Roald Dahl's First Book

    Roald Dahl. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story by Flight Lieutenant Roald Dahl. New York: Random House, [1943].

    First edition of the authorĀ¹s first book (preceding the British edition, which was published in 1944). Large quarto (11 x 8.75 inches; 280 x 220 mm.). [52] pp. One double-page and twelve full-page color illustrations and numerous black and white illustrations in the text.

    Original red pictorial boards with red cloth backstrip lettered in black. Pictorial endpapers in yellow, red, and brown. Corners and board edges lightly rubbed. Expertly recased and with hinges renewed with cloth tape. An excellent copy. In the original matching color pictorial dust jacket. Jacket chipped at extremities, with a few small creases and tears, and a small piece missing at the head of the spine onto the front panel and another piece missing at the foot of the spine onto the rear panel.

    British author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) "was born in Llandaff, South Wales, of Norwegian parents. He went to Repton School, and then worked for the Shell Oil Company in London and Africa before serving in the RAF in the Second World War as a fighter-pilot. His wartime experiences led him to write The Gremlins, a fantasy about a race of tiny people who live in Air Force planes and cause all the technical troubles that pilots experience; the story was serialized in Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1942 and the film rights were bought by Disney, though filming never took place" (The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).

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