RARE BOOK GUIDE - THE RUNNERS, THE RIDERS & THE ODDS

08 August 2007

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense..."





J. K. Rowling. HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. Bloomsbury, London 1997. ISBN 0747532699

Current Selling Prices
$20000+ / £10000+



SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM (Blue bit) for how to value a copy.

CHILDREN'S BOOK.
A publishing wonder and a book that made reading books OK again amongst kids. For that reason alone JK is a Goddess. Hallowed be her name. It also made her about ten times richer than Madonna. Madonna retaliated by writing her own forgettable children's books. The whole Potter collecting euphoria took off around one trendy Brit dealer on ebay who had sagaciously stockpiled a few boxes of Rowling and a fat packet of genuine Rowling signed Bloomsbury bookplates and started achieving startling results just post millennium. When a Philosopher's Stone hit $15K+, everybody piled in to buy, sell and bid. Issued in illustrated laminated boards and it has no d/w, states first edition and must have 10987654321 on verso of title. Publisher has stated that only 500 were printed and many of those went to libraries, so it is always going to be a difficult book to find and will be collected until Kingdom Come.

I was offered a signed copy of this a few years ago and negotiated a fattish sum for it; however the deal fell through when the sellers father bought the book - to keep it in the family. Kind of frustrating. The chap selling used the money for a deposit on a flat. He had worked in a new bookshop. It turned out many copies of this book came from bookshop workers who had kept copies seeing the incipient phenomenom at first hand. One wily dealer even started advertising for the book in 'The Bookseller' - the organ of the new book trade. Another tiresome one was a jolly chap with a host of signed copies presented to him. He wanted to buy a house with the money. Have you seen house prices recently in this benighted island?


VALUE? Once the book started to get established 5 figure sterling results up market dealers began dealing the book and it appeared at book fairs on the same shelf as firsts of Utopia and Moby Dick. A dealer in LA bought a copy for £18000 in auction 2003, possibly for some star's offspring and in 2004 a copy made nearly £19000 at Bloomsbury Auctions. It hasn't really gone on at all since then and may have flatlined, or even dropped a few percentage points. However every time a new HP appears prices tend to perk up. The US edition ('Sorcerer's Stone') can fetch about $1500 or more (correct number line on copyright page of "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02," followed by "Printed in the U.S.A.23" and "First American edition, October 1998", the cloth binding has purple diamond embossed boards and a red spine, "Harry Potter" appears in raised gold lettering on the front panel of jacket; jacket has price of $16.95 on upper corner of the front flap; the numbers "51695" are found above the smaller barcode to the right side.) The first UK paperback is a nice thing to find - with dealers asking £2K+. It is exactly the same as the first hardback just bound up with paper covers. I need hardly add the caveat, don't buy signed Rowlings without provenance (a badly printed certificate of authentication is no good) fakes abound. (Jan/07) [ W/Q *** ]

STOP PRESS. Bloomsbury, the great book auction house in Mayfair just had a bit of a result with a classy signed Rowling -- I quote their publicity release:-
Bloomsbury Auctions set another world record

At the sale on the 24 May 2007, Bloomsbury Auctions set another record with a signed first edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Intense bidding in the room and on the telephone pushed the final price to a staggering £27,370 (inc. premium).

The lucky recipient was a private overseas buyer who has obtained a unique presentation copy inscribed 'To David - with best wishes JK Rowling' with the 1 on the number line circled with an additional identification indicating 1st Edition. This was a fantastic result for Bloomsbury and shows that the popularity of the young wizard continues.


More 2007 Results. I can find 3 copies in this sad year of the last Rowling/ Potter- in chronological order at Bloomsbury in April a copy described thus- "... first edition , very light minor browning to the extreme margins, no inscriptions, original boards, very slightly cocked, slightly bumped at upper corners and spine ends, small abrasions to corners near head of spine, light abrading to the thin surface laminate at fore-edge of lower cover, otherwise a very good copy..." made £12495

At Dominic Winter a copy described thus "...a few leaves faintly creased to top outer corner, ms. ownership name to front free endpaper, orig. pictorial boards, sl. rubbed at corners and spine ends..." made £8460

At Bonham's a copy described thus -"... first edition, ownership label inside upper cover, publisher's pictorial boards, slightly rubbed at extremities..." made £9000.

Go figure, but bear in mind these are not books many people are sitting on -every major Children's sale has one. On the other hand there are a finite number out there, condition is king and hope spring's eternal. As for finding one remember the words of Cadillac Jack 'anything can be anywhere' - one turned up at a little bookshop attached to a stately home. Because it was a hardback it was a £1.



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Caveat Emptor! AUSTRALIAN FIRST EDITIONS ARE OF MODEST VALUE AND QUITE COMMON. If Australia is mentioned on back of title page as place of printing do not book a holiday in the Bahamas! Canada is also bad news.American editions are worth significantly less than UK ones.CHECK ABEBOOKS.COM

Last thing--you have to have 10987654321 to get lift off with this book and the date 1997 and no later date, a dust jacket is impossible because it didn't have one and don't neglect first edition 10987654321 paperbacks from 1997 - they too are valuable.


For Current Values - CHECK ABEBOOKS.COM All questions are answered there -type Rowling in the author field, type Stone in the title field, type Bloomsbury in publisher field, then choose highest price, hit search and from the results work down from there. The prices at the very top are generally excessive, over the top and way too much.

Generally speaking anything after a fourth edition is very mediocre, fourth and third are modestly worthwhile and occasionally some punter on ebay pays too much for one but you need 10987654321 or at least 1098765432 and it must be 1997 and not Australian or Canadian. See also all the comments below which answer every edition question in the known universe.

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Anonymous said...

my harry potter and the philosopher's stone book has the code ISBN 0 7475 3269 9 and the code at the bottom of the page is just the number 30. Also tha man on the back is young and has short brown hair. It also says that Harry Potter was saved by an owl. How much aproximately is this worth?

Bookride said...

The 30 is not good at all, indicating a late reprint by which time JK was rolling in it. Value possibly in single figure, condolences. N

Anonymous said...

I have a hardback copy of the Philosophers stone. It is a 5th print by Bloomsbury. i.e. has the line 1098765. Can you please tell me how much it is worth?
Thanks

Bookride said...

Not good news being a fifth but might work on ebay to a neophyte collector, check bookfinder.com to see what others charge and halve the lowest price to find possible cash value. Good luck and good to hear from thee. N

Anonymous said...

My Harry Potter and the Philosiphers Stone book has the man with short brown hair (thought to represent Nichlolas Flammel) on the back and it also says that Harry is rescued by an owl in the blurb. The ISBN number of this paperback is : 0747532745 and at the bottom of the page it has the line of numbers: 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 I wonder if you could tell me wether this is one of the first editions and also wether what the value it would be? kindest reguards, H.

Bookride said...

32nd edition sorry v low value indeed. N

Anonymous said...

I know this is for The Philosophers Stone, but i have a first edition hard book Order of The Pheonix book. Any idea of how much it is worth? thanks.

Bookride said...

