1976 George Lucas PERSONALLY OWNED and LEGIBLY HAND-SIGNED STAR WARS GLORY BOOK For Sale
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1976 George Lucas PERSONALLY OWNED and LEGIBLY HAND-SIGNED STAR WARS GLORY BOOK:
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1976 PRE-RELEASE ITEM!!
1-OF-A-KIND EARLY Star Wars HISTORY!
AMAZING PRE-RELEASE lineage & FULLY RECORDED PROVENANCE!
Up for sale is simply one of the greatest Star Wars items to ever hit the open market: An original 1976 STAR WARS Pre-Release GLORY BOOK with AMAZING lineage and provenance - INCLUDING - the fact that this was PERSONALLY OWNED BY George Lucas & HAND-SIGNED (PERFECTLY & LEGIBLY) by the CREATOR HIMSELF - back in 1976 no less!!
George Lucas assembled this aesthetically and historically significant 21-page portfolio of ultra high-quality production stills and gave it to his on-set still photographer, John Jay, back in July of 1976. This was shortly after the principle live-action filming of Star Wars was finally completed. Back then, Lucas and the film were experiencing a plethora of problems, all of which had profoundly threatened the completion of the production. After negotiating through more than anyone's fair share of trials and tribulations, Lucas returned to the United States with the movie footage in his hands at last. He was so relieved and thankful to get through all of the overseas mishaps that when he finally did return to the US he created this memento as a "thank you" gift to John Jay for his hard work on the film.
Flash forward to 2007: For the 30th anniversary on Star Wars, the quintessential book accounting the entire history of George Lucas' signature creation was released. It meticulously chronicles every step in the journey on how he was able to put together his now legendary epic masterpiece. The book entitled, "THE MAKING OF STAR WARS: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film, Based On The Lost Interviews From The Official Lucasfilm Archives" was written by New York Times best-selling author J. W. Rinzler. At the beginning of chapter 10, on page 218 Rinzler writes:
"A shattered Lucas made a couple of stops before returning to California: Mobile, Alabama, to visit Spielberg on his set; and New York City to say hello to Brian De Palma. Lucas had assembled booklets of black-and-white production stills, on-set photography of Star Wars, which he gave to his friends, including film critic Jay Crocks."
This is one of those books!! Besides the obvious, what makes this particular book so wonderful is that it was gifted to John Jay, the original photographer who actually took all of the photos contained within it, and so it's THE ARTIST'S PERSONAL PORTFOLIO! The book is also HAND signed by George Lucas and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz to Jay personally. Most appropriately, and, very thoughtfully, the book was signed on the last page, which is the backside of the production still of George Lucas directing the finale of the movie. Remarkable!
THE GEORGE LUCAS SIGNATURE IS AMAZING!!
If you're an autograph collector, then you know - It's nearly impossible to find a legible signature on Lucas. Almost 100% of all his autographs are what you'd have to describe as a mere "dismissive" squirrelly squiggle. This one certainly is not. It's actually as nice as it gets - VERY clear, legible, and easy to read. It's perhaps the single nicest authentic signature to ever be sold on Lucas. George really took his time with this one. He was signing it to a respected colleague who was also a friend, and so it mattered! This is an amazing item to own. Again, this particular book, given to John Jay, is arguably the best of all the Glory Books. That's because it's also the artist's portfolio - which makes it a double whammy!
John Jay's more than fantastic work comprises the entire contents of this and ALL the other books that Lucas gifted out. The book consists of 21 photographs of extraordinary high quality and clarity. These are NOT studio dupes distributed for publicity purposes; these are actual prints off the camera negatives bound in a volume. They're NOT lithographs. Additionally, as you can see from the photo, this portfolio has the ORIGINAL working title on the cover, "The Star Wars," along with the now famous Ralph McQuarrie pre-production art of Luke Skywalker directly above it. Also chronicled on the same page  of Rinzler's "The Making of Star Wars,"is an important clarification as to when the film's title changed. It mentions that it wasn't until on or about the same time as these books that"Lucas had dropped The from the title, at which point it became Star Wars" - Another goldennugget of information which coincidespoignantlywith this portfolio, making it evenjuicier. Notice on its final page (back of still 21), rightabove George Lucas' signature - TheThe in Star Wars has been dropped!
This is quite the historic and early "Star Wars" memento. Actually, this might be the earliest Star Wars memento that was specifically designed to be a memento, if that makes sense. I think it did to Lucas when he gifted it out. Clearly, this book belongs in a museum or archive. Which brings me to the other important part of the recorded history and lineage of this particular item: This portfolio was, in fact, and, indeed, in the possession of a prestigious archive. It came from the Motion Picture & Television Photo Archive in Van Nuys, CA. How do I know this? Simple. This item was acquired in a live sale held in California by the well-known sale house Butterfield & Butterfield. The sale was held back in early 2001. That's when Butterfields was briefly owned by the Internet cyber giant . I have email correspondence in regards to this particular purchase, all with the sale # and the specific item #, and, the most important information -the consignment history - as explained by Butterfields' own Katie Peters. She expounds:
"Our Butterfields consignor of the Star Wars Album was the Motion Picture & Television Photo Archive in Van Nuys, CA. It was formerly given to the Archive by John Jay (The back cover of the album contains a white 2-1/2 x 1 inch sticker reading: All photographs contained in this portfolio are by John Jay. These images are not to be reproduced in any manner without the express written consent of Lucasfilm LTD. All rights reserved.) It was originally a gift given to John Jay by George Lucas and Gary Kurtz in appreciation for his work on Star Wars. Only a handful of these exclusive albums were made."
The above printed-out email correspondence will be included with this book along with other pages regarding the 2001 sale purchase. This is as important and as rare as any piece of movie memorabilia ever gets.If you're looking for an investment/museum quality item, look no further.
George Lucas ....creator
Gary Kurtz .... producer
John Williams....original Music
Mark Hamill .... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford .... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher .... Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing .... Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness .... Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
Anthony Daniels .... C-3PO
David Prowse .... Darth Vader
James Earl Jones .... Darth Vader (voice)
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