The New Lieutenant’s Rap by Stephen King

Here is one of Stephen King’s most elusive books.

History: In October 1998, Stephen King asked Michael Alpert to produce The New Lieutenant’s Rap. The book was wanted for the April 6, 1999 Anniversary Celebration of Stephen’s 25th year a a published novelist. The chapbook (a pocket sized booklet) has a stitched cover with a total of 22 pages. The text replicates King’s handwriting, including the cover page and copyright info. The New Lieutenant’s Rap was later published in King’s collection, Hearts in Atlantis, but that version is substantially shorter.
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After receiving Stephen’s story, Michael worked on the book during the next five months, finishing it in time for Stephen’s New York extravaganza at The Tavern On The Green in Central Park.

As is often the case with Philtrum Press books, Stephen asked him to use innovative book-design ideas similar to The Plant and The Eyes Of The Dragon in previous years. For this book, Michael incorporated Stephen’s hand-printed text within the long tradition of fine bookbinding.

The New Lieutenant’s Rap was printed on beautifully crafted German all-rag paper, and was sewn with green Irish linen thread. After printing, sewing, and numbering the edition for the Carrie party, Michael discovered that he had on hand 24 designer’s proof copies that were used at various stages as guides for the final numbered and signed edition. These working copies are out-of-series (ie: not numbered) and are not meant for Stephen’s signature. An explanatory sheet accompanies each of the 24 proofs.

There is a long standing rumor that at the party” “Reportedly, approximately 28-42 copies were left on the table and thrown out by staff that night. None were recovered from trash. Stephen was so disgusted that drunk guests did this, that he took the remaining 380+  copies and placed them in his office safe in Bangor, where they remain  to this day.”

This was never published or intended to be for sale to the public. It has become available on the secondary market as some of the people who received it as a gift have sold their copy and then others have resold it but it is quite pricey. (currently USD 325)

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