The Order of the Phoenix -- you can buy decent firsts of the UK or US at abebooks.com for less than £10 or $20-- a careful shopper might get both for that. These are true firsts in fab condition. Sorry it's not more-- JK was world famous by then--you need to go bak to the 20th century for the good ones! Cheers/ N

Anonymous said...

First print run was 6000 copies in paperback, the hardback is the second issue bound up from sheets of the paperback

Anonymous said...

Hi
I was wondering if you could please value my Harry Potter and the Philosopher stone hardback book?
Bloomsbury - not Ted Smart Large Print etc
1997 hardback
Fairly good however it does have a couple of nicks from the base and a name written on the inside cover. Otherwise it is clean with fairly un-yellowed pages.
It is a 4th edition 10987654.
Unfortunatly no signiture.
Thanks

Bookride said...

You don't mention a jacket, you sort of need that with it and in nice nick people ask (but seldom get) a few hundred quids,without it is not an easy sale - it might work on an off day on ebay but basically it is of very modest value and with nicks and a name (not a signature) you couldn't buy a bicycle but maybe the pump and a repair kit. Nigel

However DO check prices on abebooks.com however and you can drive yourself barmy with a young wizard asking £950 there for a fourth--a price he may get when the moon is blue and hell has frozen over...

Anonymous said...

Hi
I have a copy of the Chamber of Secrets with the number line 10987654321. It s a hardback edition by bloomsbury, not Ted Smart etc.
It is in very good condition with some mino corner bending. Other than that it is a clean copy.
Could you please give me an idea of its value?
Thanks

Bookride said...

http://www.bookride.com/2007/04/jk-rowling-harry-potter-and-chamber-of.html deals with this

You need a jacket too (and a very nice one) but the number line is good, you have quite a prize. Good luck -- Nigel

Anonymous said...

Hi
Just thought i would let you know that i managed to sell my Harry Potter book, (the 4th edition one i contacted you about a little while back) on eBay for £110. Not quite the £950 but still quite a price considering i only bought it for £5!!

Bookride said...

Re 4th ed--Brilliant! I am happy for you, given condition that is a real result. Well done...N

Anonymous said...

Hi
I have just unearthed my old set of Harry Potter books after hearing about the one above selling for nearly £30000. One i looked inside each book i nearly had a heart attack. Each of the first four books has the number line 1098764321 or the words First edition. Unfortunatly on closer inspection i realised these were the deluxe editions which i believe are fairly unvaluable. Am i right in thinking this? Each book is brand new and unread and the 3rd book states Joanne Rowling which i believe is an error. Could you please tell me whether i am write in thinking these are not very valuable or have i just uncovered a my retirement fund?
THanks

mugwort the appraiser said...

Check abebooks.com or this blog at Chamber of Secrets to get the lowdown on the de luxes, they are pricy but worth about a thirtith or less of a Signed presentation from the author of the first book.

Anonymous said...

I have what I think are first editions of the Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets; the numbers/laminated boards/dust jackets indicate towards beign first editions. Can you advise where they might be sold?

Bookride said...

If they are UK eds with all the 10987654321 points and not de luxe editions please email address on blog page (or below)-- we buy and sell books, in fact come to think of it that's how I make my living... charingx@anyamountofbooks.com
Nigel

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Anonymous said...

I have a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with the following numbers printed above "Printed in the USA 37": 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 and 9/9 0/0 01 02. It also says "First American edition, October 1998". It does have the purple cover with raised diamonds and red binding. Can you tell me approximately how much it is worth? Please email me at tathompson29@hotmail.com

Barbara said...

I have a first edition matching the numbers you listed, bar code number, etc. It is signed by JK Rowling--done at a Denver, Colorado bookstore, although I have nothing to prove that. Of course, I didn't know what I had (I didn't even realize it was signed when I first brought it home) so it has my name written in it and a bit of water damage on the spine and jacket (the color on the spine bled to the inside of the jacket along one edge), but is otherwise in very good shape.

First off--how would I authenticate the signature? Second question of course--value?

Bookride said...

I imagine this is the US ed and the signature without authentication is problematic, also damp staining is not brilliant but you have something -- check prices at abebooks.com

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Wondering if you can help value my Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone book. Publishing and copyright dates are both 1997, 6th print. Its a paperback with the price in pounds. Ps it was lamenated and is in excellent condition. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

ive got a hard back one with the isbn 0 7475 3269 9. its got a paper cover unfortunately a name in the front but it counts down from 10 to 1. is this worth anything.

Bookride said...

6th printing guy--not very much, sorry

secondly immediately above how does a hardback have a papercover unless you mean a jacket in which case you may have the Australian (look for 'Printed in Australia) in which case it's right but quite common -- again check abebooks.com

Anonymous said...

yeah your right it is an australian copy with a paper sleeve. so it isnt worth much?

molly said...

I am trying to find out if my copy of the Sorcerer's Stone is a first edition.

copyright page numbers: 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02
Printed: in the U.S.A. 23
First American Edition, October 1998

Spine: top reads J.K.
Rowling

Bottom has a little house with no number inside

Hard cover is purple/red with diamond shapes

Back of book jacket: top reads: "Harry Potter
could assume the same near-legendary status as
Roald Dahl's Charlie, of chocolate factory fame."
- The Guardian, London

Lower left corner on back jacket: cream colored bar code with 51695 above small bar code

Front of book jacket: all gold lettering is raised
price is clipped off the inside corner

Is this a first edition?

the mild and charitable appraiser said...

Here are all of the first issue points: both the spine of the book and the spine of the dust jacket list "J.K. Rowling"; the review on the back of the dust jacket is by The Guardian; it has the correct number line on the copyright page ("1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02"), followed by "Printed in the U.S.A. 23" and "First American edition, October 1998"; the binding has purple diamond embossed boards and red spine cloth; "Harry Potter" appears in raised gold lettering on the front panel of the dust jacket; the dust jacket has price is $16.95 (on upper corner of the front flap); the barcodes on the rear panel of the dust jacket have a white background, and the numbers "51695" are present above the smaller barcode. You have it and should get $1000 or a bit more if it is a sharp copy and the jacket is blameless...

suzanne said...

In March 1998 my daughter's school hosted J K Rowling for the day, my daughter came home with the H P & the Philosopher's Stone £4.99 paperback inscribed
"17/3/98
To Hannah
(a palindrome is a word that reads the same way backwards as forwards)
J. K. Rowling"

ISBN 0 7475 3274 5 paperback, with the number at the bottom of the page being 10.

Should I place the book in a protected place instead of resting cosily on her bookshelf with all of her other books?

the mild and charitable appraiser said...

Rather a good inscription and great provenance--it is a pity it in a 10th edition paperback but if it is in nice condition I could see it making nearly a thousand of your English pounds on a good day- so you might move it to the glass cabinet or desk drawer! Here's my favourite palindrome 'Madam I'm Adam' or the indignant 'Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus!'...N

Anonymous said...

Hi

I am trying to work out what edition my hardback book of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is and what it may be worth.

The copyright page has the following:
Copyright Text Joanne Rowling 1997
Copyright Cover illustration Thomas Taylor 1997

Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13

ISBN 0-7475-3269-9

Has price of 10.99 pounds on dust cover.

