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J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide, and first editions of her books have very quickly become collectable. By far the most valuable book in the series is the first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published on 30 June 1997 by Bloomsbury in London. But to have any real collectable value, it has to be a copy of the first edition, first impression (also known as the first printing). This means the very first batch of books off the press, of which there were only a few thousand.  Reprints of Philosopher’s Stone (and even first editions of the later books in the series) have much lower values, in part because so many more of them were printed.

Harry Potter first edition, softcover issue

Harry Potter first edition, softcover issue

First, what do the books look like? The first printing was bound in two different ways. The rarest is the hardback issue, with a cover of laminated boards. Only 500 copies were bound this way, and 300 of those were sent to libraries. Because library books receive so much wear and tear we are left with only 200 copies in potentially fine collectable condition, and these rarely appear on the market. The other binding was a regular paperback of which a few thousand copies were produced for sale.

Next , how do you tell whether your copy, which may look very similar to the one pictured above, is really a valuable first edition? To be a first edition, in either hard or soft cover, there are four very important issue points, all of which your book must have:

1. The publisher must be listed as Bloomsbury at the bottom of the title page. See photo below:

Harry Potter First edition title page

First edition title page

2. The latest date listed in the copyright information must be 1997.

3. The print line on the copyright page must read “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”, ten down to one, exactly. The lowest figure in the print line indicates the printing. (For instance, if your copy has “20 19 18 17”, it’s a less valuable seventeenth printing.)

Harry Potter, First edition number line

First edition number line

You may have been told that you have a first printing if the copyright is in the name of “Joanne Rowling”, but that’s not true. All early printings of this title have the same copyright statement.

This is what the whole back of the title page should look like:

Back title page in the first edition of Harry Potter

Back of title page in the first edition of Harry Potter.

4. On page 53, in the list of school supplies that Harry receives from Hogwarts, the item “1 wand” must appear twice, once at the beginning and once at the end. This mistake was corrected in the second printing of the book (although it re-appeared in some later printings).

Harry Potter First Edition mistake page 53

Mistake on page 53

If your book meets all these requirements then congratulations, you have a first edition! Depending on the binding and condition, it could be worth anywhere from many hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds.  If you’re interested in selling it, or would like to have a custom protective box made to house it, then please contact us. To see the Harry Potter books we currently have for sale please click here.

Though both the paperback and hardback first editions of the Philosopher’s Stone are of value, this is not the case with the other books in the series. For the other titles, it is only the first hardback edition with the dust jacket that have collectable value. If you have a copy of one of these titles that meets all these requirements below, and that you would like to sell, please contact us.

Chamber of Secrets must have been published in 1998 by Bloomsbury with no mention of subsequent edition, publisher, or later date on the copyright page, and have a printing number sequence of “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”.

Chamber of Secrets first edition copyright page

Chamber of Secrets first edition copyright page

Prisoner of Azkaban must have been published in 1999 by Bloomsbury with no mention of subsequent edition, publisher, or later date on the copyright page, and have a printing number sequence of “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”. The most valuable copies are the first issue, which must have “Joanne Rowling” as the author instead of “J. K. Rowling” on the copyright page, and a dropped line of text on page 7.

Joanne Rowling as the author instead of J. K. Rowling

The last four titles in the series, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows, must have the words “First Edition” printed on the copyright page. The print run for the first edition of all of the last four titles was very large, and as a result, even first edition copies in the dust jackets in fine condition are fairly commonly found, and not presently of high value. We are currently interested in acquiring copies of the Goblet of Fire and Half-Blood Prince.

Goblet of Fire copyright page

Goblet of Fire copyright page

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  1. Biblio

    November 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Greetings! This is a wonderfully concise and clear article on how to identify the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…a query we receive often from people on the forums of Biblio.

    We’ve linked to this article on Bibliology, the blog for Biblio.com. I hope you enjoy!

    http://www.biblio.com/2010/11/the-cataloguers-desk-is-my-harry-potter-book-valuable/

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  3. gwenda spargo

    December 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    What a shame , my book satisfies all the pointers except the 2nd 1 wand. Ah well! Thank you for defining the requirements.

