Hard Cover. London: Bloomsbury, 2003. First Edition. Near Fine.
First deluxe edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth, with Jason Cockcroft illustration of a phoenix to front board, lettered and ruled in gilt with facsimile Rowling signature in gilt, all edges gilt. Near fine, with a tiny bump to bottom edge of front board, some light smudge marks to endpapers, and a small nick to upper part of text block fore edge. Overall, a bright and striking example. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix follows Harry and his friends during their fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Just as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) chronicled the regrouping of the Death Eaters and Voldemort's return to power, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tells of the reorganization of the Order of the Phoenix as they prepare for the ultimate battle of good versus evil that they hope will defeat Voldemort once and for all. Notably, while the first four volumes of the series were published within a year of each other, Potter fans had to wait three years for The Order of the Phoenix, and its release was marked with the frenzied anticipation that has come to be associated with the series.