The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition [Coffin Signed Limited]
New York: Doubleday, 1990. xxviii, 1241 pages. Pretty much everyone's choice for King's best book, and the rare uncut version that may actually be better (most books would be improved if they were shorter--following Elmore Leonard's dictum, "Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip").
This signed, numbered limited edition is also one of the most sought-after King limited editions, in large part due to its clever design. Only the large print run, 1250 copies, keeps this from being ridiculously expensive (instead of just a regular level of expensive).
The book, a darkly religious novel, is bound in black leather, not unlike a Bible. It is laid into a black wooden box, giving it the colloquial name, "the coffin edition"--which also suits a book with a body count north of 5 billion souls. Each copy is signed by King and the illustrator, Berni Wrightson, on the limitation page. ISBN: 9780385413084.
First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Glassine tanned as usual. Wooden box fine. In the original mailing box. Copy 979 of 1250.