Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

1964 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition, first issue
Starring ‘Our Hero’ Charlie Bucket, with the infamous Willy Wonka.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was inspired by Roald Dahl’s time spent working at the age of 13 at Cadbury, the English chocolate maker. He was amazed by all the machinery and by the spies sent by both Cadburys and their biggest rival Rowntrees to steal each others secret recipes.

Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. The first edition first issue with six lines of printing and binding information in the colophon, reduced to five in later issues, and published three years before the English edition.

Superb copy, suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half burgundy morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, titles in gilt.
 
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Price HK$ 30,000



1961 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition, first issue
James: Whenever I had a problem, my parents told me to look at it another way.
Earthworm:
How? First, I was bird bait, and then I was shark bait.
James:
That's true, but you could say that you gave us wings to fly, and that you defeated a giant shark single-handedly.
Earthworm:
No-handedly.
James:
You're a hero.
Earthworm:
I am. I'm Wonderworm!

A near fine copy of the true first edition, beautifully illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, with full page colour plates. Housed in a custom made cloth slipcase.
 
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Price HK$ 22,000



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - together with - Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator - Roald Dahl. Faith Jaques (illustrator)

1967 - George Allen and Unwin Ltd., London - First English Editions
Starring ‘Our Hero’ Charlie Bucket, with the infamous Willy Wonka. This book was inspired by Roald Dahl’s time spent working at the age of 13 at Cadbury, the English chocolate maker. He was amazed by all the machinery and by the spies sent by both Cadburys and their biggest rival Rowntrees to steal each others secret recipes.

Black and white illustrations throughout by Faith Jaques. An elegant presentation, housed in a cloth slipcase.
 
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Price HK$ 7,200