First Edition of Michael Crichton's Congo; Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 79096
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
First edition of what many consider to be Crichton’s finest novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by author on the title page, “To ______ best wishes Michael Crichton.” Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
Congo centers on an expedition searching for diamonds and investigating the mysterious deaths of a previous expedition in the dense rain forest of Congo. Crichton calls Congo a lost world novel in the tradition founded by Henry Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, featuring the mines of that work's title. In 1995, a film version of Congo was released, directed by Frank Marshall and starring Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, and Shayna Fox as the voice of Amy.