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Roald Dahl

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. 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,... Learn More

    Regular Price: £12,500

    Special Price £9,375

    Stock Code: 83206

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  2. The Gremlins.
    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... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 88956

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  3. 116292
    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

    Stock Code: 116292

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  4. 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

    Stock Code: 112941

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  5. Kiss Kiss.

    Kiss Kiss.

    New York: 1960

    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... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 105538

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  6. 123358
    First UK edition, first impression. Kiss Kiss was originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 123358

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

    Regular Price: £7,500

    Special Price £5,625

    Stock Code: 63813

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  8. 120867
    First edition, first printing, with the six-line colophon on the final page which was cut to five in subsequent printings. The book was not published in Britain until 1967. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 120867

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  9. .
    First edition, first printing with the six line colophon on the last page (this was cut to five in all subsequent printings). This US edition precedes the English by three years. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109131

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  10. 120746
    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US by Knopf in 1961. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 120746

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  11. 121196comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Six years from now, with lots of love from Roald Dahl, Nov. 1967", with "To Todd" inscribed above in a different hand, and a bookplate with "Todd" inscribed in a childish hand pasted to the verso of the dedication... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 121196

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

    Stock Code: 111986

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  13. The Magic Finger.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published two years earlier in the US. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 109379

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  14. 107335
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 107335

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  15. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 114245

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  16. 122450
    First edition, first printing. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a year. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 122450

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  17. 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

    Stock Code: 82896

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  18. Switch Bitch.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, To Mike Mann, with lots of good wishes, from Roald Dahl. Christmas 1974. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 113761

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

    Stock Code: 91286

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  20. 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

    Stock Code: 96100

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  21. 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

    Stock Code: 86898

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  22. 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

    Stock Code: 112959

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  23. 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

    Stock Code: 99107

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  24. My Uncle Oswald.
    First edition, first impression. Signed Dahl book plate to front pastedown. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 88076

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  25. My Uncle Oswald.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Dr. P. Murray, with my very best wishes, Roald Dahl. 10 Oct. 1983." 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... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 112845

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  26. 122535
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 122535

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  27. 123016
    Uncorrected proof copy of My Uncle Oswald, which was first published in 1979. The character of Uncle Oswald previously appeared in "The Visitor" and "Bitch", two short stories also written by Roald Dahl. From the library of Johannes Van Dam, the Dutch author who translated my Uncle Oswald into Dutch, with his pencil ownership... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 123016

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  28. 116997comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue Sharpie to front free endpaper, "Magnus, Love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 116997

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  29. 121434
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 121434

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  30. 123208comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper, "To Andrew, Heidi & Matthew, with love, Roald Dahl. 15 Dec. 1980". Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 123208

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  31. 121600
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 121600

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  32. 118341comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jan & Colin, with love, Roald". The recipients were Jan and Colin Ross-Munro. Jan, an art historian who regularly lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a close friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 118341

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  33. 121518
    First edition, first impression. Dahl's fantastical tale was expanded from a short story in his 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. A film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2016. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 121518

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  34. 123427
    First edition, first impression. Dahl's fantastical tale was expanded from a short story in his 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. A film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2016. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 123427

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  35. 121612
    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, the book was adapted into a stage play, a two-part radio dramatization for the BBC, and a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg starring Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, and an opera by Marcus Paus and Ole Paus. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 121612

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  36. 118676
    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, the book was adapted into a stage play and a two-part radio dramatization for the BBC, a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg which starred Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, and an opera by Marcus Paus and Ole Paus. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 118676

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  37. 116697
    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, the book was adapted into a stage play and a two-part radio dramatization for the BBC, a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg which starred Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, and an opera by Marcus Paus and Ole Paus. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 116697

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  38. 110047
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 110047

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  39. 120384
    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, the book was adapted into a stage play and a two-part radio dramatization for the BBC, a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg which starred Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, and an opera by Marcus Paus and Ole Paus. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 120384

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  40. 123520
    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of poetry about animals. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 123520

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  41. 122530

    Boy.

    London: 1984

    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 122530

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  42. 122536

    Boy.

    London: 1984

    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 122536

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  43. 122010
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122010

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  44. 123326comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to the title page: "Sarah love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £2,350

    Stock Code: 123326

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  45. 123523
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 123523

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  46. Going Solo.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 101866

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  47. 118338comp
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jan, Love Roald". The recipients was Jan Ross-Munro. Jan, an art historian who regularly lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a close friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More
    £1,600

    Stock Code: 118338

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    Two Fables.

    Harmondsworth: 1986

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Colin, Love Roald". The recipient was Colin Ross-Munro. Colin's wife, Jan, was an old friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Two Fables was published in honour of Dahl's 70th birthday. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 118336

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  49. Matilda.
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 110911

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  50. 99269
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. A wonderful example of the Chelsea... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 99269

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  51. Matilda.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To all the Briggs', with love, Roald. 9/4/88". Michael Briggs operated on Dahl's spine in 1978, and the two became friends, and Dahl inscribed several copies of his books for the family over the years. Matilda won the... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 114776

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  52. 121393
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 121393

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  53. 121481
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 121481

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  54. 121641
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 121641

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  55. Rhyme Stew.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Sonia, love, Roald Dahl". A quirky collection of poetry. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 99770

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  56. 118340comp
    First edition, fourth impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the half-title, "Happy Birthday Colin, Roald, 12 Feb. 1990". The recipients was Colin Ross-Munro. Colin's wife, Jan, was an old friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 118340

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  57. 123360
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 123360

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  58. 121617
    First edition, first impression. Esio Trot was the final book to be published during Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 121617

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  59. 122531
    First edition, first impression. Esio Trot was the final book to be published during Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 122531

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  60. The Commemorative Limited Edition of the Works.
    One of 500 numbered sets. This edition was published to celebrated Dahl's 75th birthday on 13 September 1991. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 115620

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