The Stake US Proof


Richard Laymon. The Stake. St. Martins Press 1990. First Edition. Original Wraps. Galley/Proof. Near Fine. This an uncorrected proof of the US first hard back edition published by St Martins Press in 1990. Original orange wraps appear clean. A couple of pressure creases to the upper third of front panel and lower right corner tip and the first few pages slightly turned. Back panel clean, tips ever so slightly blunted, spine somewhat sun faded. Edges of text block show a little light soiling. Internally the pages are clean however as with many proofs from this period the ink used was quite heavy which leads to pages sticking together which when separated cause some ghosting of the text. This is evident in varying degrees from the dedication page to page 6 and at the rear from pages 442 to 447. By no means the worst ghosting I have seen and I imagine all copies will suffer to some extent however these proofs are so rare it is hard to be certain. In any event, a great find for the Laymon collector. REFC681