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ROWLING, J. K.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Bloomsbury, 1999

Stock Code: 128863

£7,500
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, "To Susan, with lots of love Jo x JK Rowling". This is a superb association: the recipient, Susan Sladden, was a close friend of Rowling's in Edinburgh who enabled her to finish the Philosopher's Stone by babysitting her daughter Jessica. After her divorce, Rowling had returned to the UK with her daughter and three chapters of Harry Potter, and decided to give her writing one serious try, thinking she might never again have the opportunity. She moved to Edinburgh to be near her sister and attended a local Church of Scotland congregation, where she met Susan Sladden. An elderly woman who had never married, "we were not 'dead certs' for friendship" Rowling recalled, but Sladden became an invaluable friend to her. Rowling was new to the city, and had no friends and no-one to look after her daughter: her sister worked full-time, her mother had died several years previously, and she was ineligible for state-funded childcare. "The elderly woman would take care of Jessica for an afternoon and encourage Rowling to get out a little, kick up her heels, see an art show, do some window shopping. Instead, Rowling would find an empty table at a coffee shop and work on Harry Potter" (Charmed, I'm Sure). Rowling subsequently dedicated Goblet of Fire to Sladden.

PROVENANCE: from Sladden to her neighbours who helped care for her. In a nice piece of synchronicity, it is interesting to note that Sladden's house number was four.

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Description

Octavo. Original pictorial boards. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Tiny mark to fore edge, else a fine copy in the jacket with hint of sunning to spine.

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