"The most imaginative debut since Roald Dahl."J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. [London]: Bloomsbury, .
First edition, first printing with correct copyright page (number line reading "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1", "Copyright © Text Joanne Rowling 1997", and "Copyright © Cover illustration Thomas Taylor1997" with no space between "Taylor" and "1997") and textual error on page 53 ("1 wand" listed twice). NOT an ex-library copy. Octavo. 223 pages.
Publisher's pictorial laminated boards. No dust jacket, as issued. Mild bumping and rubbing to the edges and spine ends, with a small thumbnail bump at the bottom of the front board. Mildly rubbed corners. A few fingernail rubs to the boards and spine. Slight toning to the textblock edges. Internal contents bright and clean. Overall, a very good copy of an exceedingly rare touchstone of children's literature that Stephen King called "a feat of which only a superior imagination is capable."
General consensus is that Bloomsbury released about 500 copies of the hardcover in the first printing, most of which went to libraries and schools. This is an excellent copy of the first edition with no library markings of any kind. Here is a great opportunity to acquire one of the rarer modern firsts in all of Muggledom, an increasingly rare chance as first printing copies continue to sell into private collections.
"[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone] is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. J. K. Rowling, a teacher by training, was a 30-year-old single mother living on welfare in a cold one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh when she began writing it in longhand during her baby daughter's nap times. But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special" (Michael Winnerip, New York Times Book Review, February 14, 1999).
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was an instant critical success upon its release in England, winning both the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and the prestigious British Book Award for Children's Book of the Year. Its popular success speaks for itself.
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