How to tell if your old copy of Harry Potter is worth up to £40, | The IndependentThe main characteristics of a first edition first issue are a print line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the crediting of "Joanne Rowling", not JK. Prices for later editions in good condition are in three figures. In , JK Rowling was still a jobbing author rather than a worldwide superstar richer than the Queen, so there are a reasonable number of signed first editions available from her book tour signings. Deluxe editions can be priced in four figures if signed. First edition first printings will have the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and a block of misaligned text on page seven. Opinions about the number of copies printed before the errors were spotted vary greatly — however, it seems that only a small number came off the press which greatly enhances its value.
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Harry Potter was one of the best selling book series in the world, and now those old copies could be worth something. So could your Harry Potter books be worth the same kind of money? Printed in , the book is set to go to auction on Thursday 30 May. If you want to bid on the rare edition of the book, you can head to Forums Auctions. The Harry Potter books are currently still in print, which means that your old copies will need to have something different about them to make them valuable.
The book - lot at Forum Auction - was an ex-library copy with 'bumped' corners and peeling laminate, reports the Mirror. But what makes it so special is that it's one of just copies of that edition ever printed, making it one of the very first times the wider public was introduced to the boy wizard. Of those , some of them are thought to have gone to libraries. But that still makes it "rare in any condition and a far better ex-library copy than usually encountered" as the lot description reads. This is what you need to know to find out if any of your old Harry Potter books are now worth a mint. You can spot this ultra-rare version, rather than a later one, by looking at page 53 where "1 wand" appears twice in list of things Harry should bring to Hogwarts. You should also look for a print line that reads 1 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the crediting of "Joanne Rowling", not JK, on the title page.
A £30,000 book?
But to have any real collectable value, it has to be a copy of the first edition, first impression also known as the first printing. This means the very first batch of books off the press, of which there were only a few thousand. Harry Potter first edition, softcover issue. First, what do the books look like? The first printing was bound in two different ways. The rarest is the hardback issue, with a cover of laminated boards.