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J K Rowling

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* Re-listed due to timewaster *

Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone

Published by Bloomsbury in 1997
1 of only 500 hardback copies
First Edition / First Printing

Here we have the rarest and most sought after book on the planet, a first edition, first printing copy of J.K Rowling's very first book 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone' (published by '
Bloomsbury' in 1997).

This book is probably one of the most famous copies around which made the news on the BBC, ITV and also in a number of newspapers back in 2010 after it was stolen from a Gallery whilst on display. After appeals through the press everywhere from Ireland to Thailand, the thief panicked and left the book in a plastic bag outside a chemist, where it was recovered by a burger van owner. The book suffered very minor waterstain damage to the page block and an approx. 2cm tear to the right hand side of page 17 within the book. The story attached to this book and the journey it has been on only adds to the mystery  surrounding a book which is very lucky to be around, an amzing find in every sense of the word.

This book is the true U.K 1st edition, 1st Printing hardback without the dustwrapper as originally issued (the cornerstone of any serious Harry Potter collection and the most sought after of all J.K Rowling items. The book displays the all important full numberline on the title verso '10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1' (indicating the genuine UK 1st edition) and the crucial misprint on page 53 with 'wand' appearing twice on Harry's shopping list for Diagon Alley. Originally when Rowling wrote the first of the Harry Potter books the publishers, Bloomsbury, intended it as a paperback edition. However, they did issue in tiny quantities a hardback version aimed at the library market where a hard-wearing copy would be preferable. Estimates as to exactly how many were printed vary from 300 to 500 copies. 

This copy is a restored ex-library copy which has had 1 library stamp removed from the title page and the corners and joints of the laminate restored. In order to see where the ink stamp was you have to hold it up to the light, needless to say, the book has been restored to the very highest of standards as the photos clearly show. Internally, the pages have yellowed which is common place across all copies of this book. This is due to the poor quality of paper stock used which was the same as the paperback books and was never intended as anything more than a disposable read. The book comes with fantastic provenance which is an absolute must for a book of this stature. It is believed that many of the copies which went into the library system were either discarded (due to poor condition) or lost which begs the question, exactly how many copies of this book exist? Although nobody knows the exact number of copies which now exist, you can see why a book which was printed in tiny tiny numbers to start off with is undoubtedly the rarest of all childrens books around (in any condition).     

This is undoubtedly one of the most important childrens book of its time and is easily the most sought after book around. Book collectors around the world would give absolutely anything to own a copy of the very book which turned J.K Rowling from an 'unknown' author to the creator of the 'Harry Potter' phenomenon and who amassed a billion pound fortune in the process. As a guide, 'fine' copies of this book are valued anything between £30,000 - £50,000, if you add J.K Rowling signature then depending on the inscription and provenance, the sky's the limit.     

I can confirm that there are no copies of this book for sale at the time of creating this listing. The last one I saw (which was in average condition) was approximately 2 months ago which was priced at  £17,500, so this gives you an idea of their scarceness, value and desirability. 

To avoid substantial charges through paypal, payment must be made within 48 hours of this listing ending via direct bank transfer. I will happily post this book to Mainland U.K using 'Special Delivery' (at a cost to myself) to the winning bidder. If you are an International bidder then please get in touch regarding your location so that I can give an indication of postage and packaging fees.

Should you require any further details then please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

Good Luck with the Auction !! 

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