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Roald Dahl

Shop rare books, first editions, and signed copies by Roald Dahl (1916–90)—British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.

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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  • Kiss Kiss.

    DAHL, Roald.
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    Presentation copy. A collection of short-stories by one of the masters of that medium, Kiss Kiss includes the apiologically disconcerting 'Royal Je...

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  • Matilda.

    DAHL, Roald; BLAKE, Quentin (illustrator).
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    A first edition of Dahl's superb tale of a little girl whose innate genius has her pitted against her inane parents and irate headmistress. A clas...

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  • The Magic Finger.

    DAHL, Roald; DU BOIS, William Pène (illustrator).
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    A near fine copy of Roald Dahl's third children's book The Magic Finger.First UK edition, small 4to, illustrations by William Pène du Bois, light ...

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  • The BFG.

    DAHL, Roald; BLAKE, Quentin (illustrator).
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    One of 300 copies - signed by the author and illustrator. Deluxe limited first US edition of this Dahl classic, signed by both the author and the i...

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  • The Gremlins.

    DAHL, Roald.
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    A very smart first edition copy of Roald Dahl's first book The Gremlins, a collaborative effort with Disney for a feature-length animation which, ...

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  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    DAHL, Roald; SCHINDELMAN, Joseph (illustrator).
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    A very good first edition of the continued adventures of Charlie Bucket and his family, in the company of mad confectioner Willy Wonka. Inscribed ...

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  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    DAHL, Roald; SCHINDELMAN, Joseph (illustrator).
    Original price $474.00 - Original price $474.00
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    The continuing adventures of the Bucket family and the splendid Willy Wonka, catapulted into the heavens via Wonka's special glass elevator, where...

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  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    DAHL, Roald; JAQUES, Faith (illustrator).
    Original price $379.00 - Original price $379.00
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    An attractive first British edition of Dahl's sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, not easy to find in such condition.First UK edition, fi...

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  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    DAHL, Roald; SCHINDELMAN, Joseph (illustrator).
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    The continuing adventures of the Bucket family and the splendid Willy Wonka, catapulted into the heavens via Wonka's special glass elevator, where...

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  • My Uncle Oswald.

    DAHL, Roald.
    Original price $70.00 - Original price $70.00
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    A collection of the further adventures of Uncle Oswald.First edition, 8vo, original boards, dust-jacket, spine slightly sunned, a little rubbed at...

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  • Dirty Beasts.

    DAHL, Roald; Rosemary Fawcett.
    Original price $83.00 - Original price $83.00
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    First American edition; 4to; illustrations by Rosemary Fawcett, a few minor spots to upper endpapers, else fine; publisher's plum cloth, pictorial...

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  • The Magic Finger.

    DAHL, Roald; William Pène du Bois, illustrator.
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    A near fine copy of Roald Dahl's third children's book The Magic Finger.First UK edition, small 4to, illustrations by William Pène du Bois, very s...

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