KING, Stephen; WHELAN, Michael (illus.)
The first volume of the Dark Tower series, which King declared his magnum opus. Initially created from five short stories published between 1978 and 1981, The Gunslinger was inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," which King read as a sophomore at the University of Maine. King substantially revised the novel in 2003, leading to its second publication by Penguin. This first edition is illustrated by Michael Whelan, one of the world's most famous painters of imaginative art. Dominating the science fiction and fantasy field throughout the '80s and '90s, Whelan became known for his ability to bring an author's words to life. A sense of mystical or dreamlike wonder is created by the last plate in this volume in particular.
- Publisher: Donald M. Grant
- Edition: First Edition
- Date Published: 1982
- Place Published: West Kingston, Rhode Island
- ISBN: n/a
- Condition: n/a
- Signed: No
- Dust Jacket: No
- Jacket Condition: n/a
The Dark Tower I. 224 p. 24 cm. 5 colour plates by Whelan, as well as illustrated endpapers. Black cloth hardcover in mylar-covered dustjacket. Front flap price-clipped. Some wear to jacket edges. Faint soiling on some pages within.