  4. Clare Ryzy

    April 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    hi all does the above statment stand for all of the bloomsberrys harrypotters first editions many thanks clare

    1. Laura Massey

      April 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Hi Clare,

      Yes, in order to have a first edition of any of the Harry Potter books they must be published by Bloomsbury in the year of original release and have a number line counting down to one. But generally only the first three in the series have much collectible value, as so many copies were printed of the later books.

      1. Clare Ryzy

        May 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        The Half Blood Prince.dated 2005 states first edtion no numbers…(hardback)
        order of the phoenix. dated 2003 states first edtion no numbers..(hardback)
        golblet of fire .dated 2000 states first edtion no numbers…(hardback)
        golblet of fire .dated 2000 states 10987654321(paper back)
        Chamber of Secrets .dated 1998 number 30 ….
        would anyone be intrested in buying these from me please contact me thanks you kind regards clare:)

  5. Jayrose

    May 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Does any one know about the misprinted harry potter book that was bound wrongly so all the chapters where in the wrong order?

    1. Laura Massey

      May 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Hi Janine,

      Unfortunately, pages being misbound in a book happens sometimes, but doesn’t necessarily make the book valuable. Unlike with coins, book collectors are not interested in abnormalities, and errors only mean that a book is valuable if they indicate it is a first edition. See our post on typos for more information about this: http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/do-misprints-or-typos-make-a-book-valuable/

    2. Laura Massey

      May 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, sometimes errors like this occur when books are bound up, but these usually do not make the book valuable. Unlike with coins, book collectors are not interested in errors unless they indicate that a book is a first edition. You can read more about why these types of errors don’t make a book valuable on another of our blog posts: http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/do-misprints-or-typos-make-a-book-valuable/

  6. george

    May 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hello I have a copy of the second book that i believe to be first edition. It has a smarties book prize stamp on the front. Will that affect it?

    1. Laura Massey

      May 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Hi George,

      First editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets usually have the Smarties sticker/logo on the front, so that should be fine. The date of copyright should be 1998, the publisher Bloomsbury, and the number line counting down to 1, and only hardback copies of this book have collectible value. You’re welcome to email photos if you’d like us to have a look.

    2. Laura Massey

      May 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your question. The Smarties prize sticker or logo normally appears on first editions of Chamber of Secrets, so that is fine. To be a first edition it should be dated no later than 1998, published by Bloomsbury, and have the number line counting down to 1.

  7. marc

    May 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Hi I have a six box set of Harry Potter books all signed by JK. I bought them at a charity event. Phoenix and Half Blood are both first editions. Could you let me know their approx value as i am looking to sell them. They are all in original dust covers and in excellent condition, untouched, never read. Many thx Marc

    1. Pablo

      May 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Dear Marc,

      Please contact us via email (mail@peterharrington.co.uk) with edition details of all six titles in the set, and our children’s books buyer will be in touch.

      Thank you.

  8. JOHN

    May 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hi i have a pristine copy 1999 Philosophers Stone Deluxe edition first edition
    could you please tell me the value of this book
    thank you

  9. JOHN

    May 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hi i have a pristine copy 1999 Philosophers Stone Deluxe edition first edition
    could you please tell me the value of this book
    thank you

    1. Laura Massey

      May 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question. Depending on condition, the deluxe edition of Philosopher’s Stone can be worth at retail around £200-400 (you could expect to receive around a third of the retail price from a reputable bookseller). We don’t need any copies at the moment, but if you’re interested in selling yours try the website of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association, or the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, to locate booksellers near you.

  10. Pipe

    May 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    How much does a first edition signed by j.k rowling sell for in good condition?

    1. Laura Massey

      May 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      You can have a look at our page of Harry Potter books to get an idea – it includes several copies that are signed: http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/authors/j-k-rowling/

  11. Bergström

    May 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Hi

    I have two book.
    1)
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 1997 copyright Joanne Rowling, but numbers are 20 19 18 17 16 15. It’s hard copy with dust cower.

    2)
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 1998, numbers are 17 19 20 18 16. It’s hard copy with dust cower.

    Do they have any value even though they aren’t 1. print?

    Regards

    1. Laura Massey

      May 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Unfortunately these copies, and other later printings, do not have collectible value. They are only reading copies.

