First hardcover issue of Alan Dean Foster's ghostwritten novelization.
Fine in near fine jacket.
"I have been waiting a long time, Obi-wan Kenobi," Darth Vader intoned solemnly. "We meet again at last. The circle has been completed."
One of a select number of genuinely scarce and collectible book club editions: issued after the paperback release, just months before the film itself appeared in theaters, and preceding the first trade hardcover edition by a year. Foster, currently waging his own valiant rebellion against Lucasfilm's new overlord, the Disney empire, for the royalties due him, is a giant of the media franchise novelization world: adapter not only of STAR WARS but also of Clash of the Titans, The Last Starfighter, several Star Trek, Terminator, Transformers, and any number of Alien properties.
New York: Del Rey, (1976). 8'' x 5.25''. Original light grey boards, blue-lettered spine. In original dust jacket clipped free of book club notice. Jacket painting by John Berkey. "S27" printed in gutter of page 183. Illustrated with two 8-page color photographic supplements. , 183,  pages. Just a bit of edgewear and faint soiling to jacket.
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