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J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. [London]: Bloomsbury, [1997]....

2009 March Grand Format Rare Books Auction #6020

 
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A Fine Copy of the Exceedingly Rare First Edition, Signed on a Card by J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. [London]: Bloomsbury, [1997].

First edition, with all first issue points including "Joanne Rowling" and "Thomas Taylor1997" (no space before year) on copyright page, along with the complete number sequence "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1." Twelvemo. 223 pages.

This, the first book in the Harry Potter series, was issued simultaneously in both hardcover and softcover. This softcover copy is in the original pictorial stiff wrappers. The pages have toned lightly as is common with this title; otherwise there are no creases to the covers or spine, and the binding is tight. A fine copy of Rowling's first book. Mounted inside the back cover is a card featuring the front cover artwork, signed by J. K. Rowling.

Reputedly only 300 hardcover and 200 softcover copies of Rowling's first book were printed, and nearly all of these went to schools and libraries. Considering that many of Rowling's later books were printed in first edition runs numbering in the millions, the rarity of this volume - the book that launched a cultural phenomenon - is extraordinarily significant.

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