Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone. London: Bloomsbury, 1997. First Paperback Edition, 30th Issue. Publisher's pictorial stiff wrappers, lightly creased, neat ownership name verso upper wrapper, contents bright & clean throughout. Housed in custom-made solander box.
The first Book in the Harry Potter Series that sparked a literary phenomenon. This copy with a fine signature by the author on the dedication page.
The first issue paperback was published in an edition of 5,150 copies on 26 June 1997. By October 2013, the printers Clays Ltd, noted that 'to date we have produces a minimum of 11.6 million paperbacks and 1.3 million hardbacks across 337 printings.'
The genesis of Harry Potter is now the stuff of legend. The idea of Harry Potter 'slid' into the mind of Joanne Rowling on a train journey from Manchester to London during the summer of 1990. The manuscript was completed early in 1996 and sent to a literary agent who rejected it. The second approach was to the Christopher Little Literary Agency who signed up the unknown author. The agency sent the manuscript to eight publishers, two of whom showed an interest: Harper Collins & Bloomsbury. As Harper Collins was slow in making a definite offer, the UK rights to the title went to Bloomsbury for an advance of around £1500. The first edition in hardback (issued without a dust jacket) was published in an edition of 500 copies in June 1997. About 300 of these ended up in libraries, leaving 200 copies for sale to the general public. The rarety of this first hardback issue accounts for the extradonary prices acheived in the market for good quality copies.