"THE INTENSE DRAMA AND SIMPLICITY OF THE FAIRY TALE": FIRST EDITION OF BOY, BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY ROALD DAHL
DAHL, Roald. Boy. Tales of Childhood. London: Jonathan Cape, 1984. Octavo, original blue cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4800.
First edition of Dahl's lively first autobiography, boldly inscribed by him across the entire half title: "To Douglas Love Roald Dahl."
The funny and often macabre tales in Boy, Roald Dahl's first autobiography, recall his childhood in boarding school, the excitement of summer vacations, the drama of The Great Mouse Plot and much more. These lively stories "feel as if they have been told as family folklore, honed down to essential incident and sharp detail. They have the intense drama and simplicity of the fairy tale, and its unequivocal extremes of good and evil" (New York Times). Precedes the American signed limited edition. Connolly, 103. Silvey, 185.
Faint crease to dust jacket front panel. A fine inscribed copy.