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DAHL, Roald.

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.
    DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins.

    London and Glasgow : [1944]

    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... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 83206

  2. Over to You.
    DAHL, Roald. Over to You.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Frances, with all good wishes, Roald Dahl, March '47". It is, however, probable that this copy was inscribed but never presented, as it bears two ownership signatures of Dahl's first wife, Patricia Neale: first upside down on the rear free endpaper, likely written... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 106791

  3. Someone Like You.
    DAHL, Roald. Someone Like You.

    New York : 1953

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dahl on the front flyleaf: "For Kate from Roald Dahl. Nov. 9, 1953." Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 112941

  4. Kiss Kiss.
    DAHL, Roald. Kiss Kiss.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Ian Love Roald Dahl". It was originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 136686

  5. James and the Giant Peach.
    DAHL, Roald. James and the Giant Peach.

    New York : 1961

    First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 117153

  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    New York : 1964

    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
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 109131

  7. The Magic Finger.
    DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. Dahl had originally begun work on it in 1962, under its original title of The Almost Ducks. In the story, an eight-year-old girl, who hates to see animals killed for fun, develops a special power, similar to that of Matilda. The book was part of a project in which a group of writers were asked to create a story for... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 69449

  8. The Magic Finger.
    DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. Dahl had originally begun work on it in 1962, under its original title of The Almost Ducks. In the story, an eight-year-old girl, who hates to see animals killed for fun, develops a special power, similar to that of Matilda. The book was part of a project in which a group of writers were asked to create a story for... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 111986

  9. Fantastic Mr Fox.
    DAHL, Roald. Fantastic Mr Fox.

    London : 1970

    First UK edition, first impression. Fantastic Mr Fox formed the basis for Wes Anderson's 2009 film of the same name and has been successfully adapted into both a stage play and an opera. The US edition was published earlier the same year. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 138952

  10. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
    DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, first printing. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a year. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 129930

  11. Switch Bitch.
    DAHL, Roald. Switch Bitch.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Philip, 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... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 112842

  12. Switch Bitch.
    DAHL, Roald. Switch Bitch.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 91286

  13. Danny The Champion of the World.
    DAHL, Roald. Danny The Champion of the World.

    New York : 1975

    First US edition, first printing. The UK edition was published earlier the same year. A film adaptation was made in 1989, starring Jeremy Irons with his son Samuel in the title role. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 139198

  14. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    DAHL, Roald. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Betty Jane, Love, Roald Dahl, June 28 1978". Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 101146

  15. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    DAHL, Roald. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of seven short stories. Aimed at a slightly older readership than his other works, the collection includes two semi-autobiographical stories, respectively based on Dahl's experience as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, and his motivation to become a writer. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 134100

  16. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    DAHL, Roald. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 112959

  17. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    DAHL, Roald. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed inscription to the verso of the half-title. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 99107

  18. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    DAHL, Roald. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Sonia with love Roald Dahl, March 1981". Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 86898

  19. My Uncle Oswald.
    DAHL, Roald. My Uncle Oswald.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Jan & Colin, Love Roald 1979". 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118335

  20. 137837
    DAHL, Roald. My Uncle Oswald.

    New York : 1980

    First US edition, first printing. The UK edition was published the preceding year. The novel stars Uncle Oswald, a character who previously appeared in "The Visitor" and "Bitch", two short stories also written by Roald Dahl (both of which can be found in Switch Bitch). Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 137837

  21. 137013
    DAHL, Roald. The Twits.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 137013

  22. The Twits.
    DAHL, Roald. The Twits.

    London : 1980

    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", in the year of publication. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 123208

  23. The Twits.
    DAHL, Roald. The Twits.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue marker pen on the front free endpaper, "Magnus, Love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 116997

  24. George's Marvellous Medicine.
    DAHL, Roald. George's Marvellous Medicine.

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 138960

  25. George's Marvellous Medicine.
    DAHL, Roald. George's Marvellous Medicine.

    New York : 1982

    First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136988

  26. Revolting Rhymes.
    DAHL, Roald. Revolting Rhymes.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression, of Dahl and Blake's reinterpretation of six classic nursery rhymes. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144369

  27. The BFG.
    DAHL, Roald. The BFG.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression. A wonderful example of the Chelsea Bindery's work. Dahl's fantastical tale was expanded from a short story within his 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. A film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2016. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 132372

  28. Revolting Rhymes.
    DAHL, Roald. Revolting Rhymes.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression, of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake's fun and quirky take on six classic nursery rhymes. Inscribed by Dahl on the front free endpaper, "To Jessica with love Roald Dahl, 25 Oct. 1983." Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 101381

