New York: Borzoi Books / Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1981. First U.S. edition (Library binding). Hardcover. 76 pp. Octavo. [23 cm]. Red buckram over boards with title and illustration stamped on front board and title stamped in blue with white backdrop on spine. Ex library, with several ex library stamps, a book binder's sticker on front paste down, and a library pocket on verso of rear free end paper. Heavily read copy with children's pen and crayon markings on free end papers and soiling to interior pages. Extremities heavily rubbed, front board cocked. Good +. Item #63930
Featuring Dahl's characteristically unlikeable adult characters, whose ugliness (inside and out), is without measure. A scarce library binding edition of American first. This is Dahl's ninth published children's books, reportedly written as an expression of his hatred for facial hair.