My Uncle Oswald.London: Michael Joseph, 1979 Stock Code: 149098
Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his half-sister and brother-in-lawFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his half-sister and brother-in-law ("Ellen + Ashley Love Roald 1979") on front free endpaper.
Ellen Marguerite Dahl (1903-1988) was the first of two children born to Harald Dahl and Marie Beaurin-Gresser. Her mother died in 1907 and her father remarried in 1911. Working as a medical laboratory technician she married Arnold Ashley Miles (1904-1988) in 1930. Later Director of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Experimental Pathology in the University of London, Ashley Miles received a knighthood in 1966.
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 were published in Switch Bitch).
Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With dust jacket.
Head and foot of spine very slightly bumped, minimal leaning to spine and small marks to edges, else a near-fine copy which is internally clean and bright. Top edge of slightly tanned dust jacket slightly creased, with minor closed tear to joint of rear flap, but a near-fine dust jacket which is not price-clipped.
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