Thanks very much

mugwort the appraiser said...

No good --it's the 12th edition, take £10 for it and lose 99p or put it on ebay where it might go for a little more..to a muggle punter. Sorry

Anonymous said...

just wanted to see what my copy of Harry Potter was worth

The copyright page has the following:
Copyright Text Joanne Rowling 1997
Copyright Cover illustration Thomas Taylor 1997

ISBN 0 7475 3274 5 Paperback

Printed and bound in Australia by
Australian Print Group, Maryborough, Vic

20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9


I'm thinking probably not much because its printed in Australia and not in Great Britain

thanks

appraised Be His Name said...

sorry very very little value

Anonymous said...

How much is a "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" with the young wizard and the number line10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 worth?

ISNB 1 85613 43 2
Copyright Text Joanne Rowling
Printed in 1998 for the book people

Anonymous said...

Do you know where it is possible to buy harry potter dust jackets.I have several first editions in good condoition but the dust jackets aren't in such good condition.

Anonymous said...

Hi
I desperately need some advice please. I am being offered a HP and the Phiosophers Stone, 1st edition 1st print with numbers 10---1. It has been specially bound by Chelsea Bindery in a beautiful leather jacket. The person selling it claims its one of the first 500, however because it has lost its original cover i belive it is indistinguishable from the paper back which was a 6000 print.
It is in mint condition with a JK Rowling signiture which has been properley authenticated.
He is asking several thousand (£5000) pounds and if i go for it i am viewing it as an investment. Am i paying about the right money for this?

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I bought a copy of The Philosophers stone - it is a 1st edition 2nd printing printed in Australia, and i paid about US$200. The numbers in the front are 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2. To my disapointment when i got it it had ads in the back for books 1-4. It also says Joanne Rowling in the front of the book. How much is this worth??? Thankyou!

Anonymous said...

HI, I have a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone with the correct isbn and numbers etc. It states hat it was printed and bound in Australia and came in a boxed set with a first edition Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Both books have their dust jackets and are in good condition (though they have been read several times over). I have looked on the sight previously recommended but can't find reference to the Australian printed editions. I am guessing they don't have the value of the UK versions. Can you help with some clarification?
Thanks
Fiona

Bookride said...

Answers to 3 above questions
1. D/ws cannot be ordered like spare parts, you might trty ebay but you'd prob have to buy the book too or a facsimile
2. Not much cos its the 2nd OZ edition, sorry mate!
3. . Seems too cos its an OZ edition which are very common. Leather bound is going to be hard to resale, bit of an 'I saw you coming' price...

Note to self, must try and profit from this...

Bookride said...

+++Leather bound £5K ed--no idea --sounds about right but you are right if rebound it cd be the paperback and that will always hang over it like smog on Pasadena--my advice/if in doubt/ leave it out

Lastly leather bound classics are often bought as gifts or inducements or rewards but less commonly for oneself. If £5K is peanuts to you buy it, if you had to work more than 2 weeks to make it don't...

Anonymous said...

How much is a "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" with the young wizard and the number line10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 worth?

ISNB 1 85613 43 2
Copyright Text Joanne Rowling
Printed in 1998 for the book people

Anonymous said...

Any idea what the anticipated value of the provenanced 'Moonlight Signing Event' Deathly Hallows books will be worth in years to come? These are the halogramed copies signed by JK Rowling with the 'goody bags'. Thanks!

Bookride said...

Answer to lucky chap above--they seem to go for a minimum of £1000 now on ebay (sometimes £2000) but 1700 people were there at the Science Museum...presumably all got a signed book from the beautiful billionairess so the book isn't going to be truly scarce. However it should go up gradually and ineluctably so, if you can, hold on! On the other hand the book is very hot right now and prices may be at a high they don't get to again for eons. Hard thing to judge! N

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a first edition second print Harry Potter and The Philosophers stone, first edition first print Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, first edition first print Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, first edition first print Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix and a first edition first print Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Any idea how much these are worth

Appraiser be His Name said...

The information is freely available at sites such as abebooks.com, bookfinder.com and addall.com -- just put in author and title and choose highest price and work down from that to the lowest price - the book similar to yours is the selling value at present & half that is what you might get if you sold it to a trader or on ebay...you want UK editions if possible. Your 'Hallows is worth what you paid for it and a bit less...bit early for that one!

adorocks said...

hi i have a copy of the philosophers stone with the code ISBN 0747558191. could you tell what edition it is and how much its worth

thanks
ado

Bookride said...

It's a reprint paperback, regrets-- first has to have 10987654321 ---dream forward...

Anonymous said...

hi i have a copy of the philosopher's stone with the code 0747532745 . could you tell if it is the first edition and what it costs ?
thanks
matdac

Ed Gosse Girl said...

10987654321 is what you need, you have the ISBN there-- see the guy's notes above they are gospel--it is either the Australian one or a paperback --if its the paperback you need 10987654321 to be a first, for every edition they lift off the last number. E G G

Lynne Braithwait said...

Hi
I have a copy of the Philosophers Stone which has the correct prnt run of 10987654321. It is hardback with dustjacket. However the qote on the dustjacket is different to the book so it may be from a different book. It has the quote from Wendy Cooling on the front and looks identical to the above book. It is signed with a dedication by J.K. and is also signed by Thomas Taylor, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. It is in mint unread condition and has only been opened for the signings.
I am aware that this is of considerable value but i am not sure how much exactly. Could you give me some idea?
Thanks

Appraiser be His name said...

Quite a lot --actors and illustrators don't add that much but they do help--sounds like an Australian edition however--any mention of Australia on the back of the title page? D/w is weird cos UK didnt have one. A few thousand about 15-20% of what it might be if it was published in Pommy land. See caveat above. Memo to self - must start charging. N

Lynne Braithwait said...

Hi
Doesn't mention anything about Australia. The book has the quote by Wendy Cooling whilst the dustjacket says Winner of the Smarties Gold Award, so i think that may have been taken from another edition. It says printed in Great Britain by Clays etc etc

Bookride said...

Sounds like a supplied jacket --that is a later jacket. Book sounds right. Please email us (address above) if you wish.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I purchaced a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Midnight of the day it came out. it says first edition.
barcode 9780747591061

ISBN 9780747591061

like i said. At the bottom of the page it says First Edition.

UK Adult Version. Dustcover too.

Any idea how much this is worth? or just the bog standerd price?

Bookride said...

Your 'Hallows is worth what you paid for it and a bit less...bit early for that one!

Anonymous said...

Hi
I have a copy of the Philosophers Stone in paperback. It is a second edition with the print line 1098765432. It is a true bloomsbury with the quote by Wendy Cooling on the base of the cover. Unfortunatly it has been well read and the cover has quite a few creases in. There is also a name written on the inside front cover.
Can you please tell me how much it is worth. I would think very little due to its condition but you never know!

Anonymous said...

Also could you please tell me, if you know, how many of the second print paperbacks were actually printed?
Thanks

Bookride said...

Sorry -- no idea, not vast--check bookfinder.com or abebooks.com, no idea how man printed prob quit a lot...

Anonymous said...

