The Star Wars Portfolio, Ralph McQuarrie, 1977, 1st Ed, Concept Art, VG w/Folder

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McQuarrie, Ralph. The Star Wars Portfolio (New York: Ballantine Books, 1977).
English, First Edition, Near Fine plates in a Very Good folder, Very Good overall, No Binding, 11" x 14," 21 color plates + three pp. of text on one folding leaf.
ISBN: 034527380x
21 color plates laid in a black paper portfolio with folding flaps. Red and white lettering on front and back of portfolio. Color illustration on front panel of portfolio. Each plate has a white background with the concept art shown at center. Plates have light age toning and slight wear to edges and tips, else pristine and intact. Portfolio has moderate wear to extremities and a few wrinkles, else clean and intact. Beautiful set of 21 loose-leaf plates showing concept paintings by Ralph McQuarrie for the first Star Wars movie, Star Wars: A New Hope. Each plate of concept art has brief captions describing the scene. One plate of text includes an introductory essay by Carol Wikarska, Director of Publications, who commends McQuarrie. Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012) was a concept artist and illustrator. He worked on noted movies such as the original Star Wars trilogy, Battlestar Galatica, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The following are brief summaries of the subjects shown on the plates. 1) Millennium Falcon captured by the Death Star. 2) Luke Skywalker fights Darth Vader in a light saber duel aboard a Rebel Blockade Runner. 3) Tusken Raiders and Banthas. 4) Han Solo, Chewbacca (holding Leia), and Luke confront Stormtroopers. 5) Clifftop view of Mos Eisley. 6) View of the planet, Yavin, from its moon, Yavin IV. 7) R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine. 8) Millennium Falcon in Mos Eisley. 9) Battle over the Death Star from an Imperial pilot's point of view. 10) Battle over Death Star. 11) Mos Eisley Cantina. 12) Rebel Y-wing fighters on Massasi. 13) TIE fighter and X-wing battle over a Death Star trench. 14) Luke and Leia stand on a precipice in the Death Star. 15) Jawa Sandcrawler. 16) Rebel Alliance honored on Massasi. 17) Death Star hangar. 18) X-wing in Death Star trench being fired at by lasers. 19) Death Star elevators and walkway. 20) Yavin IV Rebel base. 21) Death Star hangar.

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