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DAHL, Roald.

The Gremlins.

From the Walt Disney Production.

Published: New York: Random House, 1943

Stock code: 88956

Price: £2,500

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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. It was eventually agreed that royalties would be split between the RAF Benevolent Fund and Dahl. The book is still described on the title and the front cover as being “From the Walt Disney Production”, although the Disney studio had written to Dahl in August 1943 cancelling any further preproduction work.

Quarto. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, titles to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt, block to front board gilt with multi-coloured morocco onlay of seven cavorting gremlins, twin rule to turn-ins, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. A fine copy.

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