"Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?": First Edition of The Hitch Hiker's Guide To the Galaxy; Signed by Douglas Adams
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To the Galaxy. [Hitchhiker’s]
Item Number: 1646
London: Arthur Baker, 1979.
First British edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Douglas Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket, priced 4.95 net to the inside flap [as called for] and with the correct “Capricorn One” advertisement to the rear panel. A very sharp example, uncommon signed.
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.