  12. Lynne

    May 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Hi Laura,

    I have an immaculate hard back copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which was published in 2003 and says ‘First Edition’ at the bottom of the copyright page.

    I have the same of The Half Blood Prince.

    I know that other first editions have numbers counting down from 10 to 1. Are they worth anything? They are not signed.
    Thanks
    Lynne

    1. Laura Massey

      May 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Hi Lynne,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, even first editions of the last four Harry Potter books have very little collectible value as so many copies were printed. Fine copies are usually sold at retail for around £50.

  13. Michael

    May 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Laura I have a 1997 signed copy of j.k rowlings philosophers stone but the numbers do not to run 1 they run from 30 to 24 will my book have any value as it is signed by j.k rowling?

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

      There may be some value in the signature – please send us an email with photographs of the book and the signature and we can let you know more.

    2. Christopher Rumble

      July 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Laura I have a 1997 paperback Philosophers Stone with 1st edn 37th printing and “winner of the Smarties Gold Award ” at the bottom. Error Copyright Text Joanne Rowling. Good condition no cracks on spine
      Any high value here to justify a trip to visit you ?

      1. Laura Massey

        July 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

        Unfortunately it must be a first edition, first printing as described above to have any collectible value. Yours is just a reading copy.

  14. shona mac

    May 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Laura I have a 1997 paperback copy of the Philosophers Stone. The front cover has the ‘Smarties Gold Award’ but the at script the bottom reads This is terrific book, The Sunday Telegraph. The title page is the same as above but there is no number line. Thank you. Shona Mc

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

      This sounds like a reprint with no collectible value.

  15. Andyb

    June 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Laura,
    I have seven Harry potter special edition, hard back, signed books. The last four are all first editions. The philosophers stone is a tenth edition, the chamber of secrets is seventh edition and The prisoner of Azkaban is a tenth edition. None of the books have been used (read) and have just been taken out of the plastic covers today to determine publication dates. They are in excellent condition. Do they have any value ??
    Thanks

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

      If you send us an email with photographs of the ooks and signatures we can let you know if they’re of interest. Thanks!

    2. Dalton

      July 15, 2013 at 6:36 am

      I’m pretty sure that edition came with the signatures embossed in gold on the bottom of the front cover. It in itself wouldn’t add value to the book

  16. Glenn A

    June 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Laura.
    I have a first edition,2003, copy of “Harry Potter And The Order Of the phoenix” The book is misbound, page numbers repeated and the content of the pages repeated. Does this make it a valuable rarity?

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

      No, errors such as these do not make books valuable. See this blog post for more information on why misprints and other errors do not make a book valuable: http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/do-misprints-or-typos-make-a-book-valuable/

      1. Glenn A

        June 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

        Thanks Laura 🙂

  17. Caroline

    June 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hi, I have a 1997 copy of the Philosophers Stone that matches evvery criteria here apart from it is the 23rd print. It has the same typo (“1 wand”), is published by Bloomsbury etc. It also has the Smarties Book Award winner “sticker” but really all I’m interested in is the fact that it is the 23rd printing but still has the typo, which you stated above was edited on the second printing. Does this make it worth something?

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

      No, only first printings have value, even if they the same errors as a first printing. The value of an error lies only in what it tells us about the book’s printing history. In this case it doesn’t matter, because the book already states that it is a 23rd printing.

  18. Scott

    June 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    hello, i have a copy of the philosophers stone with the numbers reading 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2.
    just curious if it is worth anything?

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

      No, this is a second printing and does not have collectible value.

    2. Adam Douglas

      September 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I’m going to contradict Laura here. The second printing of Philosopher’s Stone in the casebound (hardback) issue is valuable. It’s worth somewhere around 10 per cent of the value of a first impression in the hardback binding. The case is the same as the first printing, but the number line ends in 2, as Scott’s copy does, but the repeated 1 wand is corrected. But if Scott’s copy is a second printing in paperback, it’s not going to have nearly such a high value.

  19. Aaron

    June 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I have a First Ballantine Book Edition: August 1965 of the Hobbit. How much do you think does this worth on the market?

    1. Laura Massey

      June 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      This edition of The Hobbit does not really have any collectible value.

