New York: Ballantine Books, 1976. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in yellow and white, all edges yellow.
"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy....." Paperback original first edition of the novelization of what later came to be known as Episode IV: A New Hope, preceding the release of the film – which came out on May 25th, 1977 – by six months ("First Edition: December 1976" stated on copyright page). Light foxing to wrap interiors, minor rubbing to spine-ends and edges. Near fine. Item #1471