Hard Cover. New York: The Viking Press, 1986. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Original publisher's black cloth-backed black boards with red lettering on spine; original black dust jacket, with full cover illustration of opening scene by Bob Giusti, and photograph of author on rear panel by Thomas Hawkins. Near fine book, with light offsetting of title and author's name to front panel, and previous owner's inscription on first page, a few smudges to text block edges, else bright and clean; near fine unclipped dust jacket with very light creasing to head of spine and edges. A beautiful and sturdy copy. Opening with the memorable and ominous scene of a boy chasing a paper boat into a sewer during a storm, It tells the story of a group of pre-teen outcasts nicknamed "The Losers Club" in Derry, Maine who encounter an evil and shapeshifting force that takes the form of one's greatest fear. Twenty-seven years later, the evil force returns to Derry, and the childhood friends, now scattered and living normal adult lives, must reunite in an attempt to defeat it once and for all. It features the antagonist Pennywise the Clown, one of the scariest characters in literature, and in no small part responsible for the popular characterization of clowns as being creepy and frightening. It was named the best-selling hardcover fiction book of 1986 and won the British Fantasy Award in 1987. It has continued to remain culturally relevant, in part through film adaptations, as the book was turned into a successful TV miniseries in 1990 starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, and most recently into a two-part blockbuster film series in 2017 and 2019.