Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

London: Bloomsbury, 1997.

The start of the series that has surpassed any other franchise as a world-wide cultural phenomenon

(Item #6061) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

London: Bloomsbury, 1997. First edition. First impression of the preferred hardcover issue, with all the requisite points: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, and in the list of equipment on page 51 "1 wand" appearing twice, "Philospher's" typo on the rear board. Original matte laminated boards without a jacket. A Fine copy, appearing unfaded and unread. No names or markings internally. A clean sharp copy. Only 500 copies of the first printing of Philosopher's Stone were issued in this hardback format, of which more than half were taken by libraries and rendered undesirable for collectors. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell case.

Harry Potter is the most successful book franchise of all time, with over 600 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(a); Grolier, Children's 100, 100.
Fine (Item #6061)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

"There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."

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