I own a rare Harry Potter book!

Rare first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

See the space between the words “burnt” and “so much”….ooops

Yes, it’s true.  Today I discovered that my hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which I bought for $1 about six years ago, is a rare first edition.

That’s because the printers discovered there were two printing errors in the first 500 to 750 copies of the first edition and they stopped the presses, made the corrections and then continued with the first edition run.

My book is one of those 500 to 750 books!

abebooks.com writes: “The initial hardcover print run was stopped mid-printing after it was discovered that ‘Joanne Rowling’ rather than ‘JK Rowling’ had been printed on the copyright page. Joanne versions are available for prices starting at around £1,500 and go up to $12,000 for signed pristine copies. First edition first printings will have the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and a block of misaligned text on page seven. Opinions about the number of copies printed before the errors were spotted vary greatly – however, it seems that only a small number came off the press which greatly enhances its value.”

I bought the book off the Auckland City Council’s ‘For Sale’ trolley for $1. The trolley is where unread and damaged books go when the library makes space for new books.

Sadly my book is not in mint condition. The dustjacket is covered in plastic (which can be removed), it has a library sticker on the back of the DJ and the base of the spine, a name on the name page and library stamps on the back page. A few loose pages have been taped back. But it’s still one of the few first edition books that carries the two printing errors.

 

HP of value (info off STUFF website):

Top of the heap
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover illustration: Harry standing by a train.

Next best thing
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Softback (in wrappers)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover illustration: Harry standing by a train.

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover illustration: Harry and Ron in a flying car.

Somewhat valuable:
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Hardback
Publisher: Scholastic
But: Only if it’s not the American Book Club edition.

Maybe a little bit valuable:
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, or Prisoner of Azkaban
Publisher: Ted Smart.

Not that valuable at all:
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows. 
These were printed in massive numbers, so aren’t worth too much unless you have a signed copy or a deluxe edition.

Joanne Rowling should have been JK Rowling

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3 Responses to I own a rare Harry Potter book!

  1. Jeyna Grace says:

    If only it was in good condition, imagine how much it might fetch in the future!

  2. Jim Karr says:

    CONTACT HA.COM – HERITAGE AUCTIONS IN DALLAS, TX. JIM

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