Rare first edition of Harry Potter book up for auction in Chiswick for £30K

Images above: Lot 109 from Chiswick Auctions – a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling’s first book set in her wizarding world, will be auctioned on Thursday (27 January) at Chiswick Auctions. It is expected to fetch £30,000.

The book is one of the most sought-after books in the world, as only 500 were printed in the first run, 300 of which were sent to schools and children’s libraries. Hardcover first editions of the first Harry Potter book are characterised by a print line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and credits ‘Joanne Rowling’ instead of ‘JK Rowling’.

This copy is being sold by a private owner who has been in possession of the book since it was bought in 1997. It is described as having ‘a faint crease’ to its back cover and ‘very light just visible wear to cover edges’.

Standard first editions sell for anything between thousands and £20 depending on their condition and the print run. You can also get as much as £1,800 for first editions of the 1999 deluxe edition and early versions of the Australian and US print runs (where it’s called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – printed in 1998).

The auction house is also selling a collection of children’s books including a signed copy of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and a signed copy of Newt Scamander: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which are each expected to fetch around £700.

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