SOLD - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams 1980 - Arthur Barker Limited, London - First Edition in Hardback If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe?

Which is exactly what the crew of the
Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?

A fine example of the second novel in ‘
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ trilogy of five books.
  Douglas Adams, Brentwood public schoolboy (as was Mr. Lok Man), chicken-shed cleaner, body guard, Pink Floyd guitarist (once), ‘a brief mutually non-beneficial involvement with the Monty Python team’, and then after writing the radio series which became these books, was script editor for Doctor Who, a cult figure in fantasy fiction heaven who tragically died at the age of 49.

This is definitely the true first edition with a hard back. Oh all right, this was also issued by Pan Books in paperback first, and in the same action taken with
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, librarians are also suspected of having been involved in this dastardly act. But, wait for it... there were two states of the dust jacket the first (dare we suggest it) state is without price, the second state has ‘price in UK only £5.50 net’ printed to the lower corner of the front flap. We are suggesting this order, because over the years the general sort of consensus more or less is that the first three books were all issued in this way. But each to his own planet, this particular copy is the our first state without a printed price on the dust jacket. Mmmm, there is also a later Book Club edition, which may look similar but can be identified as different by the BCA logo to the spine of both the dust jacket and the book. That is all for now.

Octavo (book size 22.3 x 14.5 cm). pp. 187 [1]. Publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket without price, but not price-clipped.
  Condition: Fine in fine jacket.   Ref: 101440   Price: HK$ 0