SF frikilife.com: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / J. K. Rowling ☆☆☆☆Since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in , many publishers have created new editions of each book with new cover art provided by various illustrators. Bloomsbury is the British publication that has created both adult and children's covers. The adult edition usually depicts an object or place that plays a key part in the plot while the children's one features a major event in the book. Bloomsbury have commissioned many illustrators to design the cover. In , they had woodcut artist Andrew Davidson create new cover art for the paperback adult edition. Other artists commissioned by Bloomsbury to create full set of covers include Clare Melinsky and Jonny Duddle. The original covers by American publisher Scholastic usually depict an amalgam of objects and people from the book against a common backdrop.
35 Harry Potter Covers (Including the New Ones!)
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Real talk: I love the new covers. I even like the new title font. These covers remind me a bit of The Magic Tree House books. For a quick refresher course, here are the other new covers that recently came out from Scholastic. I love these covers, too. I cannot decide which set is more gorgeous. First we have the classic original covers, the ones that graced the books when most of us first read them which I still love and think are some of the best Harry Potter book covers.
The main characteristics of a first edition first issue are a print line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the crediting of "Joanne Rowling", not JK. Prices for later editions in good condition are in three figures. In , JK Rowling was still a jobbing author rather than a worldwide superstar richer than the Queen, so there are a reasonable number of signed first editions available from her book tour signings. Deluxe editions can be priced in four figures if signed. 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. However second printings can be picked up for three figures.