Hi

I have a signed copy of Chamber of secrets reading 'With love J K Rowling x' in decent condition.

ISBN 0 7475 3848 4

Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc
Typset by Dorchester Typesetting

40 39

It's a paperback. Any idea how much it would be worth roughly?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

As above look on abebooks.com and click paperback and signed, without provenace it's less good--even so price of a new bicycle

Donna said...

I believe that I have a Bloomsbury, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1st state/1st printing, ex-library copy. ISBN: 0 7475 3269 9. Number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The boards are definitely worn. There are no tears or tape on the book. The cover is very worn on the spine and at the point where it connects to the boards, but it's certainly still colorful and legible and there are no missing pages. The library has stamped the book as withdrawn. I cannot find anything comparable at Abe Books, and I was wondering if you could comment on the estimated value of a true 1st/1st in worn condition. Thanks!

appraiser be His name said...

Try selling it to one of the people who lists high price potters on ABE or put it on Ebay. If its the true UK first someone might pay a few hundred or even a thousand pounds. Ex Library books are imho pretty nasty but someone who hasn't 'got' condition might go for it.

Bookride said...

Donna--as I recally Bloomsbury Book Auctions have had good 4 fig results with ex lib Potter firsts try them in Madox St London

Anonymous said...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
H/B large print/flat signed by J.K Rowling
isbn: 0-7475-5456-0
10987654321
how much is it worth please

Anonymous said...

LARGE PRINT--goes for about a £100 if a first, signed might take up into the late hundreds if you could prove it was actually Jk who signed it...

Danielle said...

Hi, I have every Australian hardcover first edition, first print run of the seven Harry Potter books. I also have most of the UK editions as well (except the first two of which I have second and third printings). They all have dust jackets and are in minty mint condition. How much am I looking at?
cheers

Mugwort the appraiser said...

Please checkabebooks.com but not a fortune.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1st edition/ 3rd print Philosopher's Stone. i know its not 1st print but how much is it worth?

Anonymous said...

oh and my 3rd print has its dust jacket and its in very good condition

Anonymous said...

Sorry to keep adding comments but could you also tell me if my 3rd print Philodophers Stone is more valuble or a set of the first six American books all signed and in good condition

Bookride said...

The 6 Americans signed are worth a whole lot more especially if the sigs are genuine (documentation is almost essential) but as always check Ebay and Abebooks there may be a madman charging a King's ransom for a third edition which is basically a reprint --third editions are unimpressive--'come and look at my collection of third editions' is not a grat chat up line...

Anonymous said...

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me. I have the paperback of "Harry Potter and the philosper's stone".ON the bottom of the front cover it says " Winner of the 1997 smarties Gold Award" and the ISBN is 0 7475 3274 5.Also it has a string of numbers " 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43" It says "First published in Great Britain in 1997" . Could anyone tell me if it is worth anything?

Marissa said...

Hi, I just ran across this thread and was wondering if anyone could estimate or could direct me to someone who would be able to, the value of a first edition (first printing) signed copy of the american release of Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone.

I was in 5th grade when our class went to meet J.K. Rowling in 1998... it was before anyone knew about her, and a bunch of us were directed to buy books ahead of time, and then she signed them for us there.

Any information would be great!
Thanks!

mugwort the appraiser said...

Above-- check ebay signed ones go through all the time, good item, hundreds of dollari

+ guy with 48 47 46 45 etc., it's all explained above--sorry matee it's worth 50p--remem=ber
you need 10987654321 then it's BINGO!!!!!

Jane in Canada said...

Hi I have a 5th printing, first edition Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - UK edition paperback. It is in fair to good condition. I emailed abe books, they emailed back a listing for a 4th printing that is being sold for
950 pounds.

How can I find out what the print runs were for this printing? I have googled and googled. Any advice re selling it?

mugwort the appraiser said...

You dont need to know the print run. There rare decent copies of a second ed paperback at £250
check abebooks https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=rowling&bi=s&bx=off&ds=40&pn=bloomsbury&sortby=1&sts=t&tn=stone&x=93&y=7

rowling
stone
Choose paperback and chosse highest price
ABE are irresponsible for winding you up, sorry you might get a few hundred dollars from some poor soul at ebay, mucho regretto muggleperson

Anonymous said...

Hi erm im pretty sure ive got one of these rare books .... its the philosophers stone with the young dumbeldore on the back it says winner of 1997 smarties award says hes saved by an owl on the blurb the isbn is 0747532699 its in good condition only minor squashing of the dust cover at the top and bottom ... "still cracks when opened" what is this worth please and what other checks can i make thanks oh yh and its hardback

Anonymous said...

Hi
So far it sounds good. However for it to be worth megabucks it needs to have the print run 10987654321 on the bottom of the copyright page. However as the first copies didnt have dustjackets and yours does it probably wont be that valuable.
Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

hi erm yh helpful thnx
well its print run is 20191817161514 and i guess that makes it bout 3rd edition can u confirm and how much dyu reckon it is worth

Anonymous said...

Hi
I have found this item on ebay:
170181252239 (just put the number into the searchbar). Are these books a worthwhile investment as i am really tempted to purchase them.
Can you give me some advice please?
Thanks

Jonas said...

Hi, I have what I'm sure is a first state US printing of Sorcerer's Stone, first ed. first printing. Because it has the Guardian blurb, does anybody know how much the book should be going for? I've seen prices around but they've been for the much less rare edition without the Guardian quote. Also anyone have an idea of where one could fetch the highest price for harry potter items?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi, just wondering how much an australian first edition of the philosophers stone is worth coz i know they r quite common

mugwort the frog said...

check vialibri or bookfiner but it aint much, sorry--oz editions are well common--mugwort

Anonymous said...

hey i have a copy of the TED SMART third edition i.e 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 in hard back with the jacket. It is in perfect condition it actually looks liek its never been read and also the copyright is issued to joanne rowling not J.K.Rowling.
How much do you think this would be worth?
thanks

Anonymous said...

Hello there!
My name is Claudia and I'm in search of information regarding appraising my J K Rowling Harry Potter book collection. I have acquired the following: 2 soft cover 1st print US Editions Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone books, all 1st prints UK Edition Books 1-7 Large Print Editions (Philosopher's Stone ISBN 0747554560) , 2 school books QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM 1st prints, 2 US Edition Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 1st prints, 2 US Edition Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1st print, 1 US Edition Deathly Hallows 1st print misprint, and 1 letter from J K Rowling office with her Personal Assistant, Fiddy Henderson's signature addressed to me acknowledging my letter to Ms Rowling and a J K Rowling signed bookplate (not a copy). Total of 16 1st print books in great condition! I would like to get information on how to appraise them and authenticate the signature because I would like to add it to the home insurance (just in case). What do you think the value estimate is in your opinion? Thank you for your assistance! From NEW YORK!

mugwort the appraiser said...

Please check bookfinder.com or http://used.addall.com/

The letter from Fiddy is of modest value but it authenticates the signed bookplate which is the best thing there, generally speaking you want UK editions for altitudinous prices...G'day. MW

niknak said...

i have first editions of the harry potter books from the prisoner of azkaban onwards. could you tell me how much these would be worth...if anything of substancial value? possibly the third one? isbn- 0747546290 and 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 written across the bottom.
i am assuming that after the thrid the first editions arnt worth much. the third is in ok condition- it has no rips and the corners are not rounded. it has been well read though. thanx for help nikki xxx

Anonymous said...

