“I've heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true": First Edition, First Issue of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Signed by Roald Dahl
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Item Number: 100558
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
First edition, first issue with the six line colophon on the last page in the first-issue dust jacket, without the ISBN number on the rear panel. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a price correction to the front flap.
"Charlie earned for its author a cult following among child readers Dahl has been called a literary genius; his books have been considered modern fairy tales" (Silvey, 186). "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is already a great classic work [and] one of the most enduring post-war children’s books Dahl is undeniably special" (Connolly, 102). It was the basis for the 1971 film directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and again the 2005 film starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket, alongside David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Deep Roy and Christopher Lee.