Terry Brooks. The Sword of Shannara. New York: Random House [1977].
    First edition. Octavo. 726 pages. Full-page, black-and-white illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt.

    Publisher's black cloth over brown paper boards. Overall fine condition. The dust jacket is fine.

    The Sword of Shannara
    (1977) was "high-fantasy" author Terry Brooks' first novel, a work clearly inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Brooks' recent work includes the movie novelization of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). This first edition was a reading copy sent by Ballantine Books Senior Editor Judy-Lynn del Rey to Nick Clemente of Hollywood-Pickwick on December 23, 1976. In her letter (which is included), del Rey writes, "The Sword of Shannara [is] the book we truly believe will capture the Tolkien audience." From the Robert and Diane Yaspan Collection.

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