1st Edition Harry Potter Books products for sale | eBayThe 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.
Harry Potter first editions
Is my Harry Potter book valuable?
The book was kept in pristine condition in a locked briefcase for 20 years, reports the BBC. Hansons Auctioneers in Staffordshire, in the West Midlands of England, said four phone bidders, as well as internet bidders, helped boost the book from its estimated selling point. The family who sold the book had planned to keep it as an heirloom and had kept it safe in a briefcase. Just copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were initially printed when it was published in Hansons book expert Jim Hanson told the Birmingham Mail he "couldn't believe the condition" of the auctioned book, saying its quality was "almost like the day it was made. I can't imagine a better copy can be found.
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.