Illustrations by Quentin Blake.London: Jonathan Cape, 1983 Stock Code: 123625
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 year for Dahl and is notably the most difficult of all his books to find inscribed.
The Witches won the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983. It has since been frequently adapted, including into a stage play, a two-part radio dramatisation for the BBC, a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg, and an opera by Marcus and Ole Paus.
Octavo. Original green boards, spine lettered in gilt. With dust jacket.
Illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Bookseller's ticket of Heffers, Cambridge, to front pastedown. Spine ever-so-slightly rolled, minor rubbing to extremities, foxing to top edge; a very good, bright, copy in the faintly soiled dust jacket with creasing to edges.
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