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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Soft cover - 1997

by Rowling, J. K

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Canada: Bloomsbury, 1997 Very Good First edition, fifth printing of the 1997 softcover. No writing or marks. One dog eared page. See photos for issue points. Also includes errors on pages 8 and 53. This is a Canadian edition but with a price of 4.99 pounds.

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  • Title Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Illustrator Thomas Taylor (cover)
  • Author Rowling, J. K
  • Binding Soft cover
  • Edition 1st Edition
  • Condition Very Good
  • Pages 223
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Bloomsbury, Canada
  • Date 1997
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 034513
  • ISBN 9780747532743 / 0747532745
  • Reading level 880
  • Dewey Decimal Code 823.914

About this book

First published by Bloomsbury in the UK in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone set off a literary epic that would envelop and change children's literature for the 21st Century. The first book of a seven-book series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone quickly captured the imagination and admiration of children and adults alike, and would go on to win countless awards in literature.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has been translated into over seventy languages, including Latin and Greek. It, along with the other six books in the series, has been cinematically adapted as well.

British Fantasy Award (1999), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adolescent Literature (2008), British Book Award for Children's Book of the Year (1998), Smarties Prize (1997), Prijs van de Nederlandse Kinderjury (2002) ...more Prijs van de Nederlandse Kinderjury (2002), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (2001), South Carolina Book Award for Junior Book Award (2001), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (2000), Charlotte Award (2000), Nene Award (2000), Massachusetts Children's Book Award (2000), Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (2001), Blue Hen Book Award for Chapter Book (2001), Nevada Young Readers' Award for Young Reader Category (2000), Sasquatch Reading Award (2000), Golden Archer Award for Middle/Junior High (2000), Indian Paintbrush Book Award (2000), Carnegie Medal Nominee (1997), ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (1999)


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and features Harry Potter, a young wizard. It describes how Harry discovers he is a wizard, makes close friends and a few enemies at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and with the help of his friends thwarts an attempted comeback by the evil wizard Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents and tried to kill Harry when he was one year old. ([Source][1].) [1]:

From the publisher

Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin, and lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to a world of magic and excitement.

First edition identification

The true first edition is considered the 1997 UK Bloomsbury edition, and copies are extremely scarce. Only about 500 hardcover copies were printed in the first run, so those are typically the most valuable of the original 5,000 copy run.

There are several points for true first editions. First, the word Bloomsbury is included in the title page. Second, the copyright date is 1997. Third, the copyright page will include the full number line. And finally, there is a misprint on page 53, which lists "1 wand" twice in the school supplies list.