It's real. It's the limited edition done by Doubleday when they released the updated/expanded edition in the 90's. It's always kept in the original black 'coffin' wooden box, inside a glass-fronted bookcase. I hardly ever even take it out to look at it as I don't want to spoil it! It really is a gorgeous production for a book, simply beautiful inside and out. I had the chance when it was released to buy one, but didn't, and finally got this copy last year (from David at Betts Books)- it cost me an arm and leg, but I'm glad I bought it. Collecting King books is a very expensive pleasure!!