Stephen King Library Red Leather


For the moment. . . I've given up on collecting a full set of first editions. It is difficult to Convince my wife to fork over the moolah for a first edition Carrie, The Dark Tower (she doesn't see the need, since I have a second edition. . . I'm neglected) or even a true first of the Shining. I do have nasty reporductions of Carrie, Salem's Lot and The Shining. Gag. But, for the the time being, I'm just going to give up on the hunt. Gasp. I did manage to get a full set of first edition Richard Bachman's. Not hard, though.
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Most recently I have been buying copies of the Red Leather Stephen King Library books. I like these, and they do look cool on the shelf (though not as cool as a first edition Gunslinger, honey.)
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These are beautiful books that were originally published by Book of the Month Club. I'm not sure of the whole history of them. They are bound in faux leather and King's signature appears in gold on the front cover. They appear to be almost exact reporductions of the original hardbacks, with these exceptions:
1. The cover is obviously red leather instead of a bookcover.
2. They do not have a numberline or much copywrite information.
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Anyone know the full story on these books?

13 comments:

  1. From the sounds of some of your posts, you must have one awsome collection! How about posting some pics of your collection???

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  2. I need "On Writing" from the Red Leather Series...if you have it please let me know. Thanks, Dan

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  3. I don't know much of the history of these but I'm pretty sure I have them all up until the point they were discontinued. I am also looking to find a complete listing of the Red Leather books to verify this. I singed up for the club in 1987.

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  4. Does any of these red leather books contains letters from King? As a collector, I'm constantly on the look-out for them. There's two letters; A Note from Stephen King, from 1989 (four pages) and one-page titled From the Desk of Stephen King (from 1998).
    I do have scans of the first I mentioned, but the second one is hard to find.

    Anyone willing to do a scan if you have it, you can e-mail me at luggenbug@yahoo.dk
    I have quite a lot of King items to share in return....

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  5. I was a member of the club and I have 34 books. Were there anymore than 34 made? How much is a complete set worth?

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  6. There were 37 in all: http://www.veryfinebooks.com/Stephen_King_Red_Leather_Library_Books_s/109.htm

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  7. I have The Shining and Salem's Lot in these red leather covers you have described. They've just been sitting on my bookshelf for a while if you're interested in them

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    1. I know this is almost 4 years later, but if you still have your copy of The Shining in red leather, I'd be VERY interested in buying it from you! OR if you're interested in maybe even a swap I have the red leather edition of Carrie! Let me know! My email is jgb99d@gmail.com

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  8. I have The Shining and Salem's Lot in these red leather covers you have described. They've just been sitting on my bookshelf for a while if you're interested in them

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  9. I have the entire Stephen King red leather library collection (mint condition) all 37 titles for sale.

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    1. I need The Dark Half, Insomnia, Eyes of the Dragon and Nightmares and Dreamscapes. You can email me at andybrown717@gmail.com

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    2. I need The Dark Half, Insomnia, Eyes of the Dragon and Nightmares and Dreamscapes. You can email me at andybrown717@gmail.com

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    3. I would be VERY interested in buying The Shining from you. PLEASEEEE let me know if you still have it either way. I'm trying to hunt down this particular edition of my favorite book! My email jordanberger@mizzou.edu

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