Gerald's Game ABA Edition - Known Variation?

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Gerald's Game ABA Edition - Known Variation?

Post by finderdoug » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:09 pm

First time poster, dropping in to see if a Stephen King collecting group mind can help me pin down what I picked up today here in Houston.

It's one of the ABA copies of GERALD'S GAME; correct cardboard slipcase, copyright page, front free endpaper with King's message specific to the edition. King's initials are in red on the front cover; however, everything on the spine is gold-stamped.

Every photo I've been able to find of the ABA edition has King's name, the title and publisher in red on the spine (matching the front cover), with only the eclipse in gold.

It doesn't appear to be a case of sun-fading or pigment loss by other means. The gold is uniform in coloring, there's no traces of red or red tinting to suggest it used to be red, and it appears to match the eclipse in tone.

To be honest, it looks like it was either incorrectly stamped in gold instead of red, or (if it was a two-pass process) the red stamping of the spine wasn't done.

So far, I've been unable to find anything about such a variation. I don't have a trade first to compare it to (I may seek one out tomorrow); but I thought I'd check with people who are more familiar with this sort of thing first to find out if this is a common variant (and I just haven't seen another example of online yet) or something else. Any help or pointers are greatly appreciated!

Cheers and thanks,

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Re: Gerald's Game ABA Edition - Known Variation?

Post by racerx45 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:54 pm

My 1st has the red lettering on the spine and only the eclipse in gold. I am not sure what to make of your copy.

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Re: Gerald's Game ABA Edition - Known Variation?

Post by Mr. Rabbit Trick » Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:00 pm

I think it is sun fading. The red spectrum is the first to fade in UV light.

I had exactly the same thing with my EOTD.

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Re: Gerald's Game ABA Edition - Known Variation?

Post by TheCollector » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:12 am

Can you post a picture or two?

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