Thought you had one of the 500 first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released with a typo? A handful of Zoner’s *may* have one…but there’s way more criteria than 1st thought…

Zoner Julie Clarke thought she had one…so she reached out to the bookstore in London:

Here is the email I received from the bookstore in London that sind the 30 grand one:

A first impression of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone must:  

1)      Be printed by Bloomsbury.

2)      Have a quote from Wendy Cooling at the base of the front cover.  

 3)      Have the numbers 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the reverse of the title-page.

4)   Have a duplication of “1 wand” on the equipment list in Chapter 5 (p.53).

If you have a hardback with all four of these features, you have the rarest edition featured in recent press. 

If you have a hardback edition with the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 (and no repetition of “1 wand” on p.53) then you have the second impression of the first edition, which is still quite collectable.

If you have a paperback with all four of these features, you have the first paperback edition, which is also desirable to collectors but not as valuable as the first or second impression hardback. 

– D. & J.


  1. I have a hardcover copy of the book printed in 2000 but has the typo on page 53. Any idea if it is worth anything?

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