Jun 16, 2022 - Sale 2609

Sale 2609 - Lot 285

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
BENCHLEY, PETER. Jaws. 8vo, publisher's black cloth, spine titles silver, minor wear to spine tips; unclipped dust jacket, light rubbing to folds. First Edition, inscribed by Richard Dreyfuss and with additional signed related ephemera laid in. The inscription reads: "He was ashamed at the end," the actor summing up Benchley's feelings regarding the millions of sharks that had been killed because of how one was portrayed by him in his book and in the film. (Before his death Benchley became an ardent advocate of shark conservation.) Laid in is a card signed by Benchley with a shark's head drawing; a "Creatures of the Sea" First Day Cover signed by composer John Williams who wrote the musical score for the film and who has hand drawn the two opening stanzas; a photoprint of the Jaws book cover signed by Susan Backlinie, the actress who played Chrissie Watkins, the first shark victim; and a postcard of the film poster. First Printing with code 044 on page 311. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1974