They have to be UK eds but they could be good-- esp 'Prisoner' check at bookfinder.com or http://used.addall.com/

Best regards -- Mugwort

The ISBN stays the same but the 10987654321 line loses a number on each reprint so 10987 is the seventh edition and generally almost of no value...you meed 10987654321 for lift off....

jeremydye2 said...

I am wondering if anyone knows if the leather bound US prints of the first two HP books are going to gain in value or how much they are worth. And how much they would be worth if signed. They are first editions.

ogbog said...

They wiil gain in value unless you paid too much, no doubt about that. Check abebooks.com for current prices. Ogbog

Anonymous said...

Please could you value my Harry Potter paperback for me? I have Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It has no dust jacket and no leather bindings, just the original coloured board cover showing Harry Potter in front of the Hogwarts Express steam engine at Platform 9 3/4.

On the copyright page, it says first published 1997, then copyright 1997. ISBN number is 0 7475 3274 5. Further down the page, above the Bloomsbury website address, is the number 62. Many thanks.

A Town called Bastard said...

"Further down the page, above the Bloomsbury website address, is the number 62. Many thanks..."

Velly sorry it's a 62nd edition and worth about 40 pence (80 cents) --- you need 10987654321 for a blast off!!!! TCB Booksellers

Anonymous said...

Hi,

i wonder if you can help or point me in the right direction. Ive got an adult version 1st edition of the order of Pheonix however it is misprinted. Ive got the back of the book at the front and and therfore some of the beggining of the book missing. Ive got a letter from bloomsbury telling me to keep hold of it as it might be worth something in the future but i was wondering if you had any idea of its value? And if it does have some value where i could sell it?

Many thanks

Bookride said...

Sorry -- these are known as printer's errors--collectors still avoid such books and regard them merely as defective, however they sometimes fool people on Ebay. This works with stamps but not, so far, with books...but try Ebay and report back with the result but I doubt it will be dramatic...N

Anonymous said...

I have a 1997 paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in mint condition. Triple Smarties Gold Award Winner on the cover. Copyright Joanne Rowling 1997. Cover illustration Thomas Taylor 1997. ISBN 0747532745; Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives Plc, 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53. Any idea if this is worth anything?

mugwort the appraiser said...

As the 53rd edition of the paperback Im afraid this is worth 'less than zero.' Sorry, baddish news. N

Anonymous said...

What would a 2nd edition "School Market Edition" paperback of Philospher's Stone be worth? (Published by Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0439988187)

Anonymous said...

^ Whoops, forgot to add that a young Dumbledore is depicted on the back cover (don't know if this makes a difference)

Anonymous said...

Could you please advise what I should have paid for my Harry Potter? Its the Philosopher's Stone - Ted Smart edition - printed boards, dust cover, print run 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. "This edition published for The Book People Limited 1998". Its mint condition, but I imagine its worth an awful lot less than I actually paid for it five years ago!!

LiverpoolLou said...

Hi there
I have a Deluxe copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Print number 20 down to 13, Published by Bloomsbury in 1999 and the book has two ISBN numbers?
ISBN: 0 7475 4572 3
ISBN: 9780747545729
What is the reason for this ? and could you please tell me a bit more about this book and does it have any worth?

Thank you Lou

mugwort the appraiser said...

All the answers can be found by checking at abebooks.com but basically you have to have 10987654321 or at least 1098765432 to get any serious mumzabah, moolah, shekels or dosh...dont know about the Ted Smart but assume it is also fairly easily nailed at Abebooks.com...keep searching for the Grail aka Philosopher's Stone (UK 1997 10987654321 no jacket required...)

Good fortune to you on your merry quest!

Anonymous said...

I have a hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that was printed without the "Year 1" box on the spine of the book. Does this have any value or is it just a bizarre misprint?

mugwort the frog said...

If it is a printing mistake it does not make much difference to price unlike postage stamps but o/w I have no idea, sorry. N

HarryPotterLoverUK said...

Ok, i'm freaking out a bit here because yesterday I was looking in a charity shop and I came across a copy of Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone that had a different back cover. Anyway i've been reading up about it today and it seems that there were 500 copies printed with a different character on the back, I think it is Nicholas Flamel. Do you think it is worth me trying to see if I can get it tomorrow? I hope it is still there, I am kicking myself for not buying it yesterday! It is in mint condition, hardback and with the sleeve thing on to protect it!

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Tash, I've just bought a paperback version of The Philosopher's Stone print run
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
with the younger wizard on the back for 79p in a charity shop. It's not in the best condition (there are some water marks to the edges a crease on the bottom corner of the front page and two people have written their names in it) but there is no damage to the actual pages, it is also missing the Hogwarts crest that the later copies have. can you tell me if this is worth anything and how much. i have looked on bookfinder and abe but there wasn't anything quite like this one

cheers
tash

Bob Hicks said...

Hi Tash
Without seeing the book it is quite hard to gauge a value. If you send a couple of pictures to tunuot@hotmail.co.uk i would be happy to look at them for you.
Regards
Bob

Anonymous said...

I'm currently looking for the deluxe box for the seven books. I'm not interested in the books just the case to house them in. If anyone happens to have a spare one or know of one can you please let me know?
Thanks
P.S. I'm not sure if i am allowed to advertise stuff on here but oh well: I am currently selling my rare collection of Harry Potter books on eBid if anyone is interested:
http://uk.nine.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=1208965299-10650-1&mo=auction

Michaelangelo said...

Hi i've got the Philosopher's Stone in hardback with the dust jacket and the print run
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
I assume its a 3rd edition but was wondering if its anywhere near valuable?
Also i have the chamber of secrets and the prisoner of akzkaban that are hardbacks and which both have the print line
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
which also i assume makes them second editions.
I've also got books 4 to 7 in first edition but i doubt they're worth much.
be great if any one could get back to me, thanks.

Aaron said...

Hi, i have a Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone book that says

First published in Great Britain in 1997
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 38 Soho Square, London W1V 5DF

Copyight@ Text Joanne Rowling 1997
Copyright @ Cover illustration Thomas Taylo 1997

The moral right of the author has been asserted A CIP catalogue record of this book is available from the British Library

ISBN 0 74753274 5 Paperback
0 7475 3269 9 Hardback

Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

50 49

Gargle Blaster said...

My dear fellow RTFM --you have the rare 48th edition wort about £1. Regrets.

Aaron said...

Not sure if my last comment posted

I have a copy of The Order Of The Phoenix that says first edition and has the ISBN 0 7475 6940 1

Is it worth anything? Thanks.

Sarah51905 said...

