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ISBN 10: 0233965106 / ISBN 13: 9780233965109
Published by André Deutsch, London, 1974
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Impression of the UK edition ("First published 1974 . . ." on copyright page). 8vo: 272pp. Publisher's coarsely woven red cloth, spine lettered in gilt (still sharp), pink end papers; illustrated dust jacket, priced £1.95 beneath residue of removed sticker. Fine, tight, square copy, likely unread; Fine jacket, fresh and bright. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors' works. Benchley's second novel, the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort town and the voyage of three men trying to kill it. Basis for Steven Spielberg's film, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. Jaws became the highest grossing movie in history up to that point, becoming a watershed film in motion picture history and the father of the summer blockbuster. Three sequels followed. N.B.: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1382

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Title: Jaws

Publisher: André Deutsch, London

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Peter Benchley's masterful novel of suspense has become a classic of modern fiction since it was first published in 1974. The story of the great white shark that threatens the peace of the small holiday resort of Amity on Long Island in upstate New York spawned one of the most iconic movies of the last 50 years and became a bestseller around the world. The simple, but gruesome opening of the young girl being attacked while swimming by a shark only for her remains to turn up as the tide recedes begins a powerful story which examines the many simmering emotions that lie beneath the seemingly cosy face of the town and the relationships of the men and women affected by the threat to their livelihoods and their families. The novel spawned a number of copycats, but Benchley's novel has never been surpassed.

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"Relentless terror." The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again -- or for the first time!

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