Five Rare Books for Collectors: Roald Dahl

Burnside Rare Books

The Twits

Highlights from a selection of booksellers' catalogues of titles written by Roald Dahl:

* The Twits by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator). London, Jonathan Cape, 1980. Advance uncorrected proof of the first edition. Bound in publisher's red wraps printed in black. A rare format. Available from Burnside Rare Books.

* The Witches by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator). First edition, presentation copy, of Dahl's Whitbread Award-winning children's novel, with in-text illustrations by Quentin Blake, warmly inscribed in the year of publication across the entire front endpaper to a close friend of Dahl's son, Theo, and a frequent visitor to Dahl's writing hut during the writing of Boy: "To Justin with love, Roald Dahl. Oct. 28th 1983." Available from Bauman Rare Books.

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1967. First UK edition, first impression, illustrated by Faith Jacques. Available from Feheri Books.

* Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, Joseph Schindelman (illustrator). New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. A very good first edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, 'Love Roald Dahl 12 Dec'. Available from Shapero Rare Books.

* The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl. A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1977. Inscribed, beautifully, on the front endpaper, “Lucky will/be the (ower) owner/ of This book for/The next 12 months/Love/Roald Dahl/”. The book itself was gifted by Dahl as a school prize. Available from John Atkinson Fine & Rare Books.