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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Identifying First Edition Points of Issue

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover

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 Sorcerer's Stone.

ISBN: 9781122465199

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Press

Location: New York, NY

Copyright: 1998 - number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02

First Edition Total Publication: Unknown

Binding: Red cloth spine with purple boards with an embossed diamond pattern.

Original List Price: $16.95

Pages: 309

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 identifying points.

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.

Total copies sold (as of January 2002, according to Publishers Weekly): 16,709,111
Total hardcover copies: 5,977,304
Total trade paperback copies: 9,131,807
Total mass market paperback copies: 1,500,000

A film version of Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone was released in 2001 by Warner Bros. It was directed by Chris Columbus, written by Steven Kloves (with extensive aid from J.K. Rowling), and starred Daniel Radcliffe as the title character.

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