THE Harry Potter Book for CollectorsJ. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. [London]: Bloomsbury, .
One of the 500 first edition, first printing copies of the first and rarest of the Harry Potter books, and one of approximately 300 copies sent to British libraries. Correct full number line ("10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1"), "Copyright © Text Joanne Rowling 1997" (rather than "J. K. Rowling"), and "Taylor1997" (rather than "Taylor 1997") on the copyright page, and with "1 wand" appearing twice (first and last) in the list of "Other Equipment" on page 53. Octavo. 223, [1, blank] pages.
Publisher's pictorial laminated boards illustrated by Thomas Taylor. Ex-library, with the expected wear present for such a copy. This particular copy was once the property of the West Sussex Libraries, evidenced by the circular library stamp on the front pastedown, the "Withdrawn for Sale" stamp on the half-title, and the main library stamp on the copyright page. Binding is moderately worn, rubbed, and soiled, with cracking of the laminate along the spine folds, bottom edges, and corners. Corners bumped and somewhat rubbed. Spine ever so slightly cocked, and with possible re-coloring along the spine folds. Slightly over-opened at front hinge and page 223. Text clean. Despite the wear to the binding, a very good copy of the cornerstone Harry Potter book.
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