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    The Lowest Matching Numbered Set of Stephen King's Dark Tower Series to Appear at Auction.

    Stephen King. The Complete Dark Tower Series. Signed and Matching Numbered Set, including: The Gunslinger. 1982. The Drawing of the Three. 1987. The Waste Lands. 1991. Wizard and Glass. 1997. Wolves of the Calla. 2003. Song of Susannah. 2004. and The Dark Tower. 2004. West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant Publisher Inc., [1982 - 1994].

    First editions. All signed limited editions, all numbered 50 from limitation totals ranging from 500 to 1,500 copies, surely the lowest matching numbered sets to be offered at auction. Each book has been signed by King, and by the artist who illustrated his particular book in the series: Michael Whelan, Phil Hale, Ned Dameron, Dave McKean, Bernie Wrightson, and Darrel Anderson. Seven octavo volumes.

    All books in this Dark Tower collection are in the publisher's cloth, original pictorial dust jackets, and the original cloth-covered slipcases. Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower are still stored in the publisher's shipping boxes, the latter of which is also still in the publisher's shrinkwrap. All books are in fine condition, with only minimal shelf wear if any flaws.

    Roland of Gilead's long march to the Dark Tower began in 1970, when University of Maine undergraduate Stephen King wrote the first few chapters of what many consider to be his greatest and most influential work. For the next quarter century, King crafted his dramatic tale, taking inspiration from all points of the compass. Robert Browning's narrative poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came provided King with a central motif and a name for his tough-as-boot-leather protagonist. Other influences include J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, Clifford D. Simak and the work of filmmakers such as John Sturges, Akira Kurosawa and, most importantly, Sergio Leone. Leone's sprawling spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, created the template for Roland - a distinctly Clint Eastwood-like figure - and for the alternately brutal and beautiful landscape through which he travels.

    It is not too far a stretch to call The Dark Tower the modern era's epic tale. It has already drawn comparisons to Tolkien's Rings saga and Homer's Odyssey. As author and literary critic Bill Sheehan notes: "The Dark Tower is a humane, visionary epic and a true magnum opus. It will be around for a very long time." Such a low numbered set will not be. Get it while you can.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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