10!!! Hope it's in good shape!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      jay-- A first edition of The Running Man? That is great!! I have yet to find one, myself. How much did you pay for the first edition of The Running Man?? It's worth about $35-50 depending on the condition, and might fetch a higher price, if you can find the right buyer. Creepshow...hmmm...is that the comic-esque graphic novel?? Definitely worth the $10!!!

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      jay  6 years ago

      I purchased a first editions of the running man in great shape at a garage sale and the owner had a copy of Creepshow and he sold it to me for ten dollars don't know much about it was wondering if u could help me.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Pete-- hmm...interesting. Thanks for letting me know what you found out. I couldn't find anything that would have really helped. Without being able to see the book, it's sometimes hard to know what I am looking for.

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      Pete 6 years ago

      OK- I got the info on the book

      "On Writing." that we spoke about. There's a least 2 book clubs that sell this book with almost everything described as it would be a first edition except theres no price on the jacket and one club has a different size. Fullnumber lines are present, so it's just something else that makes things more confusing. Easiest way to see ....no price, it's a BCE...Thought I had misprint, oh well, there goes my free vacation....Pete

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Pete-- Let me know what you find out. If it is a limited publication, it will usually say so. It will say something like "Limited Printing", "Limited Edition", or it will be numbered, say "234 of 2,000".

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      Pete 6 years ago

      No indication of a BCE. Also they usually don't have print number lines which mine has. I'm gonna go ahead and buy a BCE and see if it matches up. If not then I'm gonna have to do some detective work. I'll let you know. Be great if it's an only copy or something very rare. Then I'll take a world cruise for starters....Peter

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      I am not really sure. I don't actually own a first edition of this book, so I don't have one to actually measure. I am not sure why different companies are listing different sizes. I do know the 'book of the month club' editions tend to run smaller. Check the book for something that might say if it was a library edition or a BOTMC edition. It is usually on the inside of the dust jacket, either the front or the back, at the bottom, I think.

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      Pete 6 years ago

      no cut out, just no price. I think the problem lies in the dimensions of the book. Amazon has a different size as do other companies. Theres a BCE that has no price but it doesn't match my book size either. Perhaps the "book of the month club is giving a size error?" Or perhaps theres another club that has sales rights to this book?....Pete

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      Anna Marie Bowman 2 days ago

      Pete-- It has all the other requirements for a first edition except the dust jacket price? Hmmm...was it cut out? Is the corner of the dust jacket cut?

      no cut out here, just blank. There seems to be a problem with the actual size of this book. Amazon- 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches. Other companies have dimensions slightly different. The "book of the month club" also publishes it, but the size they claim is "5.062 x 8.187 x 1.0 inches." ???

      On my copy, there is also only one isbn# instead of the usual 2 numbers. I'm not sure what I got here but it must be the BCE. Perhaps they made a mistake in their size?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Pete-- It has all the other requirements for a first edition except the dust jacket price? Hmmm...was it cut out? Is the corner of the dust jacket cut?

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      Pete 6 years ago

      I have this copy as described

      On Writing: Published in 2000 by Scribner. Trim size is 5.9 x 8.75 x 1". Dust jacket price is $25.00. The book is quarter bound in black cloth with yellow boards. Paste-downs and front and rear end papers in white. Code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

      Howerver there is no price on jacket? Any ideas on this?...Pete

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Long Walker-- Goodwill, garage sales, thrift shops, and the sort are all great places to find first editions for pretty cheap. I once bought four hardcover first editions at a garage sale for $0.25 a piece. $1 for four books!! I have both versions of the Insomnia book as well. Great find!!!

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      Long Walker to be 6 years ago

      I just wanted to share! A friend of mind gave me a book they got at a Goodwill store for a buck, it's Insomnia HC first edition, which I already had, but, it was the red cover with white writing, I had the white cover red writing, so now I have both, I'm excited for this great find!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      walkbyfaith-- I am glad you found this article, and that it was helpful to you. Congrats on the 21 first editions. It is a great thing to have, and in the long term, could be a worthwhile investment.

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      walkbyfaith 6 years ago

      I absolutely loved this article!

      Wonderfully informational and according to it I have 21 first editions out of my collection of 35 books! Yeah!!! I love SK and I could never sell these books but they are going to make a wonderful heirloom for my children.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Long Walker- Yes, that is how it was released. It had a textured cover to look like dragon scales. The textured detail does not come through in the photo.

