Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone WITH Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by Rowling, J[oanne] K.
London: Bloomsbury, 1997-1998. STONE First edition, fourth printing CHAMBER First edition, seventh printing. Hardcover. Near fine. PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. First edition, fourth printing. Octavo. 223 pages: binder's blank, half-title-page, title page, dedication page, 7 8-223, binder's blank. Bound in original pictorial boards, in pictorial dust-wrapper. With the usual light toning to the margins of the text-block. Else fine in a fine dust-wrapper. Signed by Rowling on the dedication page. Errington A1(a). CHAMBER OF SECRETS. First edition, seventh printing. Octavo. 255 pages: binder's blank, half-title-page, title-page, dedication page, 7 8-251, acclaim and fan-letters in facsimile (4 pages), binder's blank. Bound in original pictorial boards, in pictorial dust-wrapper. A very good copy, with slight bumping to the crown and heel of the boards, the usual light toning of the text block, and a dust-wrapper with a little wear to the corners of the folds, some wear to crown and heel, and a small 3/8" tear, mostly closed, to the top and lower rear at the spine. Signed by Rowling on the first free end paper. Errington A2(a).The first printing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone consisted of 500 copies in pictorial boards, and 5150 in identical pictorial wraps, both of which were published simultaneously on 26 June 1997. Nigel Newton, CEO of Bloomsbury, noted "that you would sell 500 hardcovers of any good book to public libraries so that edition would be aimed at them. The general edition for the market would be paperback." This also explains why the first two printings were issued without a dust-wrapper; the third printing, as many dealers have noted, was the first with one; Errington is silent on the question of dust-wrappers. The fourth printing is textually identical to the first with a single exception: on p. 53, Harry's shopping list originally contained "1 wand" twice; this duplicate was removed after the first printing. This fourth printing also consisted of only 500 copies. Since the first edition of 1997, there have followed eighteen editions 1998–2015. (Recent figures suggest 120 million copies of the Philosopher's Stone, and approximately 500 million copies of all of Rowling's titles have been sold in 68 languages to date, now making her the bestselling author in history.) The first edition of the first in the series of Rowling's seven tales of the boy wizard is perhaps the most consequential children's book of the twentieth century. This is not to malign Alice or Pooh or the Hungry Caterpillar, of course. The cultural impact of Potter — films, theater and amusement parks, to say nothing of the merchandise of various stripes — is peerless. All flows from this item. Rowling's signature — note that she essentially no longer signs books for individuals, but only for charitable purposes — transforms the present item into a vital kernel of the Harry Potter universe. As the letter of provenance (included with the item) attests, our item was signed by Rowling at an event at Waterstone's in London in 1998 — presumably around the time of the publication of the second volume. Fiction
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