  20. Lue

    June 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hello, I have hardbacks of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Both are first editions – is there any value to them at all?

  21. june cooper

    June 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Hi laura
    I have a copy of the prisoner of azkaban,it has the numbers from 10 down to 1 it states that it is published in 2002 becouse it is an large print ex libary edition bloomburys.its a bit battered do you think it has any value. Thanks in advance june

  22. Lue

    June 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Hello, I have hardbacks of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Both are first editions – is
    there any value to them at all?

  23. Ian

    June 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hi I have a Ted Smart box set of the first 3 HP books.
    The Philosopher’s Stone is a second edition and the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban are both First Editions. Immaculate condition as unread. Any value?

  24. Dan

    June 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hello, I have both the chamber of secrets and prisoner of azkaban that show 10 through to 1 first edition but they say ‘Ted Smart’ on the first cover page. Both are in good condition with dust covers. Are they worth anything? Thanks

  25. Shanel

    June 12, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Hi Laura,

    I have 4 out of the 7 books (Chamber of Secrets, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, & The Deathly Hallows), they all meet the requirements of date, 10-1 numbering and say Bloomsbury on the bottom of the page, they’re all hardcover except for Chamber. But, they also say Raincoast Books Vancouver beside it as well.. does this make a difference?

    Thanks, Shanel

  26. Ben

    June 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Do the later books have the number line? My order of the Phoenix and half blood prince both have the words “first edition” and not he number line

  27. ali

    June 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Hi. Are the numbers readind 20 down to 1 a second edition?

  28. Matt

    June 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi Laura I have the chamber of secrets number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is it worth much as its a first edition ? Thank you . Matthew

  29. Matt

    June 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Laura I have harry potter chamber of secrets number line. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is it worth much ? First edition 1998. Thanks Matthew

  30. Theresa

    July 1, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Wondering, as I am looking to purchase first edition, first prints of the adult hardbacks, if the copyright year is say, 1997 and the print year says 2004, they are NOT considered first editions, first prints then? I’m just starting to collect first editions and do not want to get ripped off. Any advice?

    1. Theresa

      July 1, 2013 at 1:46 am

      And I was merely using the years as an example.

    2. Laura Massey

      July 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Hi Theresa,

      Yes, as it includes a date later than 1997 that means it is not a first edition.

  31. Aaron

    July 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I have a first edition of Hitch Hikers Guide to Galaxy. I saw some good prices offered to this books. I’m willing to sell my copy for a good price. You think you can appraise my book. Please advise.

    Thank you very much.

  32. Aaron

    July 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I have a Hitchhiker’s guide to Galaxy first edition. They’re offering good prices for every kind of book. I’m just wondering maybe you can appraise my book. Please advise.

    Thank you.

    1. Laura Massey

      July 2, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Please email books@peterharrington.co.uk with photographs of your book (the covers, the dust jacket, and the title page) and someone will get back to you.

      1. Aaron

        July 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        Thank you. I will send the email right away.

  33. Julie

    July 6, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I have a hardback version of the half blood prince. Says first edition but dated 2005 and no numbers from 10-1.
    Book is signed by Daniel radcliffe, Rupert grin and Emma watson. Is it worth anything?

    1. Laura Massey

      July 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

      This book may have some value based on the signatures. We can let you know more if you send us photographs of the book, including the copyright information and the signatures.

      1. Julie

        July 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        great where shall I send photos?

  34. TheSecret

    July 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Helllo

    How much are first printing sorcerer stone, exclusive school market will be worth?

    Which auction house has the best realized values in Harry
    Potter books if one is to sell Potter books that are first printings and the cover art have not yet been identified to the general public?

    Thank you.

    1. Dalton

      July 15, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Hello! I would like to purchase your school market edition. I think the cover is excellent. What condition is your copy in? Please email me at dalton.wyers@rocketmail.com. Thank you!

  35. AlanSimpson

    July 8, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I have an early edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone – the numbers run 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3, and there are such quirks as ‘joanne rowling’ and the spacial error in ‘Thomas Taylor1997’. Not the first edition, I know, but is this worth anything?

