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The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (First hardback with the Capricorn One advert to the back [with] the true first edition paperback signed by Douglas Adams)

The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (First hardback with the Capricorn One advert to the back [with] the true first edition paperback signed by Douglas Adams)

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The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (First hardback with the Capricorn One advert to the back [with] the true first edition paperback signed by Douglas Adams)

by Adams, Douglas

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Pan Books & Arthur Barker. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1979 [&] London: Arthur Barker Limited, 1979 8vo., 2 vols; the Pan paperback edition in colourful, holographic-style card wraps; pp. [v], 6-158, [ii]; the hardback in blue publisher's boards, gilt to spine; in the original unclipped pictorial dust jacket (£4.95 net) designed by Patrick Gierth; pp. [v], 6-158, [ii]; both copies very good to near-fine, the paperback with pages evenly toned, as ever, slightly rubbed to extremities of wraps, the odd scratch to edges; the hardback very lightly spotted to upper edge, with some mild compression to spine tips; the jacket retaining, unusually, all of its brightness along the backstrip; ever-so-slightly toned and shelf worn to flaps; some mild spotting to the verso of jacket unobservable to exterior.  Two copies of Adam's iconic work, based on the famous radio series of the same name. The true first edition, issued in paperback, is here signed by the author to the inside front cover 'Best Wishes,/ Douglas Adams'. Together with the first hardback edition - the correct first issue, with the 'Capricorn One' advert to the rear panel. A superb duo, and certainly rare with these attributes.  On 8th March 1978, the first episode of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy was released on BBC Radio 4. It was followed by another five, which received such tremendous reviews that it was repeated twice that year alone, and many more times in the years that followed. Released later as an LP, the Pan Paperback appeared the following year, with a plot based upon the first four episodes within the series (albeit with certain events occurring in a different order, and with some of the more specific details changed). By the second week of publication the book had reached number one in the book charts, and another four novels subsequently followed: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. Adams had been considering a sixth book at the time of his death in 2001, the premise of which was eventually taken up by Eoin Colfer, who released And Another Thing. in 2009.  Now somewhat of a cult classic, the books follow a series of characters, including Arthur Dent, the last surviving inhabitant of Earth, along with Ford Perfect (a humanoid alien and author of the eponymous book), Zaphod Beeblebrox, the depressive Marvin the Paranoid Android, and many others. The idea for the series was first conceived of by Adams as he was hitch-hiking around Europe with a guide to the continent. Lying drunk in a field one evening looking up at the stars, the author thought what a clever idea it would be for someone to make a guide not only of Europe, but the universe as a whole.  Copies of the paperback are rare indeed signed. . Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. 1979.


" IRRESISTIBLE! " -- The Boston Globe: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."--Publishers WeeklyFrom the Paperback edition. - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy aired for the first time at 10:30pm on Wednesday, 8th March 1978 on the BBC as a radio comedy. The radio show's popularity spawned books, a televisions series, several stage plays, a computer game and feature films. The novel adaptation of Adam's radio series is a misnamed “Trilogy” of six books, five written by Douglas Adams – that sold more than 15 millions copies in his lifetime - and a sixth by Eoin Colfer. At the release of the fourth book the series was named "trilogy in four parts," and the US edition of the fifth book was originally released with the legend "The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy" on the cover. Subsequent re-releases of the other novels bore the legend "The [first, second, third, fourth] book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy". In addition, the blurb on the fifth book describes it as "the book that gives a whole new meaning to the word 'trilogy'" Before his death from a heart attack on May 11, 2001, Adams was considering writing a sixth novel in the Hitchhiker's series. Eoin Colfer, an Irish writer of Children's Books, most famous for his Artemis Fowl series, wrote the sixth book in the Hitchhiker's series in 2008–09. Books in the Series (Trilogy) are as follows: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Life, the Universe and Everything So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Mostly Harmless And Another Thing... Two omnibus editions were created by Douglas Adams to combine the Hitchhiker series novels and to "set the record straight". The stories came in so many different formats that Adams stated that every time he told it he would contradict himself. Therefore, he stated in the introduction of The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide that "anything I put down wrong here is, as far as I'm concerned, wrong for good." The two omnibus editions were The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide, Complete and Unabridged (published in 1987) and The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, Complete and Unabridged (published in 1997). Inspired in part by Ken Walsh's Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe published in 1971, which stresses the importance of towels to the travelling hitch-hiker, an important article to the Hitchhiker's in Adam's galaxy as well. When Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster was launched into space on the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018, it had the words DON'T PANIC on the dashboard display and carried amongst other items a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and a towel.

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