1st issues of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

1st issues of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 13th October 2020

Harry Potter book used to teach English valued at £30k

Jim Spencer with the copy

Jim Spencer said “true first issues” of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone “are seriously scarce”

A rare Harry Potter first edition which was used by a father to help his children learn English is set to fetch up to £30,000 at auction.

The copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had been on a bookshelf for 21 years and is one of only 500 hardcover first editions of the novel.

It was purchased by a retired British expat, who lives in Luxembourg.

He plans to use money from the sale to pay off his daughter’s student loans.

The vendor, who wants to remain anonymous, said he had bought the book for his children about 18 months after it was first published.

The book was posted to Hansons Auctioneers in a tea towel

“I needed English books to read to my three children at bedtime as I was on a mission to teach them my native language from an early age,” he said.

“Their mother is Luxembourgish and they were going to state schools here in Luxembourg, so I needed to make a bit of an effort.”

After deciding to re-read the series a few months ago, he realised it was a first edition, as it has a duplication of ‘1 wand’ on page 53 and an issue number of “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”.

The seller posted the book to Hansons Auctioneers, in Staffordshire, wrapped in a tea towel.

The novel will go under the hammer today, 13 October.

Hansons Auctioneers books expert Jim Spencer said: “True first issues are seriously scarce.

“Only 500 were printed, 300 of which were sent to schools and libraries. This is extra rare because it’s one of the remaining 200.”

The vendor’s children also stuck some pictures from the first film in the book.

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GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

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LOVE IS…

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WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …

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SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD

I am grateful for al the comedy in the world.

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FIM

And Now for Something Completely Different is a 1971 British sketch comedy film based on the television comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus featuring sketches from the show’s first two series. The title was taken from a catchphrase used in the television show.

 

The film, released on 28 September 1971 in the United Kingdom, consists of 90 minutes of sketches seen in the first two series of the television show. All of the sketches were recreated for the film without an audience, and were intended for an American audience which had not yet seen the series. The announcer (John Cleese) appears briefly between some sketches to deliver the line “and now for something completely different”, in situations such as being roasted on a spit and lying on top of a desk in a small pink bikini.

The film’s budget was £80,000, 40% of which came from Lownes. This is self-referentially acknowledged in the film’s Killer Cars animation; the voiceover narration (done by Eric Idle) mentions “a scene of such spectacular proportions that it could never in your life be seen in a low-budget film like this… if you notice, my mouth isn’t moving, either”. The film was shot on location in England and inside an abandoned dairy (rather than on a more costly soundstage) during the final months of 1970. The budget was so low that some effects seen on the television series could not be repeated in the film.

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