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The Shining First Editions, BCEs and Gutter Codes

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:19 pm
by OneFathom
True 1st trade edition of The Shining has a gutter code of "R49." That we all know. Soon after the editions go into BCEs and then back into trade editions. Examples...

*"R52" is a stated book club edition (I haven't seen an "R50" or "R51".

*S3"..."S10" and "S14" are all trade editions with $8.95 on the dust jacket just like the "R49." I also know of an "S19" which is $8.95, I believe.

What is the rationale between going back and forth between trade/BCE/trade like that?

Re: The Shining First Editions, BCEs and Gutter Codes

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:32 am
by jhanic
I would assume different print runs as they needed them. The initial R49, then the book club runs, then more trade copies.

John

Re: The Shining First Editions, BCEs and Gutter Codes

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:48 am
by OneFathom
Thanks, John. The whole gutter code aspect of Mr. King's books is fascinating to me. Way to drop that knowledge.

Re: The Shining First Editions, BCEs and Gutter Codes

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:29 am
by jhanic
Check out:

http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/sho ... ode-theory

John