    1. Laura Massey

      July 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Only the true first impressions of Harry Potter books have collectible value. Unfortunately, as this copy is a later printing from a different publisher it does not. And for more information on why errors and misprints such as the ones you mention don’t make a book valuable, please see our post Do Misprints or Typos make a Book Valuable? http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/do-misprints-or-typos-make-a-book-valuable/

  36. Andrew

    July 16, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Hello,
    I have a full set of harry potter books, and was wondering what they would valued at. The philosophers stone is a 1st ed, 1st print (one of the 500), chamber of secrets is a 1st edition 1st print, prisoner is a 1st ed 1st print 1st state with errors, Goblet of fire is first edition by Omnia, and last are all 1st edition as stated. All are bloomsbury and hardcover with dj, except the first which is an ex-library pb.

    1. Laura Massey

      July 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

      If you would like to email photographs, including the covers, title pages, and copyright information, to books@peterharrington.co.uk we can let you know what we would offer you for the books, but we cannot give a formal valuation. I can say that in general, only the first three books have collectible value, as the later ones were printed in such large numbers. Additionally, the Omnia copy is a reprint – the books were always printed first by Bloomsbury so only those copies have collectible value.

      1. Andrew

        July 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        I don’t believe its a reprint, it is 1st Ed/1st print by UK Bloomsbury but was printed by Omnia before Clays and Mackays.

        1. Laura Massey

          July 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

          I see, I thought you meant that Omnia was the publisher. Goblet of Fire and the other later Harry Potter books were printed for Bloomsbury by a number of different firms, as the print runs were so large that no single company could manage the whole thing. This does not make a difference – there is no precedence for any of the individual printers, and no difference in collectible value between the copies, as all of them hit stores at the same time. All that matters is that the book be published by Bloomsbury in the correct year with the number line down to 1. Additionally, the Omnia printing is not rare – around 250,000 copies were printed by them, and this number alone is far, far higher than the print runs for most books.

  37. Laura Ward

    July 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Hi, my name is Laura Ward, and I’ve been looking up about the first edition printing of the first harry potter book, harry potter and the philosopher’s stone, it has to have the dumbledore on the back cover with the brown beard, just inside the front cover it has to have the number 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, and for the author’s name it will say Joanna Rowling, and not J K Rowling, like it does in the later editions that were published, and for the illustrator’s name it will have: Thomas Taylor1997, without a space inbetween the year and the surname,
    and on the front cover at the bottom there will be a black strip that says: ”A terrific read and
    a stunning first novel” Wendy Cooling, where as on the other edition of the book that was released it has a black strip with something about the gold smarties award, anyway if anyone else would like to chat with me about the harry potter books, feel free to e-mail me: willowy2k@hotmail.com, I don’t mind, I love to talk about all things harry potter!

  38. Tinkerbell

    July 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Have have order of Phoenix and Half Blood Prince firsts are they worth anything?

  39. Muckermel

    July 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hi,

    I have all of the Harry Potter series in deluxe first editions/ first impressions including the elusive ‘Azkaban’ and an edition of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ signed by the artist Thomas Taylor. As a complete first set of deluxe first impressions are they worth much? How would I go about selling them?

    Thanks,

    Mel

  40. Ashleigh

    July 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hi Laura,

    I have the first 4 Harry Potter books signed by J.K. Rowling but they are signed personally to me, she follows the 1st up by writing ‘To Ashleigh, again’ and the 3rd ‘To Ashleigh, yet again’ and finally in the 4th one, ‘To Ashleigh, don’t drop this on your foot’. I just wondered if they wont have any value as they are signed personally?

    1. Laura Massey

      July 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Personalisation does not usually change the value of a signature.

  41. Clare Ryzy

    July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    i have recentley been reading alot of millers collectable books and came across this can you tell me what is correct of the date in the book im being told its 1997 now im lead to believe 1998 book

  42. Chris

    July 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hi I have a first edition Goblet Of Fire book from Bloomsbury I was wondering if this held any value? And if so how can I make a sale knowing I am getting a good deal?

  43. Daniel

    July 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Hello. I just recently purchased a signed and hologramed Deluxe Collector’s Edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in fine condition. It is not numbered and signed on a bookplate. What is the value of this book? Thanks.

