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    Inscribed with an Early Form of Rowling's Signature

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

    First edition, first printing, 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. Presentation copy, delightfully inscribed by the author in blue ink on the dedication leaf: "For Pippa / Thank you for your / patience with me / and my commas. / J. K. Rowling." Octavo (7.75 x 5 inches; 197 x 127 mm.). 223, [1, blank] pages.

    Publisher's stiff color pictorial wrappers illustrated by Thomas Taylor. Housed in a custom red leather over cloth clamshell case with gilt spine titles and five raised bands. Very minor rubbing to the lower edges and some scattered small fingernail marks to the wrappers. A tiny crease to the fore-edge and the bottom edge of the rear wrapper. Text very slightly browned, as usual. Rear wrapper ever so slightly bowed. All in all, an excellent, bright copy in near fine condition.

    The inscription, presumably to one of Rowling's editors or copy editors, is a delightful peek into Rowling's sense of humor, and includes an early form of her signature.


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