James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl, Nancy Ekholm Burkert (illustrator) 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.
How? First, I was bird bait, and then I was shark bait.
That's true, but you could say that you gave us wings to fly, and that you defeated a giant shark single-handedly.
You're a hero.
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.
  ‘In 1953 Dahl married the American actress Patricia Neal; they had three children, to whom he began to tell bedtime stories.’ James and the Giant Peach was the first to be printed, with the book being published and sold in the US six years before appearing in the UK’. [Carpenter & Pritchard]

1st Issue Point on book - “Bound by H.Wolff, New York”. Second Issue this was changed to “Bound by Book Press, N.Y.”
1st Issue Point on Dust Jacket - Small code number "394-81282-4" in black type on bottom rear panel near spine. First state identified in part by lack of these numbers on rear of Jacket.

Tall Octavo (10.25 x 7”) pp. 119.
  Condition: Fine copy with the exception of presentation inscription to front endpaper. In bright very good to near fine dust jacket, light rubbing to edges, spine with small closed tear and 4mm loss to corner of tail.   Ref: 103066   Price: HK$ 22,000