  44. Lydia

    July 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    How much is a chamber of secrets uncorected proof copy without a signature worth? Thanks

  45. JRC

    July 31, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Hi I have a 1st edition 1st print with the 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 copy of Harry potter and the philosophers stone but it is an ex library large print version printed in 2001 by Bloomsbury. It’s condition is poor however is it worth anything?

  46. Jim

    July 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Hi, I have 4 hardback Harry Potter 1st editions, HP and the Deathly Hallow, HP and the Goblet of Fire, HP and the order of the Phoenix, HP and the Half-Blood Prince. All are in very good condition with their covers. I wonder if they might be worth anything?

  47. Sian

    August 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Laura I have a first edition hard back half blood prince which I know in itself is not very rare but I bought it on release day and the bag it was put in was a paperbag with the cover of the book printed on. I think I may have these for a few other editions as well. Is it worth hanging onto?

  48. karen

    August 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Laura, I have two harry potter books (and the order of the phoenix, and the deathly hallows) which do not have the numbered countdown but have first edition printed on them.
    Can you let me know why this is and does the absence of numbers alter their value?

  49. Karen

    August 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I have a first american edition of Order of the Phoenix in unread condition. It is missing pages 787-834. Is there any value to this book?

  50. ddclbj

    August 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Is my Harry Potter book which is hard back special edition with gold leaves, which has the front cover printed upside worth anything?

  51. Melanie

    August 20, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi, I have the first Harry potter book, bought in England, printed by Bloomsbury. 1997. Mine does not go down from 10 to 1. But from 50 to 46. I also have the Goblet if Fire in hardback, and it says first edition. Is it of any value? The Prisoner of Azkaban is also British printed 1999 and goes from 10 to one. Lastly I have the chamber of Secrets 1998 going from 30 to 25.
    Any help you can provide would be great. Thank you for your time.
    Melanie

  52. TOM

    August 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    i HAVE A COPY OF HP AND HALF BLOOD PRINCE. iT IS A HARDBACK VERSION WITH A COVER SHOWING AN OLD BOOK ” ADVANCE POTION MAKING” ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. INSIDE THE INFORMATION SAYS FIRST PUBLISHED IN GREAT BRITAIN IN 2005. IT ALSO SAYS FIRST EDITION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE BUT NO NUMBERS. PLEASE CAN YOU ADVISE ME AS TO IT’S APPROXIMATE VALUE. ALSO CAN I ADVERTISE IT AS A FIRST EDITION
    THANK YOU
    TOM NUTTALL

    1. jimbob

      February 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      caps don’t help anything

  53. Annie King

    August 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Hi Laura, I have a hard back copy of the American version of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, first edition, perfect condition. Would that be worth anything?

  54. AronD

    September 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Hi, I have a Deathly Hallow signed at Carnegie Hall (with the ticket and the holographic stamp to prove it) It is a first edition – second printing. I really dont want to sell, but I m interested to know if it is worth anytinhg.
    Thanks

  55. Maria Kearins

    September 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

    halo Laura, i was wondering if you could help me, i bought 2 harry potter books yesterday in a charity shop, i usualy look for angel books, but i was drawn to this one Harry potter and the order of the phoenix, i picked up 2 of the same books, the numbers in the first one are, isbn 0747551006 the other book is the same number, they also say first edition, i would be greatful for your help, thank you, angel hugzz
    maria

  56. Hbomb

    September 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Laura I have two full sets of all the Harry Potter Deluxe in unused condition first edition first print. All are unblemished. Do you have any idea of current value? Thank you.

  57. Fran

    September 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Laura
    I have a first edition Jonathan Cape 1986 hardback copy of Going Solo by Roald Dalh, signed inside the second page Roald Dalh 1986.The book is in perfect condition,no dammage to the spine or pages, the signature is clearly visible.The light blue front cover shows a young Roald Dalh as a pilot. It was given to me as a Christmas present about that time. Any value?

    1. Laura Massey

      October 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Hi Fran,

      Thanks very much for your inquiry. If you send some photos of your copy to us at mail@peterharrington.co.uk we can let you know a little about the value.

      1. Fran

        October 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        Hi
        I have sent photos to mail@peterharrington but have not heard since
        Kind Regards
        Fran

  58. Miranda

    October 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I have a Philosopher’s Stone, 32nd edition signed by J.K.Rowling at the front, is there any value?

