"ANOTHER GALAXY, ANOTHER TIME": STAR WARS, THE NOVELIZATION, SIGNED BY GHOSTWRITER ALAN DEAN FOSTER
(FOSTER, Alan Dean) LUCAS, George. Star Wars. From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. New York: Del Rey, (1976). Octavo, original beige paper boards, original dust jacket. $1500.
True first hardbound edition, signed on the title page by ghostwriter Alan Dean Foster.
Though credited to screenwriter and director George Lucas, veteran scifi author Alan Dean Foster wrote this novelization based on Lucas' script, for a flat fee of $5000. The following year Foster published his sequel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978), which Lucas commissioned for the purpose of being filmed as a low-budget sequel in the event that Star Wars did not do well at the box office. Needless to say, the movie's spectacular success led to the big-budget sequel The Empire Strikes Back, scripted by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett and directed by Irvin Kershner. With 16 pages of color stills from the movie production; the dust jacket incorporates John Berkey's iconic poster image. First hardbound edition, released for the Del Rey Science Fiction Book Club with gutter code S27; preceded only by the paperback edition published in December, 1976, well in advance of the May 1977 movie premiere, and followed by the first trade edition of the next year).
Book with interior generally fine, minor foxing to spine, bright dust jacket with only slightest rubbing to extremities. A handsome copy.