Hard Cover. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1974. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy; inscribed by the author to half-title three months prior to publication: "for Gill & Ruth/ (& Gillian)--/ with a fond raspberry/ from/ Peter Benchley/ 11/16/73." 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 very good copy with some rubbing and mild wear along the edges, slight lean to spine; in an unclipped dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends and corners, and a few small creases. Overall, a handsome copy, seldom found inscribed by the author. 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.