Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
4th impression in excellent condition (Bloomsbury, London, 1997)
First edition, fourth printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 223pp. This has the usual identification points for an early printing—young wizard to spine, Joanne Rowling to copyright page, 1 wand to page 53.
The first novel in the magnificent Harry Potter series. Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This is a superb copy. The book appears not to have been read and is in fine shape. The pages are clean, the binding secure and there are no inscriptions. The dustwrapper is very good plus, with just a little crinkling to the edges. It has not been price-clipped (£10.99) and is now within a protective sleeve. A really lovely copy of a very early printing.