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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.

    New York : 1943

    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... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 88956

  2. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.
    DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    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

  3. 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 the ownership signatures of Dahl's first wife, Patricia Neale: upside down on the rear free endpaper, likely done with the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 106791

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing, first issue. The first issue can be distinguished by the six lines of printing information on the final page: this was cut to five in all subsequent issues. The US edition precedes the UK edition by three years. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 139124

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

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing, first issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Veronica Remembering the magnificent job she did with all the children of Alberobello. 1965 Roald Dahl". The reference to the children of the town of Alberobello is a poigant one: Dahl immersed himself in charity work after the death of his eldest daughter,... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138375

  8. 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: 109879

  9. The Magic Finger.
    DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 69449

  10. The Magic Finger.
    DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published two years earlier in the US. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 111986

  11. The Magic Finger.
    DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published two years earlier in the US. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 109379

  12. 138952
    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

  13. Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    DAHL, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 119898

  14. 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: 130585

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 139198
    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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. The Enormous Crocodile.
    DAHL, Roald. The Enormous Crocodile.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression, of the first of Dahl's works to be illustrated by Blake. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 135664

  24. 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

  25. The Twits.
    DAHL, Roald. The Twits.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 135046

  26. 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

  27. 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

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

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 137009

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

    New York : 1982

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

    Stock Code: 136988

  30. The BFG.
    DAHL, Roald. The BFG.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression. 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
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 138611

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

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

    London : 1983

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

    Stock Code: 138982

  35. 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
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 118455

  36. Boy.
    DAHL, Roald. Boy.

    London : 1983

    Uncorrected proof copy. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 134035

  37. 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

  38. The BFG.
    DAHL, Roald. The BFG.

    London : 1984

    First edition, fourth impression, inscribed by Quentin Blake with a charming original drawing of the BFG reading the book over the entirety of the first free endpaper: "Lucie's Book - love from Quentin Blake". This copy was given to Lucie by her parents for her tenth birthday, with their neat gift inscription to the front pastedown. Dahl's fantastical... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 139208

  39. 138913
    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
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 138913

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. Matilda.
    DAHL, Roald. Matilda.

    London : 1988

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. 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
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 137976

  47. 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
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 136538

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. Rhyme Stew.
    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: 138231

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

    London : 1989

    First edition, first impression, with a signed postcard from Quentin Blake laid-in, in reply to a fan letter. This is a collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 136795

  52. 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

  53. 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

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

    London : 1991

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

    Stock Code: 137469

  55. The Minpins.
    DAHL, Roald. The Minpins.

    New York : 1991

    First US edition, first printing. 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
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 136224

  56. 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

  57. Even More Revolting Recipes.
    DAHL, Roald. Even More Revolting Recipes.

    London : 2001

    First edition, first impression. With the publisher's promotional recipe card loosely inserted. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 134050

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