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DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. Octavo, original blind- and gilt-stamped red cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom full morocco pictorial clamshell box. $8500.
First edition, first issue, of Dahl's deliciously delightful tale of magic and morality, with numerous in-text illustrations by Joseph Schindelman, in elaborate pictorial morocco clamshell box.
"Charlie earned for its author a cult following among child readers… Dahl has been called a literary genius; his books have been considered modern fairy tales" (Silvey, 186). "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is already a great classic work… [and] one of the most enduring post-war children's books… Dahl is undeniably special" (Connolly, 102). First issue, in full red cloth and with six lines of publishing information on last page (instead of five). First-issue dust jacket, with no ISBN number on rear panel.
Book with faint tape residue mark to preliminaries, slight staining to edge of text block, and wear to bottom inch of front board, dust jacket with only very light rubbing and toning to extremities. Near-fine condition.