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      Long Walker to be 6 years ago

      My edition of Eyes of the Dragon fit all your criteria, but the book has scales on the cover, is this normal?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      LINDY-- Not sure. It might have been a limited edition, published after the first edition. Could be worth quite a bit, depending on how many were made, what condition it's in.

      searching-- Library editions are editions of the book given to a library. Generally, they see a lot of wear, bindings are usually broken, they have stamps or other things that damage or mark the pages. The value goes down because of that. They are usually sent out with, or after the first editions. Nice to have, but not sure of the value.

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      searching 6 years ago

      Love the info here, well done of your amount of work! Question: how far down does the value go if it's a library edition? They look exactly like the regular editions, but without DJ price. At this point, I've got 26 first editions, and 5 special editions, working on the rest

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      LINDY616 6 years ago

      I found a few hardbacks today at a flea market. the seller mentioned something about an edition of CUJO with a gold cover that was worth a lot due to the small amount made. do you know anything about that or where to see a picture?

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Will-- I do not have that book, otherwise I would post a pic of the price on the dust jacket. I can see if I can track it down for you, though.

      A. Sandler-- Thank you for your help in responding to Will's questions. I haven't been able to get on here nearly as much as I would like, and have very little time to respond to all my comments and emails when I do. So, thank you for your help!!!!

      Jay D.-- Sad to say, if it's a 3rd edition paperback, it's not really worth much more than what you paid for it. Sorry. It's a good read, though!!! One of my favorites of the Bachman stuff.

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      Jay D. 7 years ago

      I just found a 3rd edition paperback of the long walk. Was just wondering if u had any idea what it may be worth. It only cost me $1 and it is in good condition. Thanks

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      Will S. 7 years ago

      A. Sandler - Thank you very much; yeah I knew the hardback of Storm of the Century didn't have a price, so now that you told me BOMC editions don't have dust jacket prices I'll know that future printings by BOMC most likely won't as well; good to know, I was wondering why so many copies of Secret Windows that I saw didn't have the listed price actually printed

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      A. Sandler 7 years ago

      Will S.- As far as I know, BOMC editions don't have dust jacket prices. Both the Storm of the Century and Secret Windows are both BOMC issued hardcovers, but neither have dust jacket prices. Storm of the Century was issued as a 1st edition trade paperback in 1999 with a cost of $15.00. The copyright page shows "First Pocket Books Trade Paperback Printing Feb 1999" and also the traditional "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" number line. BOMC then released a hardcover after that (technically not a 1st edition). As for Secret Windows, I believe it was only released by BOMC at an initial price of $18.75 (but not actually printed on the dust jacket)...

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      Will S. 7 years ago

      Thanks for this article, I've been using it to complete my collection! Random question, I've seen over 15 copies of Secret Windows, but I couldn't find the $18.75 price on any of them...does anyone have a picture of the price on the dust jacket so I could see what it looks like on the true first edition? Is Secret Windows kind of like Storm of the Century hardcover in that the only BOMC edition doesn't have a dust jacket price? Thanks!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Eddie-- The first edition would be the first publishing of the first edition of the book, so if you have found a copy of Pet Sematary published in 1987, it is not a first edition.

      A. Sandler-- Awesome!!! Thank you!!!

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      A. Sandler 7 years ago

      Anna,

      You might find this website useful to get an idea about values of Stephen King 1st editions:

      http://www.stephenkingcollector.com/1st_editions.h...

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Kelyyhthompson-- Thank you, I would be curious to see what additional research you have done.

      teamsparky-- A book club edition is one that was distributed as part of a book of the month club. They are generally different in size. The content is usually the same, though, sometimes they are a bit condensed. Being book club editions, they are not first editions, and are of less value. You get the same book (usually), so it's good for a good read.

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      teamsparky 7 years ago

      Hi Anna Marie...awesome hub.

      If you could let me know what is a 'book club edition' in comparison with other editions.

      I have just purchased a book club edition of 'It' and just curious to know where the differences lie.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      King Fan-- I have no idea...sorry. I will look into it and get back to you.

      Monette-- Glad to hear you are a fan, and I am happy to hear you have such a great collection!!!

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      Monette 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for this info. I have been reading King since the 70's and discovered that I have 12 firsts! How wonderful!

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      King Fan 7 years ago

      I Have 3 Stephen King library red leather bound books gold embossed lettering on spline and his name, Firestarter, Christine, Eyes of the dragon like to know how rare they might be if at all. great website and very informative

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Am I dead, yet?-- I am jealous!!! I have quite a collection, so far, but nowhere near complete!!! Treasure those books!!!

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      Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

      I happened upon this hub by accident and I am so happy that I did! I have almost all of Stephen King's original, first edition novels! I am totally floored! I am so glad that I did not get rid of them. I almost did. But I love these books so much I decided to keep them. Awesome! Thanks for the hub. Now I know what to look for when I collect the remaining books.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

      Excelsior-- I believe you may have an import edition of the book. Hold onto it!!! It could be worth quite a bit.

