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DAHL, Roald.

Rare books by Roald Dahl, including first editions and signed and finely bound copies.

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) had two quite distinct literary personae, one as the author of macabre adult stories that came to be known by their televised series title as Tales of the Unexpected, the other as one of most popular authors of children’s fiction of all time.

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  1. The Gremlins.

    The Gremlins.

    From the Walt Disney Production.
    First Edition, First Printing. Roald Dahl's first book and his only collaboration with Walt Disney, The Gremlins was written as a promotional device for a feature-length Disney animation that was never produced, partly because the studio could not establish firm copyright in the "gremlin" characters (Dahl claimed to have invented them, though they had been common currency in the RAF and had appeared in print at least once before) and partly because the British Air Ministry wanted final approval of the script and production. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1943

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 88956

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  2. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.
    signed

    The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    First UK edition, preceded by the first US edition of the previous year. A special copy, bound for presentation, signed by 32 assorted dignitaries, probably at a special dinner in London in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The eclectic group of signatories include Air Marshall Richard Peck, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, London, and Dahl's superior, to whom Dahl wrote about his time in Hollywood "wangling the script" into Disney and boasting about the imminent book publication; Sir Charles Johns Mole, British architect who served in the Ministry of Works, eventually becoming its director-general; the Labour parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Works, George Hicks MP; and the great jockey Gordon Richards. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: [1944]

    Published: London and Glasgow

    Stock Code: 83206

    Signed: Yes

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  3. 116292

    Over to You.

    10 Stories of Flyers and Flying.
    First UK edition, first impression, preceded in the same year by the US edition. A collection of stories based on Dahl’s experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl’s second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116292

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  4. Someone Like You.
    signed

    Someone Like You.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dahl on the front flyleaf: "For Kate from Roald Dahl. Nov. 9, 1953." Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112941

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Kiss Kiss.
    signed

    Kiss Kiss.

    First edition, fifth printing of Dahl's bestselling fourth collection of short stories. Presentation copy, inscribed by Patricia Neal Dahl and signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper, "To Sister Baker, with gratitude for your helping hand! Patricia Neal Dahl and Roald Dahl. Aug. 1960." The Dahls's son, Theo Matthew Roald, was born on 30 July 1960, and it is likely on account of Baker's assistance with the felicitous event that the presentation was made. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 105538

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Kiss Kiss.
    signed

    Kiss Kiss.

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Dr Murray and his family, love Roald Dahl." From the library of Irish book collector Dr Philip Murray, author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). He writes of meeting Dahl at a signing: "It was quite apparent that he got great enjoyment out of meeting the hundreds of children who queued up that day to have their books signed" (p. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112803

    Signed: Yes

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  7. "James and the Giant Peach, A Children's Story. "

    "James and the Giant Peach, A Children's Story. "

    Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.
    First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 85273

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  8. 93017comp
    signed

    "James and the Giant Peach, A Children's Story. "

    Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.
    First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page. Signed on the front free endpaper by the author. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 93017

    Signed: Yes

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  9. "James and the Giant Peach, A Children's Story. "

    "James and the Giant Peach, A Children's Story. "

    Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.
    First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114897

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  10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    First edition, first printing, first issue with the six lines of printing information on the last page. This was cut to five in all subsequent issues. The US edition precedes the English by three years. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 63813

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  11. The Magic Finger.

    The Magic Finger.

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published two years earlier in the US. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111986

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  12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    The further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka chocolate-maker extraordinary.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114245

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  13. 113753comp
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    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    The further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka chocolate-maker extraordinary.
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To all the children of Mary with Love Roald Dahl." An uncommon title to be found inscribed. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 113753

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    The further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka chocolate-maker extraordinary.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114877

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  15. Switch Bitch.
    signed

    Switch Bitch.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1974

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91286

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Switch Bitch.
    signed

    Switch Bitch.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Dahl on the half title "To Bryan Love Roald 1975". The recipient was Bryan Forbes, the film actor, director and producer. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1974

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 82896

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Danny the Champion of the World.
    signed

    Danny the Champion of the World.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Willa, love Roald Dahl." It was originally published in the UK by Cape in the same year. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1975

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 96100

    Signed: Yes

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  18. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    signed

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Sonia with love Roald Dahl, March 1981". Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 86898

    Signed: Yes

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  19. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    signed

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112959

    Signed: Yes

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  20. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    signed

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed inscription to the verso of the half-title. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99107

    Signed: Yes

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