  59. Maxine

    November 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Laura
    I have a first edition of the Deathly Hallows, hardback Bloomsbury. Is it worth anything?
    Thanks
    Maxine

  60. Orianna Akker

    November 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Hi, I have a first edition of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone but without a cover. Is this worth anything? It is in very good condition, thank you

  61. James

    December 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Laura
    I have a a Harry Potter deluxe gift set in a red box from Bloomsbury press; first 4 potter books. first 2 are first edition 5th pressing and prisoner of Azcob is a 6th pressing but is credited to Joanne and the 3 books have the 10 – 5/6 markings; only prisoner credited to Joanne. Goblet of fire just says first edition. All are in really good condition apart from prisoner which has a couple of dents to the cover. Are these worth anything?

  62. laura

    December 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Hi laura I have the first for books of harry potter, they are all first edition books, hard back, gold pages, and have they person that wright the book signitur in gold wrighting, are they worth anything an if so how much thankyou

  63. April Frances Tankson

    January 11, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I have the 4th is it worth any thing?

  64. puffy

    January 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I have a harry potter the half blood prince upside down Binding first edition and laminated checkers waswondering if it is worth any thing

  65. Ryan

    January 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Laura, I have the Harry potter books 1-4 with the same artwork shown on this page but with the print line reading 30 29 28. Just wondered how much this is worth? I don’t want to sell it and then find out its worth alot more, Thanks!

  66. Jacqueline

    February 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Laura, I have everything in the publishers page as above, but the print no. is 60, and I dont have the mistake on page 53. Is this worth anything?

  67. Louise

    February 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Hello
    Does having Joanne rowling printed on the first page but it not being a first edition increase its value at all
    Thank you in advance

  68. Damian

    March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I have harry potter and the philosophers stone hard back and soft hard back has numbers going from 10-6 however I cut out some pages to store stuff 🙁 and soft back numbers go from 10-1 but doesn’t have extra wand on page 53 also not in great condition both have the Bloomsbury page

  69. Yvonne M

    March 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hello, thanks for writing such a clear article on this! I worked in a bookshop when the first Harry Potter book came out (John Smith and Sons, Glasgow) where JK Rowling did her first book signing. I have a signed first edition 4th printing paperback (with the errors/printing features you describe except for the duplication of the word ‘wand’), it was used to read to many of my mum’s classes and it is in ‘good’ condition, with a small tear at the bottom of the book’s spine, and an ink mark (1cm) which is on ‘top’ of the pages but doesn’t ‘seep’ onto the pages themselves. I would be grateful for your advice about whether this has any value,
    thanks, Yvonne

  70. GARRY MCCAUGHEY

    May 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    i have a copy of half blood prince, hardback, but cover says deathly hallows. Also, no countdown of edition numbers on copyright page. Is it worth anything?

  71. Olivier

    May 31, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Hi Laura,
    I have a paper back copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone; my edition was published in 1998, the number line is 10 9.
    What would be the value of this book?
    Olivier

  72. SuziQ

    June 11, 2014 at 3:42 am

    We spent the evening looking at my daughter’s copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone. It is hardcover, published 1997 by Scholastc. I remember when she read this years ago she looked up some of the sayings because they were so odd for our American speech. Interestingly enough she has some of the original English edition text and some of the American edited text, all in the same book. I don’t recall hearing of anyone having a book with this oddity — but I know she has certainly enjoyed reading it over the years.

  73. delia kirwan

    June 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    hi laura i have the first adition harry potter and the order of the phoenix could you tell me the value please

  74. Hannah Beatrice Ormsby

    June 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Laura after looking through this, I have a book that has all of these things except one. the print line on the copy write page only has “10 9” there are no more numbers. Just wondering if the book would still be worth anything. Thanks 🙂

  75. Rosemary

    July 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Hi there I have a few Harry Potter books with the same Hardback number however number go from 30 to 26 so there are not worth much…is that correct? Would rather check just in case! Thanks

  76. Robyn Towney

    July 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hi I’m wondering I’ve got an unopened book band was told only 300 copies and most of them were given to working promoters.
    Would this be true and what wood b the value?
    Its the red book Hogworts Express
    the Philosophers stone and has 9 3/4 in the picture.
    Its still not broke from the seal.
    Thanks Robyn
    P.s I’ve has since 2008 & I think t was a few years old then.

