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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. 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. 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. 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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  7. .
    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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  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. 126727
    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US by Alfred A. Knopf in 1961. Described as "rude, naughty, anti-adult, creepy, and sometimes cruel" (ODNB), it was adapted into a film of the same name in 1996, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Musical the following year. Learn More
    £500

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  10. 124744
    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US by Alfred A. Knopf in 1961. Described as "rude, naughty, anti-adult, creepy, and sometimes cruel" (ODNB), it was adapted into a film of the same name in 1996, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Musical the following year. Learn More
    £750

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  11. 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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  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. 130587
    First edition, first printing. The US edition preceded the UK edition, published the same year. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 130587

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  14. 119898
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 119898

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  15. 125073
    First edition, first printing. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a year. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 125073

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

    Stock Code: 91286

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  17. 112842comp
    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... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112842

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  18. 129538comp
    The Enormous..."> First UK edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Sister Quentin with love Roald Dahl". We are unable to identify the recipient, though it is not a humorous inscription to Quentin Blake, as the two did not meet until 1978, when they worked on their first collaboration, The Enormous... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129538

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  19. 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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  20. 127375
    First edition, first impression. It was the basis for the 1989 film of the same title starring Jeremy Irons, with his son Samuel in the title role. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 127375

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  21. 130578
    First US edition, first printing. The UK edition was published earlier the same year. A film adaptation was produced in 1989. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 130578

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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 Sonia with love Roald Dahl, March 1981". Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 86898

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 128643
    Uncorrected proof copy 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
    £300

    Stock Code: 128643

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  26. 128805
    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

    Stock Code: 128805

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

    Stock Code: 88076

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  28. 118335comp
    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

    Stock Code: 118335

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  29. 122535
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 122535

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  30. 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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  31. 130887
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130887

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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 130772comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a "Good Book Guide" bookplate to the half-title. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130772

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  35. 130147
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £385

    Stock Code: 130147

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  36. 125635
    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
    £475

    Stock Code: 125635

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  37. 126059
    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
    £550

    Stock Code: 126059

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 110047
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 110047

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  42. 130920
    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
    £350

    Stock Code: 130920

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  43. 126100
    First edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 126100

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  44. 128893
    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of poetry about animals. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 128893

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  45. 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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  46. 130569

    Boy.

    London: 1984

    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 130569

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  47. 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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  48. 122010
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122010

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  49. 124786
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 124786

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  50. 129502comp
    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

    Stock Code: 129502

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  51. 118336comp

    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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  52. 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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  53. 127535
    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
    £550

    Stock Code: 127535

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  54. 125998comp
    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... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 125998

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  55. 124172
    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: 124172

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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 126838
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 126838

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  59. 130919
    First edition, first impression. Esio Trot was the final book to be published during Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 130919

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  60. 126549
    First edition, first impression. Esio Trot was the final book to be published during Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 126549

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