Hi I have a friend that was wondering about their book, if you have any info for them they'd appreciate it. It is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, paperback not hardback. I don't think it has any value because I'm guessing by the bottom saying Canada it's worthless really. But this is what the inside title page looks like this

All rights reserved; no part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher



First published in Great Britain in 1997
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 38 Soho Square, London WIV 5DF


Copyright Text Joanne Rowling 1997
Copyright Cover illustration Thomas Tyler 1997


The moral right of the author has been asserted
A CIP catalouge record of this book is available from the British Library

ISBN 0 7475 3274 5 Paperback
0 7475 3269 9 Hardback


Printed and bound in Canada by Webcom

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

Bookride said...

Sorry Sarah --not alot for a colonial second ed but do check abebooks.com--I am not the pope. N

Bookride said...

Aaron -v sorry Phoenix nbg. N

Anonymous said...

Hi, i have a Harry Potter Special Edition, Paperback, Philosophers Stone (gold trim, artwork set into the front cover) it is a first edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, is it worth anything?

Ollie Gee said...

Hi
I have a second print of the Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Deluxe hardback 1098765432 how much is it worth? I also have first paperback of the chamber of secrets 10987654321 how much is this worth?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have Harry potter and the Philosopher's stone, paperback with stars on the cover. It's got 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Is this worth anything???

Bookride said...

Of the above 3 only the paperback might be a corker. Check if it's 1997 and published in UK. The special editions are nothing special and a second ed of a special is not too good. But check abebooks.com things might have changed-- and paperback person can email me if necessary...I hope it is right, fingers crossed...Nigel
charingx@anyamountofbooks.com

Anonymous said...

I have a first edition UK paperback of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that has been signed by JKRowling. There is slight damage to the binding on the spine and the corners but apart from that is in pretty good condition.

How much would this be worth?

Anonymous said...

This is a very helpful website! The only first edition book I have is a paperback of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where the numbers count down from 10 - 1 on reverse of the cover. Bloomsbury publishing Plc, 38 Soho Square, London ISBN 0747546290. Price is £5.99 on the back and in surprisingly good condition! Any suggestions as to what to do with it (if it is in fact valuable) would be very much appreciated!

donaldo said...

You have far more patience than I oh appraised one!!

G. Wells said...

What do you know of a First Edition (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1) of the US version unsigned, also one signed? I'd really appreciate an email responce to gagewells@yahoo.com as well -- thanks!

Bookride said...

SORRY CAN NO LONGER ANSWER POTTER RELATED QUESTIONS. ALL CAN BE ANSWERED BY CHECKING OUT YOUR COPY AT ABE BOOKS

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchEntry

choose highest price for good news and lowest price for bad, remember these guys have not sold their copies and some never will but a quick browse should answer all questions and put you in the picture. If selling expect half or less of prices for comparable items...N

Edvard said...

Hi i know this is about the 1st book but i have a 1st edition hard back of the chamber of secrets how much would this be worth?

jordan said...

hi could you please value this. it is an audio book, harry potter and the philosophers stone, read by Stephen fry it is part of the 2000 limited edition set it is number 1968 the box is a little frayed but the inside is in pristine condition it also contains both J.K Rowling and Stephen fry signature (the signatures are part of the limited edition set )

Bookride said...

Please check abebooks.com for all the above-- I haven't heard of the signed limited Fry Rowling set--are you sure the signatures are not in facsimile? Maybe some potterologist knows the answer....

Bookride said...

Please check abebooks.com for all the above-- I haven't heard of the signed limited Fry Rowling set--are you sure the signatures are not in facsimile? Maybe some potterologist knows the answer....

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book with the IBSN 0747542155 and with misaligned print on page 13. I was wondering if this is one of the First editions?

Anonymous said...

It is an early edition.

I would be interested in purchsing it though

Contact me at tunuot@hotmail.co.uk

Curious said...

I've also got a Prisoner of Azkaban book. IBSN 0747542155 and the number line is 10987654321. It's hardcover and says first published in Great Britain, 1999.

Is this a first edition?... Or the same as the person who posted above?

Anonymous said...

Curious,
If you send a picture of the copyright page
tunuot@hotmail.co.uk
I would be happy to inform you of its edition.

Anonymous said...

mine is ISBN 0747532699
numbers underneath 26 27 28 29 30
can someone please tell me what it's worth

Collecting Harry Potter Books said...

HI
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN SELLING THERE HARRY POTTER BOOKS PLEASE EMAIL ME AT ogigacz@gmail.com I WILL PAY A GOOD PRICE I AM AFTER THE FIRST THREE BOOKS ANY EDITION

Anonymous said...

I have a Copy of The Sorcerer's Stone and Pages 185 to 216 are in the book twice. Is the book worth anything?

Anonymous said...

added to the above comment the isbn is 0590353403 and says First American Edition, October 1998

Corey said...

I have a Copy of the Philosophers stone back at home, definetely not first edition as it came in box set with the first 3 books, but it has a what I'm assuming to be a fairly large misprint, The Chapter order in the book is 5,6,7,8,5,6,7,8,9,10 etc.would this be worth anything of note? I checked abe books and didnt really see anything similar.

mugwort the frog said...

Misprints have never added to the values of books so far in fact they lower the value and have always been regarded as inferior and almost without value...

HOWEVER in the case of Harry Potter books some people on Ebay have bid them up and a few have made a few hundred bucks--whether they will be worth anything in the long run is another matter--I am guessing not, already too many are showing up and results have been lacklustre. Would appreciate evidence either way....

Anonymous said...

hi i was wondering if you could help me, i have been checking all my harry potter books and it appears my Prisoner of Azkaban has a number line of 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 what does this mean? and how much would that be worth? its hardback and is in very good condition. Thanks, Faye

Anonymous said...

oh and in addition to this the ISBN is 07475542155. Faye

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone First edition paperback book. The ISBN is 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Could anyone tell me what this is worth or where Icould possibly sell it. It is slightly confusing though with it being a paperback as I thought they didnt come in paperback. It is in very good condition - never been read. Please help!

Thanks

Chloe

Bookride said...

Chloe that sounds like a good book, unless it's Australian or some unforeseen problem. Please email moi at charingx@anyamountofbooks.com -the overlord of this humble blog. Nigel

Anonymous said...

Hello I was wondering if somebody could help me please regarding the value of a book? I have an adult copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone published by Bloomsbury in 1998. Its says copyright Joanne Rowling inside (not sure if that's unusual) and the number line just says 10. I would be really greatful of any help as I've looked for ages to find some info but I'm no good with this stuff! Many thanks, Kerry

Rob said...

I have an American HC edition of HP&TSS that is slightly smaller thant he others in my collection, by about a half inch or so. Plus there's no "YEAR ONE" stamp on the spine.
What the hell?

Anonymous said...

I HAVE THE FIRST PRINT/FIRST STATE US EDITION OF HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE WITH GUARDIAN BLURB AND ALL. I ALSO HAVE A BOOKPLATE HAND SIGNED BY ROWLING (NOT A COPY). MY QUESTION IS...IF I HAVE THIS BOOK VALUED TOGETHER WITH THE BOOKPLATE, IS IT THE SAME VALUE AS IF SHE SIGNED THE BOOK HERSELF? JUST CURIOUS SINCE I CANNOT FIND THE VALUE OF THIS BOOK WITH THE BOOKPLATE. I AM ABOUT TO INCLUDE IT IN MY HOME-OWNERS INSURANCE AS WELL :o)

Mugwort the appraiser said...

