"Matilda said, "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable...": First Edition Of Roald Dahl’s Beloved Book Matilda; Inscribed by Him to Actress Jean Marsh in the Year of Publication


DAHL, Roald; Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Item Number: 7231

London: Jonathan Cape, 1988.

First British edition of Dahl’s popular story of a young girl, her genius, and her indifferent parents. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Jean Love Roald Dahl 20 May 1988.” The recipient is actress Jean Marsh, who among other things read Matilda, which was used for its audio book counterpart. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example with noted provenance.

"Dahl seems to have made an art form of the rediscovery that children tend to warm to the sorts of horror that make lesser mortals (adults) squirm with displeasure He is undeniably special" (Connolly, 104). Basis for the 1996 Danny DeVito directed film, starring Mara Wilson, DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris.

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