New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1970). Chaffin, Donald. First Edition. Hardcover. First U.S. edition, octavo size, 72 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #18041725
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) has written stories to delight children generation after generation, and his heartwarming tales such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach" are avidly read today. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is filled with charming animal characters who must survive on their wits, in a world dominated by unsympathetic farmers.
Bringing a delicate charm to the story are the illustrations by Donald Chaffin, a British artist known for illustrating numerous children's books; Chaffin was also a consultant for the animated film adaptation of the book, directed by Wes Anderson and starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep.
___DESCRIPTION: Full cream cloth, illustration of the title character with his name underneath in silver on the front board, green lettering on the spine, green endpapers, double-spread title page with black-and-white illustration by Donald Chaffin, black-and-white illustrations by Chaffin throughout; Baskerville type, octavo size (9.25" by 6.75"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-2] 3-62 [63-64]. In a pictorial paper dust jacket with a colour illustration by Chaffin and green, black, and red lettering on the front panel, green and black lettering on the spine, reviews of Roald Dahl's other books on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and author bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $3.95 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, and the interior clean and bright; there is a prior owner inscription in pen on the front paste-down endpaper, dated "'71", else fine. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, with bright colours, clean overall with a few spots of soiling, light sunning to the spine, slight rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, and a very small closed tear to the top of the front joint.
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