The HARSH Facts About The 'Harry Potter' Book You Think Is Worth $30K
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.