Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book


An original copy of the first Harry Potter book, printed in it’s first year, 1997.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, printed in 1997 during the first year of this publishing sensation.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first book in J. K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series. This copy was printed in 1997, the first year of the beginning of the Harry Potter publishing sensation.

It is interesting to note that there are extremely rare first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that were printed in a very short run in 1997. At that point only 500 copies were produced, of which 300 went to libraries. Rare copies of this first 500 copies have realised a value of over £60,000 at auction. During 1997 there followed a series of printings of which this copy is one. This book has the numbers: (30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23).

Our copy displays the author Joanne Rowling on the copyright page. Dumbledore is illustrated by Thomas Taylor on the back cover. Triple Smarties Gold Award is displayed on the front cover. Bloomsbury Publishing, London 1997.

This book is a hardcover with an unclipped dust wrapper. The dust wrapper has light crumpling on the top and bottom edges, a very slight crease and a couple of very small marks on the back. The book is in very good condition with slight bumping on the top and bottom of the spine. Inside boards are very clean. Inside pages are clean and crisp.

If you are a Harry Potter fan it will be a pleasure to read this original copy of the book that started the Harry Potter phenomenon.

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