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XXL books are a minimum 39 cm (15.4 in.)

The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983


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Edition: EnglishAvailability: Coming soon
Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. In this XXL-sized tome, George Lucas guides us through the original trilogy like never before, recounting the inspirations, experiences, and stories that created a modern monomyth. Complete with script pages, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, and more.
Hardcover, quarter-bound16.2 x 11.8 in.13.85 lb604 pages
The Star Wars Archives pulls off the impossible: a fresh look at one of the most picked-off franchises ever.”
Chicago Tribune

“The best book on the greatest saga in the world.”

Welt am Sonntag

“A fascinating insight into the creation of the Star Wars.”

“The definitive exploration of the original trilogy.”
The Independent
“My films have a tendency to promote personal self-esteem, a you-can-do-it attitude. Their message is: ‘Don’t listen to everyone else. Discover your own feelings and follow them. Then you can overcome anything.”
George Lucas
XXL books are a minimum 39 cm (15.4 in.)
The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983

The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983


The Star Wars Archives. 1977 - 1983

The definitive exploration of the original trilogy

Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. After watching depressing and cynical movies throughout the early 1970s, audiences enthusiastically embraced the positive energy of the Star Wars universe as they followed moisture farmer Luke Skywalker on his journey through a galaxy far, far away, meeting extraordinary characters like mysterious hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi, space pirates Han Solo and Chewbacca, loyal droids C-3PO and R2-D2, bold Princess Leia and the horrific Darth Vader, servant of the dark, malevolent Emperor.

Writer, director, and producer George Lucas created the modern monomyth of our time, one that resonates with the child in us all. He formed Industrial Light & Magic to develop cutting-edge special effects technology, which he combined with innovative editing techniques and a heightened sense of sound to give audiences a unique sensory cinematic experience.

In this first volume, made with the full cooperation of Lucasfilm, Lucas narrates his own story, taking us through the making of the original trilogy—Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi—and bringing fresh insights into the creation of a unique universe. Complete with script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters, the XXL-sized tome is an authoritative exploration of the original saga as told by its creator.
The author

Paul Duncan is a film historian whose TASCHEN books include The Star Wars Archives, The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir, and Horror Cinema, as well as publications on film directors, film genres, and movie stars.

The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983
Hardcover, quarter-bound41.1 x 30 cm6.28 kg604 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6340-6

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-6343-7

Edition: Spanish
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29 Ratings

Must have

Artem D.,November 11, 2023
If you love Star Wars you must have this one in your library. One of the best gift I received in my life. The book tells your more about Lucas personality, his thoughts and ideas that led him to creating SW universe. Very interesting and has a really great amount of photos, early sketches, script pages and such.

Best book on Star Wars

Zoltan,November 11, 2021
This book is a must have if you are. STAR WARS FAN.


Blaise,November 1, 2021
Livraison rapide et sécurisée. Le livre est tellement beau que j'ai peur de le lire. Tant pis ! Un livre c'est fait pour être lu ! Merci à l'auteur et à l'éditeur !

A Jedi treasure

Gabriel,October 28, 2021
If you are a Star Wars fan, you might have several books on the topic, including some big, beautiful ones covering the original trilogy. If you do, do you still need this one? Well, you do (at least I did!). Your usual, huge, lavish XXL Taschen book, but now full of space ships, Jedi, Sith and everything you love in beautiful quality pictures, with insights and information on the making of the movies. The Force is strong with this one (sorry, I had to!)

An incredible book

Jasun,October 27, 2021
This isn’t just a bunch of pictures and a back story we all knew anyway. This is a stunning in-depth history about where the films came from, how they got made and all of the trials that Lucas had to go through just to get to the point where he could start shooting.