There’s something so appropriately surreal and disarming about seeing a literary cultural artifact like the autographed typewriter Douglas Adams used to write The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on a book reseller website and sitting right next to a huge red “Add to Basket” button. But there it is, the original Babelfish that translated Adams’ own genius-madness into transmissionable form!
N.V. Books in Great Wolford, Warwickshire is selling Adams’ vintage Hermes Standard 8 typewriter for a cool $25,257.94. Or, rather, they are selling a first-edition copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide in “fine” condition and generously throwing in the typewriter as extra.
With strange significance, the x key is particularly discolored and worn, which I hope will prompt someone to do a statistical breakdown of the frequency of letter x’s in Adams’ oeuvre. Also, for authenticity, an “End Apartheid” sticker is slapped on the side, identifying it with almost carbon-dated efficiency as a relic of the late 70s and 80s.
What a beaut. I hope, if someone buys it, it comes loaded with a single sheet of Eaton’s Corrosable Bond on which has been roughly typed, “So long, and thanks for all the dough.”