A book signed by the author is quite a bit better than one signed on a bookplate...check abebooks.com for comparisons but about 40% less might reflect true value--check Ebay completed sales also. Cheers.

Above--dont know what this smaller ed is US firsts are not goldmines anyway so check abebooks etc.,

Above that --you hace a 10th edition worth about the cost of a grande mocha, regrets

Anonymous said...

i have a copy of a paperback philosopher's stone
it's ISBN number is 0-7475-3274-5 and it's signed
how much would this be worth?

Anonymous said...

adding on from last comment i also have the 2nd and 3rd (hardback) books signed as well. if i sold them together would this increase their value?

Eva Hawke said...

Hi I have a paperback Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone book which was bought in Australia and I'd like to know what edition it is. The ISBN is: 0 7475 3274 5 at the bottom of the page there are the numbers: 20 19 18 17 16 15 14. It says it is published in 1997 and printed and bound in Australia.

mugwort the frog said...

SORRY THE ABOVE HAS NO VALUE AT ALL. It's A paperback Australian 13th edition --possibly worth a dollar if fine.


PLEASE NOTE ALL ANSWERS CAN BE FOUND AT Sorry at bookfinder.com or http://used.addall.com/ or especially at abebooks.com

Anonymous said...

Hi,

My Family has a Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Deluxe Cloth First Edition, First Printing signed in gold on front cover. The thing with this book is that it comes in it's original cellophane wrapping and has never been opened, still has the original sticker on back of cellophane wrapping showing purchase price of £18GBP.

The Book has never been taken out of wrapping or even openend,condition is as new pristine, what sort of value would it have.

Thanks in advance

JD

Curious said...

Hi there, I'm just trying to figure out if my Harry Potter book is worth anything. It was purchased in '97 I believe by my mother in a bookstore in england for me to read on the return flight to the states. It is Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, has the copyright text by Joanne Rowling 1997. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN is 0 7475 3274 5. Number indicated at the bottom of the page is 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13

curious said...

One more note for the above comment... it is also "Printed and Bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd."

Bookride said...

Above -not value much sorry --it's a 12th printing, might work on ebay for the price of a large pizza, above that the deluxe is not worth a king's ransom but goodish... You may find a copy at bookfinder.com or http://used.addall.com/

frenger69 said...

I have a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. It was
published by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0-439-36213-X
Library of Congress number 97-39059
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
1 2 3 4 5 6/0
My question is: This copy's pages start at 1 and goes to 290. Then starts
back up at page 323 and goes to 354. Then goes back to page 323 and goes to
page 384. This copy is missing pages 291 to 322. Can you tell me if this book
has a worthy premium? This copy has not been read. It's Paperback and in
Excellent shape.
You can contact me at
frenger69@aol.com.

Bookride said...

Thanks Frenger--basically what you have is a defective book that should be tossed in the eco bin but occasionally on Ebay some crazy chaps pay decent sums for such deficient copies..try it and let us know the result! Good luck...

Bookride said...

Thanks Frenger--basically what you have is a defective book that should be tossed in the eco bin but occasionally on Ebay some crazy chaps pay decent sums for such deficient copies..try it and let us know the result! Good luck...

Bookride said...

Thanks Frenger--basically what you have is a defective book that should be tossed in the eco bin but occasionally on Ebay some crazy chaps pay decent sums for such deficient copies..try it and let us know the result! Good luck...

wendee said...

I have ISBN 0-7475-3274-5 on dustjacket and ISBN 0 7475 3269 9 in book.

'Smarties Gold Award Winner Ages 6-11 - 1997' sticker PRINTED onto both the dust jacket and the hardback cover.

Dust Jacket contains text "winner of the 1997 Snaties Gold Award", as well as reviews and acclaim quotes on the inside wings.

Cover contains quote "...this is a terrific book." The Sunday Telegraph

Print number: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Printed 1997

Is it worth anything

Bookride said...

Wendee--it should not have a d/w--is it the Ausrtalian ed?

Wendee said...

Ok that one is worth nothing (Sigh). I also have green Harry Potter Prisoner Of Azkaban UK Deluxe 1st edition I think. Book says - This edition first published 1999 in great britain by bloomsbury. Copyright joanne rowling 1999. numbers 10 down to 1. Is it worth anything?

Bookride said...

Not worth nothing Wendee but probably an Aussie first--meanwhile this green deluxe is quite desirable--Please email me (see page)

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have a copy of Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone in Mint Condition

The Numberline is 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 8 9/9 0/0 01 02 Printed in the U.S.A 23 First American Edition, October 1998

The Dust Jacket price is $16.95

The DJ ISBN: 0-590-35340-3 (and 51695 above barcode)

Quote on rear DJ referring to Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

No number on the book or DJ spine

Red Spine and purple checkered boards

Raised lettering on the Dj
The Book has a protective slip cover over the DJ

I was wondering if anyone could tell me its worth? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hello, can you please tell me about mine if you have time.

ISBN: 0-590-35340-3
numbers above barcode: 51795

Numbers/text on title page:

20 9/9 0/0 01 02

Printed in the U.S.A. 37
First American edition, October 1998

quote on back of dust jacket is from Publishers Weekly

Gold raised title of Harry Potter on front of dust jacket.

Thank you!

ss said...

ISBN: 0 74753274 5

number line: 30 29 28 27 26

harry is also saved by own and young man on the back...

Anonymous said...

i have quite a few harry potter books i'm wondering about...
1. the first is a UK collectors edition (one with the gold paper edges) philosopher's stone, ISBN 0 7475 457 2 3 and Print number 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 which i think is 1st edition 4th printing? It's also signed by JK Rowling on the dedication page. I still have the golden ticket that I got when she visited perth and it's in very good if not excellent condition. Any idea what it's worth?
2. I also have a copy off the paperback version print number 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 but it's in poor condition and has a name written on the title page. i don't think it'll be worth anything...
3. there's also a first edition Goblet of Fire hardback again signed on the dedication page
any clues as to what they're worth?

mugwort the appraiser said...

Probably quite good --look at prices on ABE put on Ebay and you might expect about a third of the prices that you have found--still a useful sum.

The Tank said...

Hi, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me about a copy of 'sorcerer's stone.' my copy has the right color boards, but they don't have the embossed diamond pattern like the others. is this a mistake or just a bce in diguise?
thanks so much

mugwort the frog said...

Sorry -- not much idea. ABE Books has most of the answers. 10987654321 is a good start.

Anonymous said...

can you tell me anything about my copy of the philosophers stone it is a paper back has the brown haired wizard, no hogwarts crests on the inside, text by joanna rowling 1997 and on the back it said he was rescued by an owl and has printed by clays ltd st ives plc , 20 19 18 17 16 and has the 1997 smarties gold award winner on the front. isbn 0-7475-3274-5

Anonymous said...

I just obtained Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 1st print/1st edition FIRST STATE with Guardian Blurb and all, not a book club edition and I have coupled that with a signed bookplate and a letter from Fiddy (her PA) acknowledging receipt of the letter and how Ms Rowling is forwarding a signed bookplate. I have searched high and low and I cannot find such a combination in order to estimate value! CAN SOMEONE HELP ME!!!! :o(

Anonymous said...

