"ONE OF THE FIRST TO HAVE READ THIS—SO I'M FLATTERED!": FIRST EDITION OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED BY J.K. ROWLING
ROWLING, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (London): Bloomsbury, (1998). Octavo, original pictorial paper boards, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $13,500.
First edition, first printing, of the second book in Rowling's phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, warmly inscribed on the the dedication page by her, "To N— who is one of the first to have read this—so I'm flattered! J. K. Rowling," a splendid copy.
"A marriage of good writing, inventiveness and sheer child appeal that has not been seen since Roald Dahl, perhaps even since Tolkien, Lewis and Ransome," Rowling's extraordinarily popular series has become a classic praised by children, teachers and parents (The Times). When this, Rowling's second book, first saw print in 1998, "Bloomsbury was a little less cautious" than they had been when they published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone the previous year, "but the first printing was still miniscule, considering the demand. Estimates range between 1000 and 2000 copies… They have been notably scarce" (Smiley, 52). Due to Rowling's decreasing number of personal appearances as the series continued, signed and inscribed copies of the Potter books are rare and desirable. First edition, first issue with full number line, without "First Edition" on copyright page. With two rear leaves of publisher's advertisements. First issue dust jacket price of £10.99, front flap containing: paragraph 5, lines 1-2, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" not italicized; paragraph 5, line 7, "Tom El-Shawk Age 11" with no comma after name, capital "A"; paragraph 6, line 1, "Harry Potter" not italicized; paragraph 6, line 7, "Katrina Farrant Age 10" with no comma after name, capital "A."
A fine inscribed copy.