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      Excelsior 8 years ago

      I have the Stephen King book "Skeleton Crew" as stated it is a first edition with all markings $18.95 price, 8506 price code. But the book is a burnt tan or orange cloth binding; it has Chinese markings/characters for the publisher. And Stephen King's name is red on the front DJ. Where did this book come from??

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      TamCor-- I am glad you found this as well. I hope it is helpful to you!! And if you do find that you do have some first editions of some of the older books, I am always in the market to buy them!! LOL!! Still working on the value guide to the first editions. It's proving a bit harder than I thought it would be.

      Glenn-- You may be right on that one. I am not sure. I can check and let you know. Blaze kind of fell flat for me. I never got into the story. Maybe it had to do with the writing perspective. I don't know.

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      Glenn 8 years ago

      King's Blaze. I thought Blaze was a Gimmick to readvertise Bachman. But in "I think Different Seasons" or a different short story collection from early 80's Stephen King does mention of working on a story called Blaze, either in the foreword or afterword write up. Imagine that, Food for thought.

      Glenn.

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you for writing such a great hub! I have several of the old Stephen King books, and can't wait to compare them to your info, to see if any are first editions!

      I love his older work the best, and have also enjoyed watching some of movies they'd made of them. My favorite book of his would probably be The Stand, but I loved Needful Things and The Firestarter almost as much!

      Thanks again for this informative hub--I'm so glad I came across it!:)

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      scramblingman-- Thank you very much!! As for foreign publications, I honestly don't know a lot about that. I wish I did. Maybe I will do some more research and see what I can put together. I am still working on the value part of the whole thing. That is going to be an ongoing work, as values of rare books change frequently. Hope you enjoy Needful Things!!! It's one of my favorites!!

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      scramblingman 8 years ago

      I just wanted to echo everyone elses comments, great article! I have a few first editions, but mostly UK publications. However, on vacation in California a few years ago I did manage to buy a first edition of Needful Things. Can't wait for your value article!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Have fun!! When I can find it, I will be adding aproximate values for all the books, as well. That way, everyone has somewhat of an idea of what they are worth.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Lots of indepth information. I must bookmark this page, then rummage through my son's Stephen King collection.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      BP-- She freaked me out, too!!! I love Stephen King!!! I just entered to win a special signed copy of The Stand!!! YAY!!! Hope I get it! I never win anything!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Oooooooooo I am a great lover lover of Stephen King so this is right up my alley. Misery, boy oh boy I will never forget that one. That woman was a complete psychopath.....haha,,,she freaked me out totally.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      Pest-- Yeah, Bachman "died". King writes about it, in a fictional sense, in The Dark Half. The books published after Bachman's "death" were said to have been found by his wife amongst his belongings. LOL!

      christine-- It was a lot of work, but it was a labor of love, so to speak. I love Stephen King, and spent a lot of time trying to sort all of the information out for myself. I figured it would benefit others to have the access to the information that I managed to compile.

      Elena-- Thank you!! When I first started trying to identify my books, and started being a serious collector, I had to search and search for this information, and some of the terms were a little confusing for me. I figured the pictures would make the whole guide a little easier to navigate through. On another note, foreign language editions, and basic foreign editions of his novels do have some value for a U.S. collector. Since they are harder to find here, they are worth more. Overseas releases may not be first U.S. editions, but if you get a first edition for your language, or country, it could be worth some money. I don't know a lot about that, but it would be fun to research!!

      Pest-- I agree!!! I have heard so many people say that they don't like Stephen King, and I ask why, and they tell me that it is because they don't like his movies. It makes me laugh. Then I tell them that The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me are based on stories by Stephen King, and they tell me that they like those movies.

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      Pest 8 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      For me Stephen King is an author that you must have in your collection.   Whether you like him, love him or hate him, he is a must.  

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      What a guide, Anna! Really informative and well put together article! The illustrations and definition of terms are great!! I don't have any Stephen Kings in English, not much of a fan, but still found this hub a great source of information!

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      Pest 8 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      I believe Bachman "died" in 1985.  ....  I just picked up "The Regulators" hard cover, 1st from the Salvation Army...mint.  i did not know "Desperation" was related.

      **edit** died of cancer..

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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

      ooohh...that sucks!!  That means it has those library stamps on it, and who knows what else!  You can find a lot of first editions in great shape at garage sales, used book stores and even places like Goodwill. 

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      Mrs Hozey 8 years ago

      Great article! I searched through my books and found that my copy of The Dark Half is a first edition. Unfortunately, I bought it out of the withdrawn books at the library.

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