"The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious": First Edition of James and the Giant Peach; Inscribed by Roald Dahl in the year of Publication and signed by the illustrator

  • James and the Giant Peach.
  • James and the Giant Peach.
  • James and the Giant Peach.
  • James and the Giant Peach.
  • James and the Giant Peach.
  • James and the Giant Peach.

James and the Giant Peach.

$20,000.00

Item Number: 3730

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.

First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “For Virginia Jane and Alexander Charles with lots of good wishes and heaps of love from Roald Dahl November 1961.” Additionally signed by the illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half title page. Fine in the original dust jacket that shows wear to the foot of the spine and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional copy, rare signed and inscribed in the year of publication.

In 1953 Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; they had three children, to whom he began to tell bedtime stories. James and the Giant Peach, the first of these to reach print, is a comic fantasy about a small boy who travels the world inside a huge peach, in company with several giant insects. Like most of Dahl’s children’s books, it first appeared in print" in the United States (Carpenter & Prichard).

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