Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone by J.K.
Identifying First Edition Points of Issue
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K.
Rowling - First edition points of issue.
Date Published: July 1997
Copyright Page: Has the statement
First Edition and a full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1,
subsequent editions drop a number but keep the statement First
First Edition Total Publication: Disputed
some believe 350 hard covers and 150 paperback proofs,
Publisher states 500 hard covers and 150 paperback proofs.
First Edition Points of Issue: The
First Edition has the full number line of 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
1 on the copyright page, and was issued
without a dust jacket. It has illustrated
boards by Thomas Taylor. This illustration was carried
onto a dust jacket that was issued starting with the third
Size: 8 1/4 x 5 1/2
Bound: Hard cover with illustrated
boards, no dust jacket.
Dedication: For Jessica, who loves
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first.
Limited or Special Editions:
First Deluxe Cover
Collectors Deluxe Edition: Published by
Bloomsbury, November 1999, 12,000 copies published. First
edition has a full number line of 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 printed
on the copyright page. Red cloth boards, no dust jacket
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by
Rowling Identifying First Edition Points of
First US Trade Edition Cover
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US First Edition: This book was released in
the US (after the UK edition) as Harry Potter and the
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
Location: New York, NY
Binding: Red cloth spine with purple boards
with an embossed diamond pattern.
Original List Price: $16.95
Points of Issue: The copyright page has a
full number line of “1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02”. and
"Printed in the U.S.A. 23", "First American edition,
October 1998." Please Note that there are book club
editions on the market with the correct number sequence on the
copyright page, but they are in plain black boards. The
First American Edition statement is on later printings as well
so the cover pattern and full number line are the key
The dust jacket back has a white bar code field with two bar
codes, the smaller bar code states "51695". The dust jacket
back has a single quote from the Guardian saying “Harry Potter
could assume the near-legendary status of Ronald Dahl's
Charlie, of chocolate factory fame.” Later issue dust jackets
have a substitute quote from Publishers Weekly.
There is no volume number on the spine of the dust jacket,
and the lettering is slightly raised. The book club edition
dust jacket is readily identifiable, in that the lettering
is not raised and does not have the price on the dust
jacket or the corresponding number over the bar code.
Description: Harry Potter has no idea how
famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable
aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's
really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything
changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for
wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his
illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted
by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful
faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep
inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his
own noble destiny.
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