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    Scarce First American Edition, First Printing, of the First Harry Potter Book, Signed by J. K. Rowling

    J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Signed by the Author. Illustrations by Mary GrandPré. [New York]: Arthur A. Levine Books, An Imprint of Scholastic Press, [1998].

    Scarce first American edition, first printing, of the first Harry Potter book, signed by J. K. Rowling on the title-page. The copyright page has the correct full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02," followed by "Printed in the U.S.A. 23," and "First American edition, October 1998." Octavo (8.9375 x 5.9375 inches; 228 x 151 mm.). vi, [2], 309, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank] pages. Black and white title vignette and seventeen black and white chapter vignettes.

    Publisher's quarter red cloth over purple diamond-embossed boards. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt with gilt publisher's device (with "J. K. Rowling" and without "Year 1" on the spine). Dark turquoise endpapers. Spine ends and lower corners very slightly bumped, very minor rubbing to the cloth on the spine along the rear joint and to the lower board edges, tiny area of slight discoloration on the front board. Tiny crease at the lower edge of pages 7-12. Otherwise this is a very clean copy in fine condition.

    In the original first issue color pictorial dust jacket designed by Mary GrandPré and David Saylor, with "Harry Potter" in raised gold lettering on the front panel, a single quote from The Guardian, London, on the rear panel ("HARRY POTTER could assume the same near-legendary status as Roald Dahl's Charlie, of chocolate factory fame."), the bar codes on the rear panel with white backgrounds and with the numbers "51695" present above the smaller bar code, and with the $16.95 original retail price on the front flap. With "J. K. Rowling" and no volume number ("Year 1") on the jacket spine. The jacket is in fine condition with only minimal edgewear at the spine extremities and flap folds.

    "This book was art directed by David Saylor and designed by Becky Terhune. The art for both the jacket and the interior was created using pastels on toned printmaking paper. The text was set in 12-point Adobe Garamond...The book was printed and bound at Berryville Graphics in Berryville, Virginia. The production was supervised by Angela Biola and Mike Derevjanik" (Colophon).

    The first British edition was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books, London, in 1997, under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This first American edition is slightly different from the first British edition, as small changes were made (including changing "Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone" in the title) by Scholastic Press in Americanizing the text.

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