Hard Cover. London: Bloomsbury, 2005. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's pictorial paper-covered boards with Jason Cockroft's illustration of Harry and Dumbledore brandishing their wands; in the matching pictorial dust jacket. A near fine copy with a slight lean to spine and a few faint marks to top edge of text block, spine foot bumped; in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to extremities, particularly to bottom edge around spine foot where the jacket is beginning to peel, faint damp stain to top edge of spine and rear panel, only noticeable on the verso. Overall, an attractive copy. Errington A(13)a. 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.