"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 Matilda; Signed By Him

  • Matilda.
  • Matilda.


Item Number: 3525

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. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the half-title page. Lightest of rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

"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.