Owner Interview: 1964 Inscribed Roald Dahl Book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
I'm Tim from Olympia, Washington, and I spoke with Ken Sanders. INTERVIEWER: What did you talk to Ken about?
I asked Ken to help me find out more about this book that I've had since I was a kid, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. He was very helpful and informative. He said that the condition, condition, condition is everything and specifically that the dust jackets tend to be very rare and hard to find in good condition. Actually, it sounded like the value would have been almost double, if the dust jacket would have been in better condition. He estimated this at retail between $5,000 to $6,000 in its current condition. A better dust jacket could be up to $9,000 to $10,000. INTERVIEWER: That almost sends a chill up your spine to realize what you probably almost did to this book at certain points in childhood.
Totally, lessons learned. I don't regret anything. I'm glad I read it so much as a kid. This book came to school with me several times in backpacks, tossed around. Actually, looking back at many of the items I had as a kid, not very many probably survived at all. The fact that this book did and again not knowing that the dust cover is important, that's surprising to me that it's even in this good of shape. Note to self and my own son, take better care of older books.
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