Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman.New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1964 Stock Code: 138375
NotesFirst 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, Olivia, in 1962, and he and Patricia played an active part on the local committee for the International Help For Children charity, which was based in southern Italy. A home for abandoned girls in the Apulian town of Alberobello had links to the IHC, and, as part of the charity's Recuperative Holiday Scheme, some of the children came to Great Missenden for a holiday. Inscribed first edition copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are uncommon, as Dahl normally only inscribed copies for those close to him.
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.
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, title device to front board in blind, top edge purple, dark yellow endpapers. With the dust jacket. Housed in a purple quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
A little sunning to edges, a little foxing to fore-edge. A near-fine copy in the bright jacket, spine ends nicked, short closed tear to foot of front panel, two small marks and a little creasing to rear panel.
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