First Edition, First Printing of J.K. Rowling's Rare First Book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Signed by Her
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Item Number: 15095
London: Bloomsbury, 1997.
First Edition, first printing with all the prerequisite first issue points called for (including “wand” listed twice on page 53). Octavo, original illustrated boards, without a dust jacket as issued. Inscribed by J.K. Rowling on the half title page and also inscribed by the illustrator, Cliff Wright. Light browning to the page edges and light rubbing to the spine, erasure marks to the front free endpaper, name on rear endpaper, otherwise near fine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Only 500 copies of the first printing were published, with over half making their way to libraries. A very sharp example.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. The writing has been compared to that of Jane Austen, one of Rowling's favourite authors, or Roald Dahl, whose works dominated children's stories before the appearance of Harry Potter, and of the Ancient Greek story-teller Homer. It has been translated into several languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name.