The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. So begins Book I of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Part sci-fi novel, part futuristic dystopia, part spaghetti Western, and part high fantasy vision, The Gunslinger tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is tracking an enigmatic magician known only as the man in black. Following his quarry across the demon-infested Mohaine Desert, Roland confronts a mad preacher woman and her murderous flock, holds palaver with a speaking demon, and finally befriends a young boy from our world named Jake Chambers. Jake joins Roland on his quest, but while Roland travels with his young companion Jake, the man in black travels with Roland’s soul in his pocket.
500 copies, with dust jacket and slipcase, signed by Stephen King and Michael Whelan
35 lettered copies (A-Z, AA-II), with dust jacket and slipcase, signed by Stephen King and Michael Whelan
12 copies, reserved for the publisher, marked as "Publisher's Copy"
40 copies, reserved for the author, marked "Author's Copy"
10 copies, reserved for the artist, marked "Artist's Copy"
25 (?) copies, unsigned, without slipcase marked "Presentation Copy"
10,000 copies First Trade Edition published in 1982
10,000 copies Second Trade Edition published in 1984
15,000 copies Third Trade Edition published in 1998 [Printed for inclusion in a Dark Tower set with , second trade edition of The Drawing of the Three, and first trade edition of The Waste Lands, and a slipcase for the three books.]