Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
London: Bloomsbury, 1997. First edition. Paperback issue of the first Harry Potter book. Both paperback and hardback issues of the first impression were published on 26 June 1997. One of 5,150 copies in wrappers, with all the required points of the first impression. A bright, Near Fine copy with minor creases to the wrappers and extremities slightly rubbed. Housed in a red quarter-morocco clamshell case by the Chelsea Bindery.
Harry Potter is the most successful book franchise of all time, with over 500 million copies of the books in print, and with spin-off film and media projects worth billions. The true first edition has been no less meteoric in its rise to the top of collectors' lists for modern books. Copies consistently set new records at auction. "The books' ultimate appeal lies in the universal themes of good triumphing over evil and the importance of love. No matter what age, gender, or race you are, there is something relatable in the Harry Potter series. The series’ large fan following pioneered the way for young adult book series to turn into movie franchises. Harry Potter was among the first, and it remains the most successful to date. Indeed, the series has surpassed any other franchise as a world-wide cultural phenomenon due to the creation of theme parks and real-life quidditch teams, and the great lengths that fans go to in order to show their devotion to the series" (McFadden).
Errington A1(aa); Grolier One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature, 2015, no. 100. Near Fine (Item #5030)