If you are interested in the development of STAR WARS, you will inevitably encounter THE ART OF STAR WARS series.
Since 1979, the series has supplied and shown many conceptual drawings. Over time, the series has changed substantially, going from a simple collection, to developing into a kind of “making of” from an artistic point of view.
In 1977, the first STAR WARS film was released and two years later the first book, “The Art of STAR WARS“, followed. It contains many conceptual drawings, and photos of used models and sets. These photos make the series a welcome reference material.
But the first books (one per each of the earliest three films) did not much more than show who did the sketch and provide a brief description of it. The text of the books consisted exclusively of the respective script. You see a lot of conceptual work, but there is no background information.
On the European mainland these books were almost inaccessible. There was no Internet and so these English-language books were found mostly by chance in specialist bookshops. I myself found the books for the first time – in a bookshop specializing on films – in 1995 in their reissued version. Later with eBay I simply bought the books of the first edition if I could get them for a good price – just for fun.