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How to tell if you have a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

The hardcover first, edition first printings was released in 1997 and only 500 were published and 300 went to libraries. 


  • First edition first printing are a print line that reads "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1"
  • Crediting of "Joanne Rowling" not J.K.
  • The publisher must be listed as Bloomsbury at the bottom of the title page
  • Turn to page 53 and see if "1 wand" appears twice in the list of things Harry should bring to Hogwarts.




Do you have a first edition? Have you looked around to try and find one? We'd l ove to hear your stories.

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