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James and the Giant Peach - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by  Roald Dahl - Signed First Edition - 1961 - from John Atkinson Books (SKU: 11702)

James and the Giant Peach - SIGNED and INSCRIBED

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James and the Giant Peach - SIGNED and INSCRIBED

by Dahl, Roald

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USA: Alfred Knopf, 1961. A first edition, first printing, second issue [Bound by the Book Press] published by Alfred Knopf in 1961. A very good copy without inscriptions. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the front free endpaper 'To Andrew and Rebecca [Highton]/Love/Roald Dahl/1977'. Additionally, Dahl has written 'American Edition' on the front pastedown. In a very good unclipped wrapper with surface loss to the spine and corners and general surface wear. Douglas Highton attended St Peter's prep school in Weston-super-Mare with Roald Dahl.  As a friend, Douglas supported Roald during an incident at school, which Roald would never forget and later recounted in his autobiographical book 'Boy'. Douglas also appears anecdotally in the short story 'Lucky Break', and as a character in the short story 'The Swan'. The two stayed in touch over the years and Douglas would visit Roald at home in Great Missenden where Roald kindly signed many books for Douglas' grandchildren, Andrew and Rebecca


James and the Giant Peach is a popular children's novel written in 1961 by British author Roald Dahl. The novel features an English orphan boy named James Henry Trotter cared for by his two abusive aunts. James finds a tunnel in a gigantic peach and enters into a magical world where he befriends seven bugs. He proceeds to embark on a wild adventure with his insect friends, getting into trouble and saving them from sticky situations. The book has frequently become the target of censorship due to its infrequent gruesome and potentially horrifying content. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1996.

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On Mar 13 2016, Peterfryer said:
This is a First printing of the trade edition bound in green and black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Not an ex-library Edition or the school edition which can be identified by the red binding.

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