Christie’s offers a rare first edition of the book “Harry Potter” in private sale

A first edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, with some errors and signed by author JK Rowling, goes on private sale at Christie’s in London, the auction house offering bids from 250 $000 (£200,000).

The publication is one of 500 hardcover copies of the book that were printed in a first print run in 1997. Three hundred of them were sent to libraries.

The one sold by Christie’s, as part of its upcoming “The Art of Literature: Loan and Sale Exhibition“, is among the other 200.

A rare original edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” signed by British author JK Rowling. Credit: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

“There were a few things they seemed to get wrong in the production of the book,” Mark Wiltshire, print book specialist and co-curator of “The Art of Literature” exhibition, told Reuters.

“On the back cover, for example, philosophers, which of course is a key word… is misspelled ‘philosphers’, that ‘o’ that second ‘o’ is missing. Also on page 53, in the list of items that students are asked to take with them to Hogwarts, “a wand” is repeated twice.”

The back cover of a first edition of

The back cover of a first edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by British author JK Rowling will go up for sale for an upcoming Christie’s auction. Credit: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

While Rowling was unknown at the time, the book about the magical world of witches and wizards became a huge hit around the world, spawning an entire series and a massive film franchise.

“In many ways, this book is the physical manifestation of a magical memory for so many people and that’s what makes it so desirable,” Wiltshire said.

Christies”literature artThe event is open to the public from June 7-15.

Top image: Rare book scholar and curator Mark Wiltshire poses with a rare first edition at Christie’s auction house in London on May 31, 2022.

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