April 2023 Catalogue

A p r i l 2 0 2 3 B a u m a n R a r e B o o k s 32 First Editions Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them And Quidditch Through The Ages, Signed And Inscribed By J.K. Rowling 26. ROWLING, J.K. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. WITH: Quidditch Through the Ages. London, 2001. Two volumes. 12mo, original stiff printed pictorial wrappers; pp. 42, 56, schoolbag-printed plastic bag, custom half morocco clamshell box. $12,000. First editions of two whimsical “textbooks” from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, each boldly signed by Rowling, with the Quidditch volume additionally inscribed by her: “To Christina, lots of love.” How long is an Ashwinder’s life span? When did wizards stop using baskets in Quidditch and start using goalposts? What is the only spell capable of repelling a Lethifold? How did the Moontrimmer mark “a leap forward” in broomstick manufacture? You’ll find answers to all these questions (and more you never knew to ask) in this highly creative pair of “textbooks,” direct from the Hogwarts library and copious marginal “annotations” by Harry Potter and his fellow students. Rowling wrote these slim, entertaining books as a fundraiser for Comic Relief, a major United Kingdom anti-poverty charity. Published simultaneously with the first American editions (March 12, 2001). Fantastic Beasts was adapted to the screen in 2016. The original laid-in adhesive bookplate label from Hogwarts has been removed. Errington A10(a), A11(a). A fine pair in the original packaging, most scarce signed and inscribed by J.K. Rowling.