May The Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2013 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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Get it?! We hope you do. Today is Star Wars Day and we are celebrating by finally posting about a book we received by donation awhile back. This book is not just any book, and whether or not you are a fan of Star Wars, you will appreciate just how cool it is that someone donated it so that one day its sale could support the Austin Public Library.

If you’ve never heard of Star Wars Day, check out the official website which includes coverage of Star Wars Day celebrations worldwide.

The book in question is The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, published in 2007 by dreams & visions press. Only 2000 copies were printed, and this special slipcased edition was limited to 250 individually signed and numbered copies. This copy is 151. (Further, it includes a special bookplate to 600 copies signed by the authors with appreciation for customers who pre-ordered the book.)

Because McQuarrie played such a vital role in making the Star Wars story into a reality, the book is considered a collectible for any major Star Wars Fan. But it also includes much more of McQuarrie’s work which has, in the words of George Lucas upon McQuarrie’s passing in March of last year, “inspired at least two generations of younger artists.”

Coincidentally, last month, the Austin Public Library announced the library’s 2013 READ poster featuring Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars! Stop by the store to see our display through the weekend, and May the Fourth Be With You!

Follow the jump to see more pictures.

(As with any books you find on our blog, contact us during business hours (512-323-5123) or stop in the store to find out more!)

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