“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it": First Edition of BFG; Inscribed by Roald Dahl

  • BFG: Illustrations by Quentin Blake.

BFG: Illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Item Number: 22068

London: Jonathan Cape, 1982.

First edition of this Dahl classic, which has sold over 20 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed and dated on the front free endpaper by the author, “For Matthew with love Roald Dahl 18 March 1983.” Some light marks to the inner front panel, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of the twentieth century. Dahl's ability to twist words into a clever and creative new language is fascinating to children, and is evident in BFG. The gruesome descriptions of the horrid giants and the subtle allusions to other stories will entertain children young and old. An animated adaptation was released in theatres in 1987 with David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. It was also the basis for the 2016 film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader.