Hard Cover. London: Bloomsbury, 1997. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing (number line 10 to 1). One of only 500 copies. Publisher's pictorial boards illustrated by Thomas Taylor, with yellow, black, and white lettering, young wizard to rear panel. About near fine book with some mild wear to the spine ends and the corners, light scattered bubbling to the coating of the rear panel and spine, and very slight lean to the spine. An excellent copy of the exceptionally scarce true first British edition of the first Harry Potter novel. First published in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter heptalogy. It introduces both Harry and readers alike to the secret, magical world of witches and wizards in Great Britain. It also sets the stage for the six subsequent novels by familiarizing readers with the villainous Lord Voldemort and how his and Harry's fates are inevitably intertwined. Although often regarded as a children's novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone topped adult reading charts in the UK, and in the United States, where it was published under the alternate title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Notably, the first printing of this book in hardcover format is exceedingly rare; only 500 copies were printed, of which about 300 ended up in libraries. Despite its small print run, the book was an immediate success, and went through dozens of print runs within the first few years after publication.