One of the most beloved children’s stories of the 20th century, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is a masterpiece of pure imagination.
Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, our hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!
First published in 1964, the dark humor and cheerful gruesomeness of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory immediately endeared the book to children, making it an instant bestseller. Rarely has a tale of morality ever been more deliciously entertaining to read, as Roald Dahl’s story warns children and adults alike of the dangers of bad parenting, spoiling children, and self-indulgence.
Dahl drew inspiration for the story from his own childhood. In the 1920s, chocolate makers in England would frequently send samples to school children in exchange for their opinions on new products. Two of the largest competing chocolate companies, Cadbury and Rowntree, would send spies posing as employees to discover the other’s trade secrets. As a result, the companies became highly protective of their chocolate making process. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired the author to write his story.
Roald Dahl’s classic tale has been adapted into two major motion pictures, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). In 1971, Dahl wrote a sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, published in 1972.
About The Editions:
The limited edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is presented in four states: Artist, Numbered, Lettered and Roman Numeral. The editions are oversized at 7” x 10” and feature over 50 color illustrations by Quentin Blake; a new exclusive introduction by Donald Sturrock, author of the critically acclaimed biography of Roald Dahl; and over 60 pages of bonus content. Also included is a note by Paul Suntup. All editions are printed full color throughout.
The Numbered, Lettered and Roman Numeral editions are printed letterpress with a spot color throughout, and the color illustrations are printed offset. The letterpress editions are signed by Donald Sturrock and Paul Suntup. The Artist edition is printed offset and is signed by Sue Gent, who created the slipcase illustration.
Artist Edition Features:
– 7” x 10” trim size.
– 220 Pages.
– Limited to 1250 copies.
– Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding with embossed cover.
– Dust jacket resembling Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight candy bar wrapper (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).
– Full color throughout with over 50 color illustrations by Quentin Blake.
– 72 additional illustrations from the artists who have illustrated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through the years: Joseph Schindelman, Faith Jaques, Michael Foreman and Quentin Blake.
– Over 60 pages of bonus content including deleted chapters, an alternate ending, manuscript pages and handwritten notes from early drafts.
1986 reply letter from Roald Dahl to Paul Suntup.
– New exclusive introduction by Donald Sturrock, author of the critically acclaimed biography of Roald Dahl.
– Note by publisher Paul Suntup.
– Printed offset on archival Cougar Natural.
– Housed in an illustrated paper covered slipcase featuring wraparound artwork by Sue Gent.
– Signed by Sue Gent.
– Bookmark with all pre-orders.
– Spotty Powder – A deleted chapter
– The Vanilla Fudge Room – A deleted chapter
– The Warming Candy Room – Manuscript pages from a deleted chapter
– Charlie’s Chocolate Shop – Alternate ending
– Charlie’s Chocolate Boy – Manuscript and typescript pages from the earliest draft of the book
– Miranda Mary Piker Song and Character Sketches by Roald Dahl – Handwritten notes
– Last-minute change from ‘Whipple-Scrumpet’ to ‘Oompa-Loompa’ – Typescript
– Willy Wonka origin letter
– Seventy-two illustrations from the artists who have illustrated Charlie and the – Chocolate Factory over the years – Joseph Schindelman, Faith Jaques, Michael Foreman and Quentin Blake
– Roald Dahl Photographs
– Roald Dahl Reply Letter to Paul Suntup
In 1986 Paul Suntup sent a letter to his favorite author as a child. This is the reply he received back from Roald Dahl, which is reprinted in this edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it is accompanied by a one-page note written by Paul.
Golden Ticket Contest:
Over $25,000 in prizes including a Roman Numeral Edition! Distributed randomly in all editions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are 25 Golden Tickets! Each ticket features a unique number from 1 to 25, and depending on which numbered ticket you have, you will win one of the following prizes:
In addition to the prizes shown above, every Golden Ticket recipient will receive a Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Selection Box.
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The fine press limited edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl will be presented in these additional three states:
Numbered Edition – ($950)
The Numbered edition is limited to 350 copies and is a full leather handmade Bradel binding with gold leather adorning the spine and brown leather boards with a debossed front cover. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via with a spot color throughout. The color illustrations are printed offset. The edition is housed in a gate fold clamshell enclosure covered in Japanese cloth and lined with suede. The edition is signed by Donald Sturrock and Paul Suntup.
Lettered Edition – ($5,500)
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full goatskin binding with a custom handmade leather covered chocolate bar inset into the front cover. The edition is printed letterpress on Rives Heavyweight moldmade paper with a spot color throughout and featuring deckled edges. The color illustrations are printed offset. The edition is housed in a handmade wooden box with laser cut metal gates affixed to the cover, and velvet lined floors. Endsheets are hand marbled for this edition and it is signed by Donald Sturrock and Paul Suntup. The edition is handbound by Peter Geraty at Praxis Bindery in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Roman Numeral Edition – ($14,500)
The Roman Numeral edition is limited to 10 copies numbered I-X. The book is section sewn by hand on pure linen tapes with linen thread. The endpapers have been designed specifically for this edition and are screen printed on Canary Yellow Canson Mi-Teintes 130gsm paper with a leather joint offering strength and flexibility.
The spine is lined with linen and acid-free paper, and the boards of the cover are acid-free laminated millboard which have been sanded to create a cushioned effect. The endbands are handsewn with colored silk threads woven around a core to support the head and tail caps. The edges have been sanded, gilt and burnished by hand with 24ct genuine gold leaf.
The leather is vegetable tanned goatskin pared by hand to create a seamless and smooth finish. All cover decoration is tooled by hand with specially made individual brass tools on 24ct genuine gold leaf, with onlays of pink and green leather to represent candy. The river of chocolate has been created with varying shades of brown leather and blind tooling. All lettering has been carried out with individual hand letters.
The “chocolate box” style enclosure is covered in specially dyed vegetable tanned goatskins, with a hand tooled label in gold leaf and leather onlays. It is lined in suede with a lifting panel and satin ribbon pull to allow easy access to the book.
The edition is printed letterpress on Rives Heavyweight moldmade paper with a spot color throughout. The color illustrations are printed offset. It is signed by Donald Sturrock and Paul Suntup, and is hand crafted by Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe in London, United Kingdom.
The Numbered, Lettered and Roman Numeral editions will be available for pre-order on Saturday, September 18th at 9 A.M. Pacific. Please note: If any copies of the Lettered and Roman Numeral editions are available, those will be sold through a lottery only, and depending on quantities, the Numbered edition will be available for purchase either by lottery or directly through the online store.