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    Stephen King's Galley and Typed Manuscript for The Plant. Nothing says Christmas like a Stephen King yarn! If you were a friend of King's in the early 1980s, you may have gone to the mailbox one chilly, grey December afternoon to find a copy of The Plant in your mailbox. King sent the story in three separate installments between 1982 and 1985 as a Christmas card to his closest friends. The installments, each of 226 copies (200 numbered and 26 lettered editions), were self-published through King's Philtrum Press. In 2000, King re-released the story as an inexpensive Internet download, which people could pay for with a credit card or with a promise to send a check. King quickly suspended access to the downloadable version after the fifth installment due to widespread non-payment. Asked if he ever intends to finish the story, King says that "time will tell." Individual volumes of the original release of The Plant often sell for hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Rarer still is this lot, consisting of pre-publication corrected versions of the second and third installments of King's private masterpiece.
    Galley Proof for Part Two of The Plant. Includes title page and pages Gal.1-8, Gal.10-17, no page Gal.9, (7.5" x 25"), folded, with handwritten annotations by Stephen King. Three annotations in pencil, one stating, "GALLEY PROOF ANNOTATIONS BY S.K.." Five annotations in black pen, three signed "Steve." This proof is in very good condition, despite the folds.
    Photocopy of the Original Typescript for Part Three of The Plant, with original handwritten editorial annotations by King in pencil and green, blue, red, black, violet, and orange ink throughout. Included are pages 1-49 and 51-56, no page 50, plus the colophon and a photocopy of the corrected titlepage. Overall, this typescript is in very good condition, a real one-of-a-kind find from the modern era's dark-hearted answer to Charles Dickens.

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