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First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Book With Typos Gets Sold For Almost US$90,000
By Mikelle Leow, 29 Mar 2019
Image via Bonhams
‘Hermione Granger’ probably wasn’t present to correct J.K. Rowling with something along the lines of, “It’s ‘LeviOsa’, not ‘LevioSA’,” when the now-acclaimed author started penning the Harry Potter books. As such, initial copies that made it to the market came with a couple of misspellings.
One of these flawed books, however, has been auctioned off at £68,812 (US$89.910)—a significant jump from its estimated price of £40,000 to £60,000 (US$51,914 to US$77,860).
On 27 March, a copy of J.K. Rowling’s first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone—went up for sale at auction house Bonhams. It belonged to the author’s first literary agent, Christopher Little, and was among the initial 500-odd published copies of Rowling’s first-ever book.
The back of the book sees “Philosopher’s” being misspelled as “Philosphers,” and page 53 features a duplicated “1 wand” on a list of equipment. Additionally, the number sequence on the publisher’s imprint page is also printed incorrectly.
The copy also comes complete with Rowling’s signature, which she had given to raise its worth for a sale benefiting two charities in 2003.
Do you own an early copy of the Harry Potter books? Yours might be worth thousands, too.
The lower cover of the book contains the typo, “Philosphers.” Image via Bonhams
[via Mental Floss, images via various sources]
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