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    Original Printing Dies for the American Edition of the Dust Jacket for the First Harry Potter Book

    [J. K. Rowling, association]. Two Original Printing Dies. [Baltimore, n.d., ca. 1998]. One master die and one duplicate die of the text portion of the front panel and spine of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The darker die is the master - the other is a duplicate die made from this master (they made many duplicates from this master die, and they, in turn were used to make printing plates). The master was used for the American version of the dust jacket from the very beginning. Approximately 11.75 x 8.75 inches. Plates made out of magnesium with wooden backings. Some minor wear (as is to be expected), some tape markings on verso. Still, fine.
    "This magnesium die was made by Craig M. McGowan at our family engraving shop, Engravers Technology, 3111 Falls Cliff Road, Baltimore MD [now out of business].
    It was made by removing some material with a milling machine, operated by hand. Die was finished by etching in a nitric acid bath. All old school craftsmanship, NO computers or C. N. C. Machines.
    The dark die is a master die made from the mag[nesium] die. Duplicate dies are made from the master + sent to the finishing house to be used to emboss the final product. Craig McGowan" (From the consignor's letter).


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    October, 2014
    8th Wednesday
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