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Roald Dahl first editions

Collectible Dahl rare books including first edition and signed copies

 

 

Roald Dahl (1916-90), novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.

Famous for his darkly comedic literary inventions written both for adults and children, which included Someone Like You and Kiss Kiss (stories from which went onto form the TV series Tales of the Unexpected) for older readers and such classics of modern children’s literature as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox. Roald Dahl first editions are now  considered highly collectable, especially signed or inscribed first editions which can fetch high prices at auction and retail, and due to his cross-generational appeal make excellent gifts.

Many of Dahl’s works have been successfully dramatised for film and/or stage, notably Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, ensuring his work is constantly being taken up by new generations of readers. He was also a script-writer for several films, including the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).

 

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  1. First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author; 8vo; frontispiece and illustrations by Joseph Schindelman; publisher's cloth-backed grey boards, titles to spine in link. With the pictorial dust jacket. Minor toning to the text but an excellent copy in the dust jacket. Housed in a custom-made, black quarter morocco box.

    £2,250
  2. Christmas card signed by Roald Dahl; 180 x 250 mm. (unfolded); colour illustration of 'Mother Christmas' by Quentin Blake to front cover, with printed poem ''Where art thou, Mother Christmasý' by Roald Dahl to verso and printed Christmas greetings to facing, with additional autograph of Roald Dahl to head thereof and inscribed by original sender 'Love Josie X' below printed greetings.

    £475
  3. First edition, first impression, signed copy with dedication from the author; 8vo; publisher's boards, dust-jacket, a little toning but overall very good.

    £700
  4. First UK edition, first impression; large 8vo; black & white illustrations by Faith Jacques, contemporary ink name to front free endpaper, overall internally very good; original boards with wrap-around artwork, laminated as issued, slight wear to corner-tips and spine ends but overall very good.

    £300
  5. First edition, second issue with 4-line colophon; large 8vo; frontispiece, plates and illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, original cloth, dust-jacket, spine slightly dulled as usual, otherwise fine.

    £500
  6. First edition, first printing; 8vo; frontispiece and illustrations by Joseph Schindelman, internally fine; publisher's cloth-backed pictorial boards, near-fine, dust-jacket, price-clipped, but overall a near fine, bright example with no fading to spine.

    £375
  7. First edition; 8vo; frontispiece and illustrations by Joseph Schindelman, internally fine; publisher's cloth-backed pictorial boards, near-fine, dust-jacket, price-clipped, a little light wear to extreme head of spine with some minor rubbing to top edge of lower panel but overall a fine, bright example.

    £480
  8. First edition, 8vo, original boards, dust-jacket, spine slightly sunned, a little rubbed at extremities.

    £55
  9. First edition, 8vo, colour frontispiece and monotone illustrations by Graham Dean, original cloth, dust-jacket, a fine copy.

    £45
  10. First American edition, 4to., illustrations by Rosemary Fawcett, original cloth, dust-jacket, closed tear to one corner, slight rubbing to extremities.

    £65
 

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