First Edition of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox; Signed by Him

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Item Number: 21024

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

First edition of Dahl’s children’s work in the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a “garden tale” of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa.  Octavo, original beige cloth. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light rubbing. Illustrated by Donald Chaffin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

In this story, a gentleman fox outwits three crass and vindictive farmers in order to protect his family from extinction. The beginning chapters describe the characters, the following sixteen present a constant stream of adventures as the bitter confrontation ensues between Mr. Fox and Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It was adapted into film by director Wes Anderson and released in 2009 and features the voices of George Clooney as Mr. Fox, Meryl Streep as Mrs Fox, Bill Murray as Badger, Hugo Guinness as Bunce, and Michael Gambon as Bean.