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The Gremlins. - DAHL, Roald - 1943. 
New York: Random House,, 1943. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story. Quarto. Original red cloth backed red boards, titles to spine in black, colour illustration to upper board, yellow and red pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrations throughout. Tips a little rubbed. An excellent, bright copy in the jacket with some short closed tears to spine ends and foot of panels, light tissue repairs to verso. First edition, first printing. Roald Dahl's first book and his only collaboration with Walt Disney, The Gremlins was written as a promotional device for a feature-length Disney animation that was never produced, partly because the studio could not establish firm copyright in the "gremlin" characters (Dahl claimed to have invented them, though they had been common currency in the RAF and had appeared in print at least once before) and partly because the British Air Ministry wanted final approval of the script and production. It was eventually agreed that royalties would be split between the RAF Benevolent Fund and Dahl. The book is still described on the title and the front cover as being "From the Walt Disney Production", although the Disney studio had written to Dahl in August 1943 cancelling any further preproduction work.
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