I have the first three American harry potter books. All with the covers and are in good condition. All say first edition

Sorcerer's stone
ISBN 0-590-35340-3
35 34 33 32 31 9/9 0/0 01 02

chamber of secrets
ISBN 0-439-06486-4
20 19 18 17 16 15 14 9/9 0/0 1 2 3 4

prisoner of azkaban
ISBN 0-439-13653-0
24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 9/9 0/0 1 2 3 4

Anonymous said...

Depends on the condition of your 1st Edition SS.
I've seen copies in poor condition sell between 250 and $600 on Ebay.
Very good to Fine copies can sell for $800-2500.
ALSO - Check your number line page to make sure you cannot see the diamond pattern from the backside of the page.
Fakes made from BCE pages have been rampant.
The Guardian jacket also came on 2nd printings, so I believe the first print BOOK to be more scarce than the Guardian jacket.

Anonymous said...

I left the comment on 14th Feb. I forgot to ask are they worth anything?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately all your books are later printings and are worth retail price or less. The lowest number in the first (left side) row is the printing number.
At the moment only the first three printings of the Sorcerer's Stone are bringing serious money on Ebay.

Anonymous said...

was wondering how much my harry potter books are worth? i have 4 paperback all 1st print and 1st editions these are the philosophers stone, chamber of secrets, prisoner of azkaban and goblet of fire, they are also UK bloomsbury, all will print runs showing 10,9,8,6,5,4,3,2,1

i believe to have some worth? can anyone help? or would any one be interested in buying them off me, i also have the collectors edition of beedles the bard and a prequel book to the potter series call a postcard collection, please if anyone can help mail me at xadsx2003@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I have a paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with Smarties 1997 Gold Award Winner sticker on the front.

First published in Great Britain in 1997
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 38 Soho Square, London W1V 5DF

ISBN 0 7475 3274 5 Paperback

Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

30 29 28 27

Can you tell me how much it is worth?

Mugwort the frog said...

about £2.50 sorry --its the 26th edition you need 10987654321 for liftoff, bloke above however seems to have gold--check abebooks.com and divide lowest price by 2 or 3 and that's what you might get on Ebay if they are in Excellent condition.

Mugwort the frog said...

about £2.50 sorry --its the 26th edition you need 10987654321 for liftoff, bloke above however seems to have gold--check abebooks.com and divide lowest price by 2 or 3 and that's what you might get on Ebay if they are in Excellent condition.

Anonymous said...

For anyone who is interested in the value, I just sold a TRUE 2nd UK hardcover in VG condition for $3,250.

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I am a collector of Philosopher's Stone and Sorcerer's Stone books. I am looking for a few more pieces for my collection. If you have anything of interest, please email me at eaglephot@aol.com. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I left the comment February 11, 2009 7:34 PM. I forgot to ask is it worth anything

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

is my Harry Potter Philosophers stone hardback worth anything? Number sequence 20 19 18 17.
First edition, 1997.

Thanks for your time.

Anonymous said...

For the Feb 11th comment: It all depends on the condition. In VG condition the BOOK would go easy for $1500. With the bookplate around $2000. In Fine condition $2000-3000 for the book and add another $300-500 for the book plate.

For the 17th printing of Philosopher's Stone: unfortunately, no it is not worth anything.

Anyone who has early prints of Philosopher's Stone soft cover or hard, email me at eaglephot@aol.com. I am a collectore of Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone books. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a 1st Edition 2nd printing paperback of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone.
It has the text Joanne Rowling and illustrator Thomas Taylor1997. Thers is NO Hogworths Crest and the banner at the bottom of the front cover "A terrific read and a stunning first novel" Wendy Cooling.
ISBN 0747532745
Any idea's on value would be appreciated please.
riafraz@sky.com

Safi said...

Hi, is Wedee still about? I read about a book you have - see below,

"I have ISBN 0-7475-3274-5 on dustjacket and ISBN 0 7475 3269 9 in book.

'Smarties Gold Award Winner Ages 6-11 - 1997' sticker PRINTED onto both the dust jacket and the hardback cover.
"

I would be interested in buying it if you still have it (I've bought others from Australia) please email cogospark@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I found a old copy buried in my closet. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. First Published in Britain in 1997. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 38 Soho Square London WIV 5DF. Copyright @ Text Joanne Rowling 1997. Copyright @ Cover Illustration Thomas Taylor 1997. ISBN 0747532699 Hardback. Printed and bound in Canada by Fresians
109876
Also no more numbers after that... The book is in Great Condition, Never read or used. Is this worth much ?

Anonymous said...

Re closet Potter--its a 6th Canadian ed and of very modest value, sorry...

Anonymous said...

Re closet Potter--its a 6th Canadian ed and of very modest value, sorry...

Anonymous said...

Re closet Potter--its a 6th Canadian ed and of very modest value, sorry...

Anonymous said...

I have a first edition paperback of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (number sequence 1098765432) which my mother read to my daughter at Christmas in 1997 before the HP craze took off. Shortly after this, my mother saw JK Rowling doing a reading of the book in a Glasgow bookstore and was able to chat with her to tell her how much my daughter had enjoyed the book. Rowling subsequently inscribed another copy of the paperback (number sequence 2019181716151413) to my daughter “For Rebecca, Your grandmother has told me very nice things about you, JK Rowling”. My mother then took a photograph of Rowling reading her book to the children in the bookstore. While I realize that these books and the story surrounding them are a “special package”, could you give me an idea of their individual value? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Personalized signatures are great in my opinion because they provide more handwriting to analyze.
I'd say your signed later printing with the photo is worth no less than $600 US... and it could do well over $1500 if bidders just have to have it. You will have to convert that to GBP yourself.
Placing your book on EBAY is the easiest and probably cheapest answer to that question with more certainty.
What condition is your 2nd printing in?
Any marks, spine creases, soiling or wear?
Of course it should have the Wendy Cooling quote on the bottom of the cover in the black area.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My 2nd printing has some spine creases and wear as it was read to my daughter and again by my son. It is otherwise in good shape and does have the Wendy Cooling quote on the bottom.

Anonymous said...

Well, I just bought one from a kind lady who posted here last month for 450 GBP ($650 US) in slightly better condition than yours, SO... you have some money there!
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My friend can be reached at eaglephot@aol.com
He is looking for an early printing and passed on the one I purchased.
He will not be able to reply until Monday.
He should treat you with respect if you are looking to sell.

Anonymous said...

I have a box set of the first three harry potter books

all except for the 1st book have book numbers 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

All have dust covers - illustration by Cliff Wright 1999
and say TED SMART on spine.

Also says inside that the editions were produced for The Book People.

Any value?

Jade x

Anonymous said...

No value other than reading value.
They are later Book Club edtion printings.

BMT said...

Hi I have a UK Hardback of the Prisoner of Azkaban. The number sequence just has a 20 on the line. Does this mean it's the 20th edition?

Thanks

BMT

Mugwort the frog said...

Yes--sorry it is a 20th ed...N

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