Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Mary GrandPre. Hard Cover. New York: Scholastic Press, 1998. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Mary GrandPré. First American edition, first printing, in a first state dust jacket: spine lacking Year 1, dust jacket priced at $16.95 and with review from The Guardian on the rear panel. Inscribed by Rowling to Barry Goldblatt, friend and colleague of Harry Potter publisher Arthur A. Levine, on verso of front free endpaper: "To Barry / With very best / wishes - / J K Rowling." Publisher's red cloth and purple boards with diamond pattern in blind, lettered in gilt; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by GrandPré, with an illustration of Harry catching the Snitch to the front panel, illustration of Dumbledore and Hedwig to the rear panel, lettered in gilt. About fine, with just some light rubbing to spine ends; tiny crease to head of spine, else fine unclipped dust jacket. Overall, a gorgeous copy with a stellar association. Errington A4(a). First published by Bloomsbury in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series. It introduces both Harry and readers alike to the secret, magical world of wizards and witches in England. Although often regarded as a children's novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone topped adult reading charts in both the United States and the UK. As Michael Winerip praises in his 1999 New York Times review, "like Harry Potter, [Rowling] had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special." This copy is inscribed to Barry Goldblatt, who for eleven years worked in the rights and contracts departments at Dutton Children's Books, Orchard Books, and other major publishing houses. When Scholastic bought Orchard Books in 2000, Goldblatt made a career change and started working as a literary agent specializing in children's and young adult fiction. Goldblatt is a friend of Arthur A. Levine, of Arthur A. Levine Books, the Scholastic imprint that published the Harry Potter books in the US.