New York: Del Rey, 1977. John Berkey. First Book Club Edition. Hardcover. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 Inches. 183 Pages. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #2416
Preceded only by the paperback original a few months earlier. Signed by Alan Dean Foster directly on the title-page. This Book Club Edition is the FIRST hardcover printing of the original classic. Contains the all-important letter code of "S27" in the gutter of page 183. The first trade edition of Star Wars was not printed until after the release of both the first paperback edition and this book club version. Cover art by John Berkey, who later did the artwork for the Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle video game from Atari. A watershed book in the Star Wars canon... The dust jacket shows a hint of wear at the crown and foot of spine and at the folds. Bit of wear to DJ edges. A very clean copy overall.