Jason Cockcroft. Hard Cover. London: Bloomsbury, 2005. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's pictorial boards with blue, green, and white lettering, Harry and Dumbledore in a ring of fire to front panel, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft; in its original, identically designed dust jacket. Near fine book, with two tiny bumps to top edge of front board, a very gentle lean to spine, and a couple of tiny nicks to fore edge of text block; near fine unclipped dust jacket, with tiny price stamp to rear panel, and very light dampstaining to upper portion of jacket verso. Overall, an excellent example. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series and accordingly addresses many of the mysteries of the wizarding world that enshrouded the first five novels. Specifically, the novel explores how the orphaned Tom Riddle transformed into the Dark Lord and how Voldemort was able to survive despite being hit by his own death spell. In his sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry works with Professor Dumbledore to prepare for his final showdown with Voldemort - a battle of good versus evil that will determine the fate of the wizarding and muggle worlds alike. Notably, The Half-Blood Prince is significantly darker than the series' preceding novels and sets the stage for its final installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.