Harry Potter first edition sells for £46,000 at auction
But to have any real collectable value, it has to be a copy of the first edition, first impression also known as the first printing. This means the very first batch of books off the press, of which there were only a few thousand. Harry Potter first edition, softcover issue. First, what do the books look like? The first printing was bound in two different ways. The rarest is the hardback issue, with a cover of laminated boards. Only copies were bound this way, and of those were sent to libraries.
These are external links and will open in a new window. The Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone hardback edition was given to a Lancashire family who planned to keep it as an heirloom. But telephone bids sent the price spiralling and the auctioneer described it as "exquisite" and "a book like no other". Associate director Jim Spencer, from the Stafford auctioneers, said first edition hardbacks of the novel were the "Holy Grail" for collectors because so few were printed. I can't imagine a better copy can be found," he said.
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The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel , it follows Harry Potter , a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday, when he receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry makes close friends and a few enemies during his first year at the school, and with the help of his friends, Harry faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort , who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just 15 months old. The book was first published in the United Kingdom on 26 June by Bloomsbury. It won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. The book reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in August and stayed near the top of that list for much of and It has been translated into at least 73 other languages, and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name , as have all six of its sequels. Most reviews were very favourable, commenting on Rowling's imagination, humour, simple, direct style and clever plot construction, although a few complained that the final chapters seemed rushed.