Item #5488 IT - INSCRIBED. Stephen King.


New York: Viking Penguin Inc., 1986. First American Edition. A contender for the heavyweight champion of modern horror novels, and the source for an entire generation's deep-seated fear of clowns. "In the summer of 1958, seven oddly assorted children - losers all - band together as a defense against the hostility of their more rugged, "normal" peers, but are gradually drawn into a confrontation with a powerful, primal malevolent force that feeds off the young. In 1985, the same group, now more or less successful adults, are reunited once again to confront It, this time, they hope, to end the menace for good" (Barron, Horror Literature: A Reader's Guide 4-168). Basis for two successful film adaptations - the 1990 TV miniseries, and Andy Muschietti's 2017 re-make. Among King's most desirable titles, seldom found with an inscription this close to the date of publication. Brooks A33.2. Item #5488

First Printing. Thick octavo (24cm); black paper and cloth-covered boards, with titling and author's initials stamped in metallic red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; x,1138,[4]pp. Generically inscribed by King on the half-title page, and dated three days following publication: "Welcome to Derry - and watch out for It. Best, Stephen King 9/18/86." Sunning to spine, upper board edges, and upper rear cover, spine lettering dulled to silver and a bit rubbed, with some wear to lower corners, and scattered foxing to upper edge of textblock; Very Good. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $22.95), with some light external wear, and three small, faint spots of soil along lower edge (noticeable on verso); Very Good+ or better.

Price: $4,500.00

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