DAHL, Roald (author). Quentin BLAKE (illustrator). Matilda. London; Jonathan Cape. 1988.
Large 8vo. Original red linson boards, boldly lettered in gilt to spine, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-240; illustrated throughout in monochrome; a bright copy with mild compression to spine ends and very small rubbing to forecorners, internally clean and crisp with a tiny ownership inscription to front free endpaper, protected by a clean and attractive, unclipped dustwrapper, with some signs of handling including mild pushing to spine ends, light creases to flaps, and faint scoring.
First edition, without the price to the dustwrapper flap and without the barcode and ISBN number to the rear panel. Precedence is undetermined, however the majority of copies on the market do have these two attributes. An acknowledged modern children's classic and increasingly scarce in collectable condition as the book is frequently read to rags.