One of the greatest movies ever made, Jaws, is actually very, very different from the original source material. Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel was extensively reworked by Spielberg and writer Carl Gottlieb to create the much loved and admired cinematic legend. How different? There is only one way to really find out. Grab a copy and read it.

If you are a true reader, a lover of books, a collector, and an aficionado then maybe we have found the version for you.

Special edition publishing powerhouse the Suntup Press are going to work their magic on Jaws and, oh my, is it magic. Expensive magic, but isn’t that the best kind? How expensive? Well… read on…

Expensive Jaws

This special version of Jaws contains bonus content from Peter Benchley’s archives, including the original typed title page, a brainstorming list of possible titles, a letter from Benchley to producer David Brown with honest feedback on the movie adaptation, and excerpts from Benchley’s book Shark Trouble.


This account is firsthand from Benchley, telling of writing Jaws, selling it to Universal Studios, and working with Steven Spielberg. Also included are reproductions and sketches of the iconic painting by Roger Kastel used on the original paperback cover and film poster.

The limited edition of Jaws by Peter Benchley is to be presented in four special versions: Artist, Numbered, Lettered, and Roman Numeral. The editions are all oversized at 7” x 10” and feature full-color illustrations by John Anthony Di Giovanni as well as a new exclusive introduction by Wendy Benchley.

The various editions are signed by either Wendy Benchley, John Anthony Di Giovanni, and Roger Kastel or a combination of them.

The Artist edition ($155) is limited to 1000 copies with a dust jacket featuring the iconic painting by Roger Kastel used on the original paperback cover and film poster. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping.

Artists Edition

The Numbered edition ($595) of 350 copies is a quarter Japanese cloth binding with the cloth covering the lower section of the boards, and goatskin covering the upper section. A bonded leather fin is laser cut and inset into the cover. Endsheets are handmade from acid-free Indian batik cotton rag paper and screen printed.

Numbered Edition

The Lettered edition ($2,950) is limited to 26 copies and is a bradel binding featuring genuine fish leather on the spine and leather boards. Endsheets are hand marbled for this edition. The enclosure is a custom-built wooden box with glass portholes on the lid and a laser engraved metal plate at the top edge, which is inspired by the Orca fishing boat from the novel.

Lettered Edition

Lettered Edition

The Roman Numeral edition ($6,750) is limited to 10 copies and is a full leather binding with a hand-dyed airbrush gradient overdyed with craquelure resist technique. The title is hand-tooled with genuine silver leaf. Endpapers are leather jointed with a hand-painted flyleaf, sprinkled with silver leaf sunago and edge-to-edge leather doublures, which are dyed to match the covering leather. All edges are decorated with an airbrushed gradient of acrylic ink, sprinkled with silver leaf sunago. Endbands are hand sewn with Italian silk.

Roman Numeral Edition

I don’t know what any of this is, but it sounds exquisite and the kind of thing that could make you a hit at very, very highbrow dinner parties. You know, the kind that we never get invited to. Just reading this has me imagining a future where the crusty old guy in my local second-hand bookshop finally welcomes me as an equal, rather than as a mug.

I shall immediately begin concocting a convincing cover story for my partner as to why I have spent two and a half years’ worth of the kid’s college tuition savings on a book.

It will be fine.

Beautiful Jaws

The big news, other than the price, is clearly the illustrations. Beautiful works of art from John Anthony Di Giovanni that bring to life several key scenes from the book. These are notably different from the movie in a number of ways, but still entirely recognizable, as you will see from these examples.

First of all, something unseen closes in to investigate Chrissie Watkins.


A very different Hooper to the movies has a special gift for Ellen Brody.


Alex Kintner is having a wonderful day at the beach.


Even though it is never said in the book, Brody is about to realize they’re gonna need a bigger boat.

A very different end for both the shark and for Quint.


If you are a Jaws fan then check out our breakdown of what makes the movie just work so perfectly here.

Read the incredible history of the troubled Jaws theme park ride:

Part I 

Part II

Part III

Part IV

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