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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

Dahl, Roald

Small details make all the difference in collecting books, and nothing can make this point better than the Alfred A Knopf (New York) first edition of Roald Dahl’s classic story ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Roald Dahl was a prolific children’s author whose stories regularly graced the bestseller lists, and have since been turned into feature films, Hollywood blockbusters, picture books and animated shorts. The appeal of an author like this to the collector is undeniable.

When collecting children’s books there really is a cornucopia of choice for the collector, as there are multiple reprints and specialist editions featuring some of the biggest-name illustrators of their times. The collector can focus upon any of the small details of the book to make the right choice for the collection, not just book condition, provenance, age, author, but also edition, publisher, cover illustrator, internal illustrator, color options as well as the more regular binding options.

Of course, all of these details can sometimes just as easily make the business of collecting more difficult, so it is wise to fall back on a good rule of thumb: age and condition.

In our example, Fantastic Mr Fox was published in America by Alfred A Knopf publishers of New York, as well as George Allen & Unwin of Great Britain in 1970. Both of these books also feature the iconic Mr Fox standing in front of his home-tree on the attractive dust jacket of the hard cover. An interesting difference however is that the Alfred A Knopf edition actually predates the George Allen & Unwin edition by a few months, and features a different illustrator – Donald Chaffin, who was later commissioned to work with Penguin’s editions of Fantastic Mr Fox by author Roald Dahl. Small details like this, at the moment only mean the difference between twenty to fifty dollars, but in the future could well determine this remarkable book’s provenance.

At the moment, the Donald Chaffin illustrated early first edition of Fantastic Mr Fox can fetch anything from $500 upwards.

Dahl, Roald . The Gremlins. Random House (1943). From The Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story. First Printing; Twelve Full Page Full Color Illustrations; One Double-Page Full Color Illustration; Black And White Drawings By The Staff Of The Walt Disney Studios; Color Pictorial Endpapers.

Dahl, Roald . The Gremlins. Collins and Glasgow (1943). Color And Black And White Illustrations By Walt Disney Studios. Finely Bound By The Chelsea Bindery. First Uk Edition. Preceded By The First Us Edition.

Dahl, Roald . Over to You. Hamish Hamilton (1946). First Printing; Full Title: Over To You: Ten Stories Of Flyers And Flying; Contains: "Death Of An Old Man", "An African Story", "A Piece Of Cake", "Madame Rosette", "Katina", "Yesterday Was Beautiful", "They Shall Not Grow", "Beware Of The Dog", "Only This", And "Someone Like You".

Dahl, Roald . Sometime Never. Charles Scribner's Sons (1948).

Dahl, Roald . Sometime Never . Collins (1949).

Dahl, Roald . Someone Like You . Alfred A. Knopf (1954).

Dahl, Roald . Kiss Kiss . Alfred A. Knopf (1960). Includes: "Royal Jelly" And "Georgy Porgy". First American Edition, Preceded By The U.K. Edition.

Dahl, Roald . James and the Giant Peach. Alfred A. Knopf (1961). Illustrated By Nancy Ekholm Burkett; Blind Stamp Imprint Of James Surrounded By Wreath On Upper Board;Full-Page Color Plates And Other Pastel And Black And White Illustrations; Author'S Biographical Information On Last Page: "In 1952 Mr. Dahl Married Patricia Neal, The Actress, And They Now Have Two Daughters And An Infant Son. From April To September The Family Lives In England But They All Return To New York City For The Winter Months." $3.95 Dj Price.

Dahl, Roald . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . Alfred A. Knopf (1964). Illustrated By Joseph Schindelman. $3.95 Price. First State Has 6 Line Celephon.

Dahl, Roald . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Alfred A. Knopf (1964). Black And White Illustrations By Joseph Schindelman; First Printing (Six Line Colophon); $3.95 Price

Dahl, Roald . The Magic Finger . Harper & Row (1966). Illustrated By William Pne Du Bois.

Dahl, Roald . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (1967). Illustrations In Black And White By Faith Jaques.

DAHL, ROALD . JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH . Knopf (1967). Illustrated By Nancy Ekholm Burkert. A Near Fine Copy With 16 Illustrations In Color, Including Frontispiece And 5 Full-Page Color Illustrations, 9 Black And White Illustrations. First Issue Has The 5-Line Colophon Stating "Bound By H. Wolfe, New York," And Has No Isbn Or Charlie Series Listed.

