"I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!": First Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Inscribed by Roald Dahl

  • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Item Number: 5674

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.

First edition, second issue, in full red cloth and with five lines of publishing information on last page. First-issue dust jacket, without the ISBN number on the rear panel. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “This book is for Maura Dhu who’s [sic] father we love Roald Dahl.” Also, signed by Dahl’s wife, “Patricia Neal Dahl March 1968”, in her hand. The recipient was Maura Dhu, daughter of Jack Albertson, the actor who played Charlie Bucket’s Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film version of this title. A nice association.

"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).