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Roald Dahl

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. 88956
    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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  2. 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
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 83206

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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. 85273
    First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 85273

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    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 119898
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 119898

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  10. 132447comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Gerald Milward-Oliver, With lots of good wishes Roald Dahl, 1 Oct. 1980". Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 132447

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

    Stock Code: 91286

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  12. 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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  13. 86898comp
    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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  14. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112959

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

    Stock Code: 88076

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  16. 116997comp
    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

    Stock Code: 116997

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  17. 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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  18. 124174comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper in green ink. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 124174

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  19. 130591
    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

    Stock Code: 130591

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  20. 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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  21. 125263
    Proof copy of the first edition, first impression, with publisher's stamp "proof copy only" in black on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 125263

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  22. 131889
    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

    Stock Code: 131889

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  23. 128806comp

    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

    Stock Code: 128806

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  24. 123326comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "Sarah love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £2,350

    Stock Code: 123326

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 132325comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Rhyme Stew is a collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 132325

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 121937
    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

    Stock Code: 121937

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  31. 122526
    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. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 122526

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  32. 116303comp
    Special presentation proof edition, number 145 of 500 copies. This was Roald Dahl's final work written for children, published posthumously. Minpin was the nickname Dahl used for his daughter, Ophelia. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 116303

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