The Edelweiss online catalog of Random House books has been updated with items from the publisher's summer 2012 roster. One of those books is the eagerly-awaited reference guide Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion. Check out the new blurb below, and click the thumbnail above to see preliminary cover art a cool placeholder image.
A new, never-before-published entry in our extremely popular series of fully illustrated Star Wars Essential Guides. Star Wars: The Essential Reader?s Companion is a book Star Wars fans have been asking for, and will be presented with astonishing full-color artwork throughout!
Star Wars: The Essential Reader?s Companion is the first Essential Guide devoted entirely to published Star Wars fiction, from the original movie novelization, to young reader?s books, short stories, eBook novellas, and the most recent adult novel. This book will cover all the fiction that has built the Star Wars Expanded Universe over the last thirty-five years.
Click here to see the book's full catalog page on Edelweiss!
UPDATE: Erich Schoeneweiss from Del Rey tells me that the above art is not actually for the cover:
I just want to clarify that we are not using that amazing Michael Whelan Yoda painting on the cover. It's simply a placeholder image for catalog purposes. Our cover art director, Scott Biel, has commissioned an amazing new painting from a fan favorite artist and I know it will excite the readers when we reveal it in 2012.