Hard Cover. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1974. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. 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 a touch rubbing to the edges, slight lean to spine, former owner signature to front endpaper; in an unclipped jacket with some wear and shallow chipping to the spine ends, light wear to corners, else very good. 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.