Inscribed first US edition, first printing of the first book in the Harry Potter series, with the slightly altered title (from "Philosopher's" to "Sorcercer's") and the vivid illustrations by Mary GrandPré.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
"The call to illustrate the Potter books came, [GrandPré] says, 'like any call. 'It's about a boy with magical powers,' David Saylor [of Scholastic] told me,' she recalls. Then he sent me a huge manuscript. My schedule was packed, so I called him to tell him I didn't have time. But he talked me into it." – 2003 interview with Mary GrandPré
The Harry Potter series, about a boy who goes to a wizard school, has been the biggest literary phenomenon of our lifetime. The books remain formative for millions, including the many readers who reject Rowling's transphobic statements. The true first edition of the hardcover PHILOSOPHER'S STONE is notoriously rare, with only a few hundred copies printed. Due to the strength of the forgery market, Rowling signatures are justifiably suspect: inscribed copies, like this one, are therefore more desirable. This is an excellent example of her early signature.
Read more: "Mary's Magic," Sarasota Magazine, 1 November 2003; Errington, J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography, A4(a).
(New York): Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Press, (1998). 9'' x 6''. Original quarter red cloth, purple paper boards, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($16.95) color pictorial dust jacket with art by GrandPré; blurb from The Guardian on rear panel, no "Year 1" box on spine. Dark green endpapers. Illustrated throughout in black and white by Grandpré. Complete number line (to 1) on copyright page. viii, 309, ,  pages. Housed in custom quarter red goatskin clamshell box. Inscribed by Rowling in black ink on blank facing title page: "To ___ / with best wishes / JK Rowling." Book corners lightly bumped; a touch of wear to spine ends of jacket. Overall clean and tight.
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