Super fans of the original Star Wars trilogy will not want to miss out on this latest Star Wars literature published by Taschen. The Star Wars Archives Episodes IV-VI 1977-1983 (ISBN 978-3-8365-6340-6, Taschen) book is the definitive exploration of the original trilogy that exploded onto the silver screens in 1977.
It was sci-fi like no other with a unique story even by today’s standard and the special effects were way, way ahead of their time. In this XXL-sized tome, George Lucas, the original creator of this iconic franchise, guides the reader through the original trilogy, recounting the inspirations, experiences, and stories. Accompanying the narrative are script pages, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, and more.
“In this first volume, made with the full cooperation of Lucasfilm, Lucas narrates his own story, taking us through the making of the original trilogy—Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi—and bringing fresh insights into the creation of a unique universe. Complete with script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters, the XXL-sized tome is an authoritative exploration of the original saga as told by its creator.”TASCHEN
The book is authored by Paul Duncan, a film historian who was behind a host of other movie books including The James Bond Archive, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, and more. There are two versions of The Star Wars Archives Episodes IV-VI 1977-1983.
The first was a 604-page hardcover, quarter-bound book measuring 41.1 x 30 cm (16.2 x 11.8 inches) and weighing 7.04 kg (15.5 lbs), published in November 2018. The second we found was a 40th Edition celebrating Taschen’s 40 years in business, published in November 2020 (ISBN-13: 978-3836581172, Taschen). It has 512 pages, is also hardcover, measures 6.4 x 1.7 x 8.8 inches (16.3 x 4.3 x 22.4 cm), and weighs 3.12 lbs (1.42 kg). The former is available on Amazon for US$169.99 and the latter is just US$27.40.
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