  29. The BFG.
    DAHL, Roald. The BFG.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author, "To Jeremy with love, Roald Dahl, Gipsy House 11/9/85", boldly on the front free endpaper, and with the recipient's ownership inscription "This book belongs to Jeremy Cunnington" in a childish hand above the presentation. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 134138

  30. The Witches.
    DAHL, Roald. The Witches.

    London : 1983

    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
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 132374

  31. The Witches.
    DAHL, Roald. The Witches.

    New York : 1983

    First US edition, signed limited issue, no. 168 of 300 signed by the author and the illustrator, unusually preserving the original packing box. The Witches was the second of only two Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake signed limited editions produced in the US for which there was no UK equivalent. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137909

  32. The Witches.
    DAHL, Roald. The Witches.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author the day after his wedding to the dedicatee, Felicity "Liccy" d'Abreu Crosland, on the front free endpaper, "To James, Love Roald Dahl, 16 Dec. 1983". The recipient has neatly written his name, "James King", on the front pastedown. The Witches was published in a tumultuous... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 123625

  33. Boy.
    DAHL, Roald. Boy.

    London : 1983

    Uncorrected proof copy. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 134035

  34. Dirty Beasts.
    DAHL, Roald. Dirty Beasts.

    London : 1983

    Proof copy of the first edition, with publisher's stamp "proof copy only" in black on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 125263

  35. Boy.
    DAHL, Roald. Boy.

    New York : 1984

    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 82 of 200 copies signed by the author. Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories was first published in the UK earlier the same year. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 144570

  36. 144567
    DAHL, Roald. Boy.

    London : 1984

    First edition, first impression, of Roald Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144567

  37. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Going Solo continues Dahl's autobiography from his account of his childhood years in Boy, describing his travels in Africa and his experiences in the RAF. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 144333

  38. Boy.
    DAHL, Roald. Boy.

    London : 1984

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to his dentist and his family, inscribed on the half title "Happy Christmas to the Rigdens from Roald Dahl 1984". The book was directly acquired by Peter Harrington from a family member. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 128806

  39. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
    DAHL, Roald. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

    London : 1985

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front blank, "To Justin, with love Roald Dahl 14/10/85". This copy was purchased at Dahl's local bookshop and inscribed close to publication (October 1985). The books' owner spent much time around the Dahl house in Great Missenden and had an after-school job at Dahl and Son Antiques on... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 120075

  40. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
    DAHL, Roald. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

    London : 1985

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "Sarah love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £2,350.00

    Stock Code: 123326

  41. 140271comp
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Going Solo continues Dahl's autobiography from his account of his childhood years in Boy, describing his travels in Africa and his experiences in the RAF. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140271

  42. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jenny with love, Roald Dahl, 1988". Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 112116

  43. Two Fables.
    DAHL, Roald. 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118336

  44. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    New York : 1986

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jan, Love Roald". The recipient 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
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 118338

  45. Matilda.
    DAHL, Roald. Matilda.

    London : 1988

    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
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136792

  46. Matilda.
    DAHL, Roald. Matilda.

    London : 1988

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Camilla, love Roald Dahl". 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... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 125998

  47. 144569
    DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.

    London : 1989

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144569

  48. 144566
    DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.

    London : 1989

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144566

  49. Rhyme Stew.
    DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.

    London : 1989

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Nick, Love, Roald Dahl". Rhyme Stew is a collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142484

  50. Rhyme Stew.
    DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.

    London : 1989

    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
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118340

  51. Rhyme Stew.
    DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.

    London : 1989

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Sonia, love, Roald Dahl". A quirky collection of poetry. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 99770

  52. 145010
    DAHL, Roald. Esio Trot.

    London : 1990

    First edition, first impression. Esio Trot was the final book to be published during Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 145010

  53. The Minpins.
    DAHL, Roald. The Minpins.

    London : 1991

    First edition, first impression. This was Roald Dahl's final work written for children, published posthumously. Minpin was the nickname Dahl used for his daughter, Ophelia, to whom he dedicated the book. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 130124

  54. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke.
    DAHL, Roald. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke.

    London : 1991

    First edition, first impression. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke was written in the last days of Roald Dahl's life for the benefit of the Dyslexia Institute, with a dyslexic protagonist. Both Dahl and Blake donated their rights to the book to the institute. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 121937

  55. 144102comp
    DAHL, Roald. Even More Revolting Recipes.

    London : 2001

    First edition, first impression, signed by Quentin Blake on the title page. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 144102

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