  77. liz

    July 25, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Hi Laura and thank you in advance for your help. I have a pristine 1st edition in the united states and printed in the United states. Signed by Ms. Rowling. Would there be any value in this book. 40 counted down to 32.

  78. Angela Woodcroft

    August 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Is harry potter chamber of secrers ISBN 1-85613-612-4 worth any thing or should it go to the junk shop

    1. Laura Massey

      August 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you for your enquiry. I am afraid we cannot tell from the ISBN number. If your copy was published in 1998 by Bloomsbury, with no mention of subsequent dates or printings, it is the hardback edition, and has the number sequence 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, running all the way down to 1, it should be a first edition copy and will be of some worth. If it is a later edition or the paperback version, it will not be of significant worth- at best, a modest second hand book worth of a two-figure amount.
      Kind regards,

      Pablo Picó

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  79. Herb Magee

    August 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I have a first edition copy of the adult edition of Order of the Phoenix here and pages 49-96 have been replaced by pages 673-720. It’s in good condition, dust jacket etc but I can’t find any information about any other copies like this, any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Laura Massey

      August 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Dear Herb,

      Such printing/ production errors are not unheard of, and we regularly are asked similar questions by other people who own various Harry Potter titles printed upside down, with missing, misplaced or blank pages, etc.
      While a curiosity, such issues do not make the copy particularly valuable or collectable, I am afraid.
      Kind regards,

      Pablo

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  80. Joel

    August 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Hi

    I have two immaculate signed first editions of Deathly Hallows. What are they worth? Do you have any interest in them?

    Thanks

    Joel

    1. Pablo Pico

      August 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      At present we signed copies of Deathly Hallows and do not require any others- thank you.

  81. Mark Johnson

    August 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hi Laura,
    I have a Hard Back copy of ‘Goblet of Fire’ its in almost mint condition with dust cover also in perfect condition.
    1st Edition (2000) but print line is 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22

    Is it worth anything (I paid £1.50)

    Many Thanks
    Mark

    1. Pablo Pico

      August 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Hello. I am afraid it will not be of any meaningful worth. Even first edition first impression copies are of modest value due to the very large first impression print run. Subsequent printings will only be worth what you paid for them.

  82. Catherine

    August 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I think I have a first edition, 20th printing, hardback copy of Prisoner of Azkaban. It contains the follwing printing errors:

    Page 1: A History of Magic, by Adalbert Waffling later corrected to A History of Magic, by Bathilda Bagshot

    Page 36: Anglesea later corrected to Anglesey

    Page 36: BANG later corrected to BANG!

    Page 38: Two weeks holiday later corrected to Three weeks holiday

    Page 92: As a big as a bucket later corrected to As big as a bucket

    Page 147: Droobles later corrected to Drooble’s

    Page 198: Baited breath later corrected to Bated breath

    It is in very fine condition, with the original dust jacket. The only drawback is that it’s original price of £10.99 has been clipped from the dust jacket.

    Could you please tell me how much you would value it at?

  83. stephan

    August 23, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Hi I have a harry potter and the philosophers stone soft cover with the gold shine on some stars and on the words harry potter and also the top of the side and lower bottom of the front page over the word bloomsbury,the number counts down from 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ,it says “first edition published 1997 etc..” And directly under that it says this edition published in 2001 ..I also have soft cover prizoner of azkaban published in 1999 with the numbers 20 19 18 17 16 .. Are these worth much? Thanks in advance

  84. stephan

    August 23, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Btw my prizoner of azkaban copy has all the same wording errors as catherine noted on those pages of the book that was later changed

  85. Chris Birchall

    August 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Hi I have a first edition philosophers stone running from 10 to 1 hard cover in a dust jacket but it says this edition produced for the book people ltd 1998… The authors name states Joanne Rowling, and it is the old picture on the back. Will this be of any worth?
    Thanks

  86. w.franklin

    May 25, 2016 at 8:38 am

    HI, i have a copy of harry potter and the goblet of fire, it is the rarer Mackays printed version, any idea of values ?

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