"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools": First American Edition of The HitchHiker's Guide To the Galaxy; Inscribed by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy (Hitch Hiker’s).
Item Number: 99562
New York: Harmony Books, 1979.
First American edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ron Best Wishes Douglas Adams.” Remainder mark, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by Peter Cross. Jacket typography by Ken Sansone.
Originally a radio series, broadcast in 1978 on BBC Radio 4, Adams developed the Hitchhiker's Guide into a "trilogy" of five books which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime. A television series, comic books, computer games, film, and live theatre followed. The story of hyper-intelligent beings who build a computer named Deep Thought to calculate the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything." It is the basis for the 2005 film directed by Garth Jennings, starring Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel and the voices of Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman.