THE RAYNER UNWIN COLLECTION OF ROALD DAHL. Comprising JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, FANTASTIC MR FOX, THE MAGIC FINGER and others, Together with Several Typed Letters Signed, Between the Author and his Publisher. Stock code: 9771
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1967. Illustrated by Michel Simeon. First edition. Original illustrated laminated boards. A near fine lovely copy, film top layer of laminate lifting free at the spine folds but intact except for some chipping to the tips.
THE MAGIC FINGER, George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1968. Illustrated by William Pene Du Bois. First edition. Original paper-covered illustrated boards. A very good indeed copy, matt boards a little dusty.
FANTASTIC MR FOX, George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1970. Illustrated by Donald Chaffin. First edition. Original laminated boards. A near fine copy, red titles to spine a little faded, some small indentations to boards.
FANTASTIC MR FOX, Knopf, New York, 1970. Illustrated by Donald Chaffin. First US edition. Original cream cloth with gilt lettering in dustwrapper. A near fine nice copy complete with the original good only dustwrapper, showing some wear and abrasions to the surface and a closed tear to the spine. Some loss along the front flap fold and bottom edge of front panel.
Together with a seventh impression of CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR (George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1984, illustrated by Faith Jaques), a ninth impression of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1984, illustrated by Faith Jaques), THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE AND MR WILLY WONKA (Unwin Hyman, London, 1987, illustrated by Michael Foreman. First edition thus), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: A Play, adapted by Richard R. George. (George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1982. First edition), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: A Play, adapted by Richard R. George. (George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1979. First UK edition), CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR: A Play, adapted by Richard R. George. (George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1984. First UK edition) and MY UNCLE OSWALD (Penguin, London, 1980. First paperback edition). All fine or near fine except MY UNCLE OSWALD, which is good. The plays are all complete with their lightly spine-faded dustwrappers.
Together with eight letters to Rayner Unwin, six typed from Dahl and signed in ink, all warm in tone and principally dealing with publication of his books, including an exceptional letter praising his newly discovered illustrator Quentin Blake and suggesting he illustrates some of his Unwin editions, approval of Unwin’s ‘gentlemanly’ business conduct and requests for copies to be sent to him from the publisher for charity signings. He also refers to the unfinished ‘Charlie’ sequel, ‘Charlie in the White House’, but suggests he had no plans to complete it; one handwritten letter is from the UK illustrator of Dahl’s early books, Faith Jaques, chasing royalty payments, and one typed and annotated and signed in ink from Liccy, Dahl’s widow, shortly after his death. Also included is the printed tribute by Peter Mayer, then CEO of Penguin, delivered at Dahl’s funeral in Great Missenden.
A fantastic publisher’s collection of one of their most successful authors, the letters revealing a close and mutually appreciative working relationship.
“If I were to knock on the door of any house in the world and a child were to answer it, the odds are even that I would be offered a cup of tea. Not many men can say that and I am proud of it.” -Roald Dahl.