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 Post subject: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:42 am 
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Hi. I'm debuting in this forum. Recently I wrote this post in the SK website forum but it didn´t receive much attention. So I decided to try posting it here.

I'm interested in knowing the true first edition of each Stephen King book. I mean I'd like to know if the actual first edition is a limited edition, a US trade edition, a UK edition, another country edition or a different media edition (i.e. Ebook or e-audio).


I don't consider here proof copies, Advance Reader Copies (ARCs), galleys or any other kind of pre-publication form of these books. Collectors don't consider these kinds of unfinished editions (commonly containing errors and distributed only for appreciation of booksellers, editors and journalists) as first editions, although many people collect them.


I adopt here this common sense, considering first editions only the commercial and finished books (limited editions, trade editions, book club editions etc).


I was able to discover information about SK's latest books through a search in Scribner, Hodder and other publishers webpages. But concernig to his oldest books, I found few if any information about them.


I will publish here the results of my research about this subject, and I'd like you all to contribute with this. If you have any information, you can post here in order to correct me or to add info about other SK books.




BAG OF BONES – First published in the UK by Hodder (aug. 20, 1998). The US edition was released by Scribner in sep. 22, 1998.


THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON - According to Scribner website, the e-audio edition of this novel was published in the US in apr. 1, 1999. The print edition was released in apr. 6, 1999 by Scribner, the same day as UK Hodder edition.


HEARTS IN ATLANTIS – Published simultaneously in the US, by Scribner, and the UK, by Hodder, in sep. 14, 1999.


EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL - Published simultaneously in the US, by Scribner, and the UK, by Hodder, in mar. 19, 2002.


FROM A BUICK 8 – First published in the UK by Hodder in aug. 28, 2002. The US Scriber edition was released in sep. 24, 2002. The limited edition was published by Cemetery Dance in oct., 2002.


DREAMCATCHER – First published in the US by Scribner in mar. 20, 2001. The UK was released by Hodder in mar. 29, 2001.


THE DARK TOWER V – Donald M. Grant published limited editions of this book two weeks before the US and UK trade editions, which were released in nov. 4, 2003.


THE DARK TOWER VI - Donald M. Grant published limited editions of this book two weeks before the US and UK trade editions, which were released in jun. 8, 2004.


THE DARK TOWER VII - Donald M. Grant published limited editions of this book two weeks before the US and UK trade editions, which were released in sep. 21, 2004.


COLORADO KID – First published in the US by Hard Case Crime in 2005. The UK edition was only released two years later.


CELL – First published in the US by Scribner in jan. 24, 2006. In the UK, the book was published by Hodder in feb. 27, 2006.


LISEY'S STORY – Borders' website informs that the ebook edition of this book was available in jul. 31, 2006. But Scribner's website says that the ebook was released simultaneously with the print edition in oct. 24, 2006 (the same day as UK Hodder edition). I don't know which information to trust, if Border's or Scribner's.


BLAZE – The US Scribner and the UK Hodder editions were published simultaneously in jun. 12, 2007.


DUMA KEY – First published in the US by Scribner in jan. 22, 2008. The UK Hodder edition was published two days later.


JUST AFTER SUNSET – The US (Scribner) and UK (Hodder) editions were published simultaneously in nov. 11, 2008. There's a limited edition published by Hodder whose exact date of release I don't know.


UNDER THE DOME – The US limited and trade editions were published simultaneously by Scribner in nov. 10, 2009. The UK Hodder edition was released in this same day.


BLOCKADE BILLY – Cemetery Dance published a limited edition of this book in mid-april, 2010. Scribner released its trade edition in may 25, 2010.


FULL DARK, NO STARS – The US Scribner and UK Hodder editions are scheduled to be published simultaneously in nov. 9, 2010.


Non-confirmed information about other books

CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF - First edition was published by Land of Enchantment in 1983.


EYES OF THE DRAGON – This book was published as a limited edition in 1984 by Philtrum Press, three years before the trade edition.


IT – First published in Germany (translated to German) by Phantasia Press, as “ES”. This information is widely accepted by various sources in the web.


THE DARK HALF – The UK Hodder edition was published in oct. 1989, days before the US Viking edition (released in nov., 1989).


GERALD'S GAME – A bookseller, in his website, says that the true first edition of this book was published by British Book Club in 1992.


DOLORES CLAIBORNE – The same bookseller says that the true first edition of this book was also first published by British Book Club in the end of 1992.


INSOMNIA – Mark V. Ziesing published a limited edition in jun., 1994 (according to SK website), months before the Viking edition.


DESPERATION – Donald M. Grant published a limited edition in aug. 17, 1996, one month before the US Viking edition.


BLACK HOUSE – Published simultaneously in the US by Random House and the UK by HarperCollins in sep. 2001. A limited edition was released one year later by Donald M. Grant.

Am I right? Do you have information about the other books???


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 Post subject: Re: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:27 am 
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I've just found out (through Liljas Library) that the italian edition of Under the Dome was published in oct. 16, 2009 (by Sperling and Kupfer), about three weeks before the US and UK editions...


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 Post subject: Re: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:08 am 
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You might also want to check out:

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These are mainly US dates, but...

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 Post subject: Re: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:28 pm 
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THIS IS WHAT I CAN GATHER FROM JUSTIN BROOKS' BIBLIOGRAPHY:

CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF - First edition was published by Land of Enchantment in 1983. - TRUE


EYES OF THE DRAGON – This book was published as a limited edition in 1984 by Philtrum Press, three years before the trade edition. - TRUE


IT – First published in Germany (translated to German) by Phantasia Press, as “ES”. This information is widely accepted by various sources in the web. (no mention of ES (probably since it was unauthorized) - states H&S version in August 1986 as first copy)


THE DARK HALF – The UK Hodder edition was published in oct. 1989, days before the US Viking edition (released in nov., 1989). - TRUE


GERALD'S GAME – A bookseller, in his website, says that the true first edition of this book was published by British Book Club in 1992. - TRUE


DOLORES CLAIBORNE – The same bookseller says that the true first edition of this book was also first published by British Book Club in the end of 1992. - TRUE


INSOMNIA – Mark V. Ziesing published a limited edition in jun., 1994 (according to SK website), months before the Viking edition. - TRUE


DESPERATION – Donald M. Grant published a limited edition in aug. 17, 1996, one month before the US Viking edition. - (Viking edition is listed first, before Grant)


BLACK HOUSE – Published simultaneously in the US by Random House and the UK by HarperCollins in sep. 2001. A limited edition was released one year later by Donald M. Grant. - TRUE


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 Post subject: Re: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:36 am 
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The first of ROSE MADDER was published by Hodder. I have the paperwork stashed away somewhere.
Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:56 am 
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The first edition (Erste Auflage) of FROM A BUICK 8 is the German edition entitled DER BUICK. It was published by Ullstein in 2002, several months prior to the appearance of the Hodder edition, which, in turn, preceded the US edition.
The book was shrinkwrapped and retailed for 22 Euros.


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 Post subject: Re: Stephen King's true world first editions
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:05 am 
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ELazansky wrote:
THIS IS WHAT I CAN GATHER FROM JUSTIN BROOKS' BIBLIOGRAPHY:

GERALD'S GAME – A bookseller, in his website, says that the true first edition of this book was published by British Book Club in 1992. - TRUE

DOLORES CLAIBORNE – The same bookseller says that the true first edition of this book was also first published by British Book Club in the end of 1992. - TRUE




True, indeed. I am the bookseller in question.


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