Advance Reading Copies of the First American Editions of the First Three Harry Potter Books

    J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the: Sorcerer's Stone; Chamber of Secrets; Prisoner of Azkaban. [New York]: Arthur A. Levine Books / An Imprint of Scholastic Press, 1998-1999.

    "Advance Reader's Editions" of the first American editions. Three octavo volumes. 309, 341, and 431 pages, respectively. Illustrated by Mary GrandPré.

    Publisher's pictorial wrappers echoing the eventual dust jacket art on Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets; Prisoner of Azkaban wrappers illustrated with a black-and-purple diamond pattern on the covers, and a red-and-black diamond pattern on the spine, with spine and front cover titles in white. All three housed together in a lovely maroon cloth clamshell box with a red spine title label lettered in black. Very minor edge wear to each volume. Slight wrinkling to the upper corner of the last three leaves of Chamber of Secrets. Square, tight bindings. Overall, a near fine set of the books that would turn a simple boy wizard into a cultural juggernaut.

    Each volume contains a letter from the publisher (bound into Sorcerer's Stone, laid-in the other two volumes). All three are marked "UNCORRECTED PROOF - NOT FOR SALE" on the back cover at the head of a paragraph of promotional text. Interestingly, the famous first printing blurb from The Guardian is present on the back cover of Sorcerer's Stone. Half-title page of Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban additionally noted as "UNCORRECTED PROOFS."

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