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    Default Custom Bound 'Salem's Lot Books

    Looking for any and all custom bound 'Salem's Lot books. Emphasis is on (but not limited to) the page blocks from the Centipede Press Signed Limited version done by Betts Books.




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    ~September 2014 I saw a rebound (actually a first bound) copy of 'Salem's Lot selling on ebay for a surprising amount. I already owned a burgundy spine version. The thought came to me to track down some if not all of the copies that Stu Tinker had bound; (as well as all other custom bound copies). There are numerous variations on what Stu had done (more to come later on that). I still am FAR from figuring out all of the iterations/permutations of the 24+1 copies Stu had bound. In addition, there are a few additional page blocks that have been bound by others.


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    A little history on the book blocks purchased by Stu Tinker (original owner of Betts Books):
    Sometime in 2004 Stu Tinker purchased unbound page blocks from Jared Walters at Centipede Press. The blocks were from the Signed Limited version of Centipede’s ‘Salem’s Lot. Stu Tinker says he bought 29 page blocks from Centipede Press. One copy was bound by Gray Parrot of Bangor Maine. Three-quarter bound in leather with a marbled cover, the book did not have the original art in it. Although magnificent, Stu felt the cost to have all remaining copies done by Parrot would not be economically feasible. Parrot’s cost was 2-3 times what the eventual binder’s quote was. Stu does not recall who the binder was that bound the other 24 copies, nor the issue price. He “thinks” the books sold for $150. Stu says four unbound blocks were sold to David Williamson as part of David’s acquisition of Betts Books.
    24 blocks were bound. Most three-quarter bound in leather. 12 blocks had black leather spines and 12 had burgundy leather spines. It’s confirmed that at least two different colors were used for the fabric boards on the burgundy bound book. At least one burgundy bound book was fully bound in leather (and surprising had the artwork inserted in the correct places) but as of now it’s unknown how many, if any, other colors were used. Marbled endpapers were intentionally used “randomly” so that few if any books would be exactly the same. Additionally, several different color slipcases were used (red, grey and light brown have been confirmed-there may be more). To make things even more interesting, Stu stated to me that he chose to intentionally have the original artwork inserted in the books in incorrect order.
    According to noted Stephen King collector Bob Jackson:
    “The Gray Parrot edition has no illustrations at all but definitely uses the S/L text block. The pages are 13" tall and the thickness of the text block is 2 and 1/2".

    Both the black and the burgundy Betts editions I have use S/L pages BUT they have been trimmed to 11 and 1/2" tall. It is easy to see that the top and bottom margins on each page are less on the Betts bound editions. Both the black and burgundy Betts editions have illustrations but they seem to be all over the place and randomly placed in the book. The placement of the illustrations is the same on both my black and burgundy editions but the placement is not even remotely similar to the placement in the S/L.”


    The combination of two different spine colors, multiple board colors, random marbled endpaper usage, different color slipcases, and artwork often in incorrect order means that few IF any books are exactly the same!

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    In 2014 Betts Books current owner David Williamson and TheDarktower.org owner Jerome Smith collaborated to use Betts Books last two page blocks. These two were three-quarter bound in leather, with one being black leather and grey boards, and the other burgundy leather and red boards. Both copies have the correct 13” tall page blocks, and had the artwork inserted in the correct placement.






















































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    Note that a Burgundy copy has been found that is FULLY bound in leather, and appears to have the artwork inserted in the correct places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Note that a Burgundy copy has been found that is FULLY bound in leather, and appears to have the artwork inserted in the correct places.
    It is hard to tell from the photo but is it also 11.5" tall?
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    Of course I love the thread you've created here RF!
    There is also the test binding\prototype That was done in leather black spine gray boards.
    After talking with Stu regarding this specific copy he confirmed and informed me there was only one done like this:



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    Man, all of those are very, very handsome productions!!!!
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    those are beautiful and unique
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    I think this thread ought to be incorporated into the Catalog. Some very valuable information here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhanic View Post
    I think this thread ought to be incorporated into the Catalog. Some very valuable information here.

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    Not a bad idea at all, if it can be done.
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    We could always unbind are copies and have them rebound and sell them right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhanic View Post
    I think this thread ought to be incorporated into the Catalog. Some very valuable information here.

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    I agree, but the discussion is only alive in the forum. Once an article is posted in the Catalog, the discussion dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roseannebarr View Post
    We could always unbind are copies and have them rebound and sell them right?
    Feel free.
    Let us know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Roseannebarr View Post
    We could always unbind are copies and have them rebound and sell them right?
    Feel free.
    Let us know how it goes.

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    Great thread. Here's some shots of my copy:










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    Beautiful!!! I just love that leather on cloth look and feel.
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    Looks like that is the copy sold on ebay in September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Looks like that is the copy sold on ebay in September.
    Yes that's the one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lot guy View Post
    Of course I love the thread you've created here RF!
    There is also the test binding\prototype That was done in leather black spine gray boards.
    After talking with Stu regarding this specific copy he confirmed and informed me there was only one done like this:


    We now have a signed copy in the TDT.org community!

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    I saw that, very nice score!!! Did he mention anything about the book when you handed it to him?
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    Thanks Bill!!!! He did mention that he thought Centipede created a book too grand but loved the story, of course Centipede did not make this one but only the page block. I told him I was Very grateful & excited to have this part of my collection signed. He was very nice to Glen, Dan & myself during the interaction. This made my year as we were all a little upset due to the change of schedule to say the least. As Glen mentioned in the other thread I think we made a great night out of it, or night & following day if your Jerome(well done).

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    Very cool item to have signed. Unique!!! Do me a favor, have something to eat. You're way too skinny, you need some pasta!!! LOL LOL
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    What was the change of schedule?
    Nice copy though !
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    Quote Originally Posted by herbertwest View Post
    What was the change of schedule?
    Nice copy though !
    They cancelled the signing and apparently he didn't spend much time in the VIP reception.

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    Yeah he spent a whole 25 minutes of the hour he was supposed to.

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    More time would have been nice for sure, the handlers he had were a little over the top in my opinion

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    The two biggest changes were:
    • Instead of offering pre-signed copies AND the opportunity to stand in line to see King (8pm-9pm) sign your personal copy of Revival (purchased at the venue), King pre-signed ~360 copies. There was no after-theater-presentation opportunity to have 8 seconds in front of King while he signed your specific copy and perhaps have a quick conversation with King. This change was at King's request/requirement.
    • At the VIP event, King spent only 30 minutes in a room with ~140 people. It started out fine, but there was a little lady (Jane) who began denying some folks photo opportunities, while leading King to people she personally knew (who had a photo op). She was rude enough to put her hand in front of people's cameras to ruin their photo. She was arbitrary, capricious, and malicious.
    That being said, it still turned out as a fun (though expensive) event. 75% of the fun was partying with fellow members and their guests.

    Being in the front row was also cool-AND there really wasn't a bad seat in the house.
    Between members being able to buy multiple copies of signed Revival's, and members winning 50% of all the raffle items (most very valuable); it was IMO a great time.

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