Hard Cover. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1974. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. Inscribed by the author to half-title in the days preceding the book's official publication. Publisher's black cloth, stamped in silver to spine, blue endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket with a drawing of a shark beneath a swimming woman over a black background, lettered in white, red, and gray, with a photographic portrait of the author by Alex Gotfryd to the rear panel. A near fine copy with front board very slightly bowed, light scattered spotting to text block edges; in a very good dust jacket with wear to extremities, a touch of soiling to white letters on the front panel, a few tiny closed tears to spine ends, two-inch closed tear to bottom edge of front panel affecting the shark illustration. Overall, a handsome copy, inscribed by the author before publication. The story of Jaws, perhaps best known for its 1975 film adaptation, originated as a novel by Peter Benchley. It tells of a small resort town in Long Island, New York that is terrorized by a great white shark, and the efforts of three men to kill the shark and stop the attacks. Inspired by Benchley's long-held fascination with shark attacks, Jaws was a huge success, and sold millions of copies within the first two years of publication. Notably, the novel's film adaptation marked the beginning of the "summer blockbuster" phenomenon, which has continued since.