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The Gremlins
London: Collins,, [1944]. London: Collins,, [1944]. From the Walt Disney Production. Quarto, ( 285 x 220 mm). Recently bound in full red morocco, titles to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt, two raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. Ownership inscription to half title page, light spotting to pages, a very good copy handsomely bound. First UK printing, preceded by the US edition a year before. "Disney tried to make a film of one of Dahl's stories called 'The Gremlins' (1943), which concerned a tribe of goblins who were blamed by the RAF for everything that went wrong with an aircraft. Gremlin stories were rife in the RAF at the time, and several other books about them had already appeared, but Dahl was happy to boast that he had invented them. 'The Gremlins' was such a success that the self-dramatizing RAF hero became a frequent guest of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House and their weekend retreat, Hyde Park. This entrĂ©e was exploited by the British intelligence services, who made him a spy—on the Americans. Or so Dahl later claimed" (ODNB).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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