Schindelman, Joseph. Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. First edition, first issue, with a six line colophon. Publisher's red cloth, with the title in blind to the front board, spine lettered in gilt, black topstain; in the original first-issue dust jacket designed by Schindelman, lacking the ISBN number to the rear panel, with illustration of a chocolate candy bar, Charlie, and Willy Wonka to the front panel, illustration of Wonka dancing in front of billboards to the rear panel. Near fine, with gilt just a touch dimmed and a few faint spots to topstain; unclipped dust jacket, with a few closed tears to the spine ends, creasing and nicks to the top edge of the rear panel, vertical creasing to front panel, and vertical creasing, minor soiling, and a light dampstain to rear panel. Overall, a bright and unfaded unclipped dust jacket without the usual chipping and fading. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a popular children's book, featuring the child protagonist Charlie Bucket, who, along with four others, is awarded the privilege of touring the famous Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Joining Charlie on the fantastical tour are some of Dahl's most memorable characters, including the gluttonous Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde, and television addict Mike Teavee. Charlie, a poor and kindhearted child, successfully passes Wonka's unspoken challenge by resisting an unscrupulous offer by a rival chocolatier, winning him a ride in Wonka's glass elevator. Like many of Dahl's child protagonists, Charlie represents purity and honesty in the face of malevolent adults. Charlie's story is continued in the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adapted into two popular films: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), a musical adaptation directed by Mel Stuart starring Gene Wilder, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), directed by Tim Burton and featuring Johnny Depp.