First edition, first printing. Inscribed association copy, from the author to his publisher. Original pictorial boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated in colour throughout by Quentin Blake. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the corners slightly bumped. The contents are entirely complete, clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps although with the small Quentin Blake designed bookplate of Tom Maschler to the bottom right corner of the front pastedown. Complete with the lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper which remains bright and without fading. Correctly priced £1.50 net to the front flap.
An notable association copy of this joint winner of the 1974 Whitbread Award for Children's Books. Signed and inscribed by Russell Hoban in black ink on the front endpaper "To Tom, Faye, Han & Batty / Best wishes / for good luck / in every kind / of fooling around / from Russ / 19.4.74". The recipients are the family of Tom Maschler, titan of British publishing, and at the time of presentation, the head of the Jonathan Cape publishing house. It was Maschler who in 1978 introduced Quentin Blake to Roald Dahl, therefore facilitating one of the most notable partnerships in late 20th century children's literature.
Stock code: 16048