Dahl, Roald . James and the Giant Peach . George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (1967). Illustrations In Black And White By Michel Simeon. First Uk Edition.

Dahl, Roald . The Magic Finger. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (1968). Illustrated By William Pne Du Bois. First Uk Edition.

Dahl, Roald . Fantastic Mr. Fox. . George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (1970). First Uk Edition, First Issue Has No Reprint Statement To The Copyright Page.

Dahl, Roald . Fantastic Mr. Fox . Alfred A. Knopf (1970). First Printing.

Dahl, Roald . Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Alfred A. Knopf (1972). Full Title: Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator: The Further Adventures Of Charlie Bucket And Willy Wonka Chocolate-Maker Extraordinary; Illustrated In Black And White By Joseph Schindelman; First Edition Stated On Copyright Page. Dj Price $3.95.

Dahl, Roald . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together with Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (1973). Illustrated In Black And White By Faith Jaques; Two Volumes.

Dahl, Roald . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Alfred A. Knopf (1974). Full Title: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: Concerning The Adventures Of Four Nasty Children And Our Hero With Mr. Willy Wonka And His Famous Candy Plant; Illustrated By Joseph Schindelman.

Dahl, Roald . Switch Bitch . Alfred A. Knopf (1974).

Dahl, Roald . Switch Bitch. Michael Joseph (1974). 1St Uk Edition.

Dahl, Roald . Danny the Champion of the World . Alfred A. Knopf (1975).

Dahl, Roald . The Wonderful World Of Henry Sugar and Six More. Jonathan Cape Ltd. (1977). Designed By Susan Shields; Dustjacket Illustration By Paul Bacon; Contains Seven Short Stories Including: "The Hitchhiker", "The Mildenhall Treasure", "The Swan", And "The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar"; One Black And White Photograph Covering Two Pages.

Dahl, Roald . Danny the Champion of the World . Bantam (1979).

Dahl, Roald. My Uncle Oswald . Michael Joseph (1979).

Dahl, Roald . Tales Of The Unexpected . Michael Joseph (1979). Twenty-Five Short Stories Including: "Dip In The Pool", "Lamb To The Slaughter", "The Sound Machine" And "Someone Like You"; Two Volumes; Illustrated Dustjackets.

Dahl, Roald . My Uncle Oswald . Alfred A. Knopf (1980).

Dahl, Roald . George's Marvellous Medicine. Jonathan Cape Ltd. (1981). Illustrated By Quentin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . The BFG. Farrar, Straus (1982). Illustrated By Quentin Blake; 300 Numbered Copies; Signed By Roald Dahl And Quentin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . The Witches . Farrar Straus Giroux (1983). Illustrated By Quentin Blake; 300 Numbered Copies; Signed By Roald Dahl And Quentin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . The Witches. Jonathan Cape Ltd. (1983). Illustrations By Quetin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . Boy. Farrar Straus Giroux (1984). Full Title: Boy: Tales Of Childhood; 200 Numbered Copies; Signed By Roald Dahl; Photographic Illustrations.

Dahl, Roald . Revolting Rhymes. Puffin Books (1985). Illustrated By Quentin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . Two Fables . Viking (1986). Colored Frontispiece And Illustrations By Graham Dean; 300 Numbered Copies; Signed By Roald Dahl.

Dahl, Roald . Matilda. Jonathan Cape Ltd. (1988). Illustrated By Quentin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . Rhyme Stew. Jonathan Cape Ltd. (1989). Illustrated By Quentin Blake.

Dahl, Roald . The Commemorative Limited Edition of the Works . Harper Collins and Jonathan Cape Ltd. (1991). Includes: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Magic Finger, Danny, Champion Of The World, And Henry Sugar;Fifteen Volumes; 500 Numbered Sets; Illustrated.

Dahl, Roald . The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More . Alfred A. Knopf (1991).

Dahl, Roald; . James and the Giant Peach . Disney Press (1996). Illustrated By Lane Smith And Karey Kirkpatrick; Signed By Both Illustrators; 1000 Numbered Copies.

Dahl, Roald . The Best of Roald Dahl. Folio Society (2002). Illustrated By Quentin Blake; Six Volumes; Contains: Matilda, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The Witches, The Bfg, James And The Giant Peach, And Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator.