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    True First Edition of the First Harry Potter Book with Signature

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

    First edition signed on a card by author J. K. Rowling, with all first issue points, including "Joanne Rowling," "Thomas Taylor1997" (no space before year) and the complete number sequence "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on the copyright page, along with "1 wand" listed twice on page 53. Mild toning to pages. The signed card by J. K. Rowling is set into front doublure. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from HP4U. Octavo. 223 pages.

    Luxuriously bound by The Chelsea Bindery (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in full red and purple morocco. Single fillet borders, front board with gilt side title, gilt facsimile signature of the author, and large sunken panel, bordered in blind, reproducing the original color pictorial label for this volume in onlaid multicolored morocco (rear board reproducing the original illustration of Dumbledore on this volume, also in onlaid multicolored morocco, and Hogwarts Castle outlined in gilt onlay on the inside rear cover). Spine decoratively paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins ruled and decoratively tooled in gilt, cream-colored watered silk endpapers, all edges stamped in silver with hologram stars. A fine copy housed in a quarter red morocco book-backed clamshell case, lined with felt, by The Chelsea Bindery (stamp-signed in gilt inside the case), the spine decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt with five raised bands. A stunning example of a fine binding, executed with great care by the artist-binders of The Chelsea Bindery.


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