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    Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. First edition, first issue, with the Oompa-Loompas in their original design and with the six-line colophon, fifth line reading, "Paper manufactured by S. D. Warren Co," and with the first state dust jacket. With autograph postcard signed by the author laid in. Octavo. 161, [1], [2, blank and colophon] pages. Profusely illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. Publisher's dark red cloth stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt; original illustrated first state dust jacket. Minor edgewear, head and foot of spine just pushed. Gold endpapers. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained brown; light scratch to page 3. Dust jacket unclipped ($3.95) with no ISBN number on the rear panel; minor edgewear, spine lightly sunned, front panel professionally re-attached but seam starting, somewhat rubbed. Near fine book with very good or better dust jacket.

    The book is dedicated to Theo, Dahl's young son who was injured as a baby when his carriage was struck by a taxi, suffering brain injury as a result. In the laid-in postcard to Mrs. Jean G. Valentino, Dahl discusses Theo's recovery from a recent surgery and describes Theo's positive energy and Dahl's own optimism on his recovery, mentioning time the family has spent together and that he expects, "[Theo] may even be home in 2 weeks." He additionally thanks Valentino for her prayers and the support of their friends, signing off affectionally, "Love, Roald." During this time, Dahl collaborated with his friend Stanley Wade, a hydraulic engineer and fellow model aircraft enthusiast, and neurosurgeon Kenneth Till to invent the Wade-Dahl-Till valve to drain fluid from the brain in the event of traumatic injury.

    The book served as the source material for two film adaptations: the iconic 1971 version starring Gene Wilder and Peter Gardner Ostrum, which has since gained something of a cult following and has been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, though Dahl himself was notably not a fan of the adaptation, and the surreal 2005 version directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore.

    Walker, Roald Dahl - A Guide to Collecting his First Editions (Online), 2020.

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