Grandpré, Mary. Hard Cover. New York: Scholastic Press, 1999. First American Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Mary GrandPré. First American edition, first printing. Publisher's quarter purple cloth and teal paper-covered boards stamped in a repeating diamond patter, lettered in metallic green to spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by GrandPré with her illustration of Harry and Hermione riding Buckbeak to front board, decoratively lettered in metallic green. A fine copy; in an about fine dust jacket with just a touch of creasing to top edge. Overall, a beautiful example of the third book in Rowling's famous Harry Potter series. A pivotal novel in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban was published before the series reached the level of popularity and cult following that it has today, but still managed to reach critical acclaim. In his third year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter and his friends search for the villainous outlaw Sirius Black after his escape from the wizard prison Azkaban. Unlike the first two books in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban does not end with a cut-and-dry triumph over evil, but rather begins to pose the question of how media portals and popular perception affect whether someone is considered good or bad- a notion that will reoccur and becoming increasingly central to the story line as the series progresses.