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Harry Potter The Prisoner of Azkaban True 1st edition 1st/1st rare 2nd state
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AS new unread with minor faults as per auction description.

26 Jun, 2014 20:26:09 BST
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Portsmouth, England., United Kingdom


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Seller notes: AS new unread with minor faults as per auction description.

J K Rowling




Hardback with Jacket

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1st Edition

Harry Potter

You are looking at a 1st edition first printing rare 2nd 2nd stateof J.K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Published by Bloomsbury and printed by Clays of St Ives.

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Description: This is a True Bloomsbury (i.e. NOT Ted Smart/NOT Book Club) First Edition and First Printing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban published in 1999.  The first printing is indicated by the full number line (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1) on the copyright page. Some other listings seem to mistake state for printing (this is a first edition, first printing, second state).  There are three states of the first printing - This meets all the criteria for the Second State including correction of the copyright to J.K. Rowling (first lists Joanne Rowling), lists Clays St. Ives as the printer (third does not list a printer), has no ads in the rear and corrects the drop text on pages 7.  The following is an extract from Tomfolio webstie (found via a google search, which provides some useful information:

"This volume presents some challenges to the collector. There are apparently three states of the trade edition. There is also a deluxe (collector's) edition that was issued simultaneously with the trade edition. All of the deluxe editions will be discussed later.  The First Edition has the full number line, down to "1", on the copyright page. It was issued with a dustwrapper illustrated by Cliff Wright, with a price of £10.99. This book is also in illustrated boards (covers) with the illustration matching that on the dustwrapper.  The trade edition has a number of points. The first issue states 'Copyright Joanne Rowling' on the copyright page, whereas the second issue is amended to 'J.K. Rowling'. Also on the first page of text (p. 7), there is a misaligned text block with some dropped text. Clays Ltd. is listed as the printer. The speculation is that the errors were discovered early in the print run. Early thought was there were only 500 copies with these errors. It is now assumed that there were actually about 2500 of these copies.  The second state has J.K. Rowling listed as copyright holder. In addition, the dropped text on page 7 is corrected. Clays Ltd. is also still noted as the printer. There are no black and white advertisements in the back of the book. Based on the number of copies offered for sale, and the number of copies seen, this state actually seems to be scarcer than the first state, although the number of these is undetermined, and based on the publishing numbers should not be so.  The so-called third state is very interesting. It lists J.K. Rowling as the copyright holder, and has the corrected text on page 7. It also has an added 2 pages of black and white advertisements for the first 2 books at the back of the book. This is also lacks the Clays Ltd. imprint, and lists no firm as the printer. This state is the most common of the three, but again there has been no determination on the number of these that were printed.  One has to wonder what the third state really is. Why would Bloomsbury stop the presses to add the 2 pages of advertisements, if they did not add the advertisements when they made the error corrections to the first state? Why is Clays Ltd. not noted as the printer? Who (or where) printed these copies? Could these actually be the first Australian editions? Especially as we have yet to see or hear of an Australian first. These are questions that still need to be answered."

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