Hard Cover. New York: Doubleday, 1978. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth-backed gold boards; original tan dust jacket, lettered in black and red, with John Cayea illustration to front panel. A near fine copy, with a touch of soiling to bottom edge of text block, previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper; very good unclipped dust jacket with light wear to corners, some creasing and light wear to spine ends, and a few small closed tears to head of spine and top edge of front panel. Overall, an attractive copy. The Stand, written by famed horror author Stephen King, begins when a deadly chemically engineered virus is accidentally released from a U.S. Department of Defense laboratory. In the ensuing pandemic, a host of survivors align into opposing camps of good and evil, as society is reduced to a brutal and supernatural battleground. King drew inspiration for this novel from a variety of sources, including J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the Patty Hearst trial, and a preacher's spirited warning of a coming plague on the radio. In 1990, King released the Complete and Uncut Edition, which added 400 pages to the already lengthy novel and shifted the setting from 1980 to 1990. Many consider The Stand to be the greatest achievement of the author, who penned such modern-day horror classics as The Shining, Carrie, and It.