Your old Harry Potter books could be worth a fortune - here's how to check - Cambridgeshire LiveThe book - lot at Forum Auction - is 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.
Your old Harry Potter books could be worth a fortune - here's how to check
Dig through your old book collection because you could be sitting on a goldmine. As fans of the series feverishly search to see whether their novel could be one of rare copies worth thousands, appraisers are urging any would-be collectors to get in touch. Do you have one of the other copies? She said one of the most commonly asked about books were from the Harry Potter series, with the business linking sellers to buyers at a weekly meet in Sydney on Thursdays. To maximise profits, she said, selling privately could be better than going to auction because neither the buyer or seller pay premiums. The obvious question is - how do you know if your copy is one of the elusive worth thousands?
Many of the early editions of JK Rowling's book are worth thousands of pounds - here's a guide to spotting value. Part of the first edition's appeal was down to a rare printing mistake on the back cover, in which the second "o" was missing from the word "Philosopher's". Simon Roberts, Bonhams Books and Manuscripts senior specialist, said: "This was an exceptional price for a much-loved modern classic. Obviously genuine signatures or even better inscriptions by JK Rowling can add tremendously to the value. Online book specialist AbeBooks is a good place to go to find out what copies like yours are being sold for. Only were published and went to libraries.
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The 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.