Rare first edition of and the Philosopher's Stone with misprints ... trends now

Rare first edition of and the Philosopher's Stone with misprints ... trends now
Rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with misprints ... trends now

Rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with misprints ... trends now

A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with several misprints including JK Rowling's name will be auctioned tomorrow starting at £64,000 ($80,000).

Only 500 copies of the debut Harry Potter novel were printed in the first run, with 300 given to libraries and schools and 200 to private parties.

They all contain the same typos, including the words 'one wand' printed twice on a list of items Harry needs for Hogwarts on page 53. JK Rowling's name also appears as 'Joanne Rowling'.

The book, which originally retailed for £10.99, has been consigned by a prominent Harry Potter collector at auctioneers Bonhams New York.

A Bonhams New York spokesperson said: 'This is a first edition, first printing of the book that gave life to the beloved wizard of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone paved the way to Harry Potter mania across the world with six sequels, 500 million copies sold and hit movie adaptations starring Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone paved the way to Harry Potter mania across the world with six sequels, 500 million copies sold and hit movie adaptations starring Daniel Radcliffe

Only 500 copies of the debut Harry Potter novel were printed in the first run, with 300 given to libraries and schools and 200 to private parties

Only 500 copies of the debut Harry Potter novel were printed in the first run, with 300 given to libraries and schools and 200 to private parties

The first edition copies were printed in 1997 and they all contain the same 'typos'- including author JK Rowling receiving the credit Joanne

The first edition copies were printed in 1997 and they all contain the same 'typos'- including author JK Rowling receiving the credit Joanne

The first editions have massively gained in value over the years and the world record price for a mint first edition is £356,000

The first editions have massively gained in value over the years and the world record price for a mint first edition is £356,000

'It has created a cultural phenomenon that continues today.'

Darren Sutherland, senior specialist in fine books and manuscripts, added: 'There were only 500 total hard covers of the first edition produced, and most of those were for libraries so are not in private hands.

'This copy is from the collection of Dale Bullard, who collected a variety of Harry Potter materials, including many different issues, complete sets, as well as the wider field of Potteriana.'

In June 2022, two sisters who were gifted a first edition 25 years ago sold their copy for a British record £220,800.

The world record price paid for a first edition is a staggering £356,000, which was achieved in Dallas, US, in December 2021.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold over 120million copies to date. It paved the way for Harry Potter mania across the world with six sequels, 500 million copies sold and hit movie adaptations starring Daniel Radcliffe.

One error is 'one wand' being printed twice on a list of items Harry needs for Hogwarts on page 53

One error is 'one wand' being printed twice on a list of items Harry needs for Hogwarts on page 53

The sale will take place on Wednesday. 

How can you spot a true Harry Potter first edition? 

Only around 500 first edition copies of JK Rowling's first Harry Potter novel were printed, with 300 sent to schools and libraries.

Like this anonymous seller's copy, a true first edition is laden with a specific series of errors.

Past stating it is a 'first edition, first impression' from no later

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