The True First Edition, First Printing of
J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone. [London]: Bloomsbury, . First edition,
first printing, the rarer hardcover issue of the first and rarest
of the Harry Potter books, with the 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 boards.
Ex-library copy (most of the hardcovers were sent to libraries in
England - this copy with two ink stamps stating "Rochdale
Libraries"). Binding covered in laminate. Laminate and binding
worn, front free endpaper missing, ink-stamps on half-title and
title-page, as well as a small ink note on half-title, a small chip
in the lower margin of page 53/54, a four and a half inch
horizontal tear across the text of page 73/74 (neatly repaired with
tape), a marginal chip barely touching text on page 105/106, page
151/152 a bit loose, and page 157-156 a bit bumped at top.
Occasional light stains. Text toned. Skewed. Overall, a fair copy
of this rare book.
the First Harry Potter Novel
The publisher, Bloomsbury, had published an initial run of about 500 copies of this book in hardcover, approximately 300 of which were sent to libraries (such as this one apparently was). This book went on to win most of the British literary awards for children's fiction for that year, which launched the international Harry Potter phenomenon.
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