New York: Del Rey, 1976. John Berkey. First Book Club Edition. Hardcover. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 Inches. 183 Pages. Very Good / Very Good. Item #3073
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 film 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... Hint of scuffing to boards, but extremely clean overall. The dust jacket shows wear at the crown and foot of spine and at folds. A few nicks at edges. A very respectable copy.