Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Donald Chaffin. First edition, first printing. Publisher's tan cloth, with Mr. Fox portrait in silver foil to front board, titles in green foil to spine, and green endpapers; in its original tan dust jacket, with illustration by Donna Lampell of Mr. Fox in front of a tree to front panel, lettered in black, green, and red, and "$3.95" price to front flap. About fine book, with light offsetting to endpapers, and a tiny spot of soiling to p. 63; near fine unclipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, a touch of spotting to panels, and a couple of small closed tears to bottom of front panel. Overall, a lovely copy of a classic Roald Dahl book. Fantastic Mr. Fox tells the story of a wily fox who routinely outwits three farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - stealing food from their farms and bringing it back to his family. The three farmers, obsessed with exacting revenge on Mr. Fox, trap the fox underground. Mr. Fox comes up with a plan to steal from the farms via underground tunnels and gathers enough livestock and cider to put on a massive feast for all the underground animals. The book was adapted into a 2009 stop-motion film directed by Wes Anderson and featuring the voices of Bill Murray, George Clooney and Meryl Streep. It was also adapted into an opera, a 2019 recording of which received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Notably, it is believed that the US edition was published earlier than the UK edition, making this copy a true first edition. Item #RD020