Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.London: Bloomsbury, 1997 Stock Code: 135240
NotesFirst edition, first impression, paperback issue, inscribed by the author "To Paul, Best Wishes, J K Rowling" on half-title and dated "18/3/98". Rowling signed this copy during a school visit in Wales for a young boy who had been given the book as a present by his aunt.
This is one of 5,150 copies in wrappers, with all the requisite points of the first printing: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, the list of equipment on p. 53 with "1 wand" appearing twice in the list, and the misprint "Philospher's" on the back cover. It was published simultaneously with the casebound issue of 500 copies. This copy with the "1997 Gold Award Smarties Book Prize" sticker to front cover.
Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers, titles to front cover in yellow, white and dark green, titles to spine yellow, white and black. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Ink ownership inscription reading "Paul Heath, 5 Perkins" to front pastedown. Spine sunned, laminate lifting at edges, mostly to front cover, light toning and spotting; a fair copy.
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