Complete Set of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series, Including the Rare First Issue of Philosopher's Stone
Complete Set of Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows.
Item Number: 38080
London: Bloomsbury, 1997-2007.
First editions of each book in Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Octavo, 7 volumes. All are first issues, including the first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The copyright page has the full print number string 1 through 10 and has the Wendy Cooling quote at the base of the front board. Also shows the young Wizard to the rear board and the misprint on page 53 with ‘wand’ appearing twice on Harry’s shopping list for Diagon Alley. In excellent condition that shows some light rubbing to the boards and some slight toning to the spine. Volumes 2-6 are all first editions and are fine in fine dust jackets. Each volume is signed by J.K. Rowling and each are housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable.
Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, on 26 June 1997, the books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. The books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into seventy-three languages. The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final installment selling roughly eleven million copies in the United States within twenty-four hours of its release. The Harry Potter series has been recognized by a host of awards since the initial publication of Philosopher's Stone including four Whitaker Platinum Book Awards (all of which were awarded in 2001), three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes (1997–1999), two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards (1999 and 2001), the inaugural Whitbread children's book of the year award (1999), the WHSmith book of the year (2006), among others. In 2000, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and in 2001, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won said award. Honors include a commendation for the Carnegie Medal (1997), a short listing for the Guardian Children's Award (1998), and numerous listings on the notable books, editors' Choices, and best books lists of the American Library Association, The New York Times, Chicago Public Library, and Publishers Weekly. Also the basis for the eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). The series was mainly produced by David Heyman, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as the three leading characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.