The first version of Harry Potter is more worth than anyone can imagine. If you are possessed by one, see yourself lucky. Because, there are many who are ready to pay any amount blindly to get one. Even if it is not a fair one, the wear and tear would not matter to having an original version of the book. Book lovers know the value of the books and do not bargain on the cost of the text. Readers are aware of the ability of imagination and therefore appreciate the original content and form. This reason triggers the hike in the price offered as rewards to acquire the first version of the Philosopher’s Stone. A copy has been found and ready to sell at the range of 20,000 to 30,000 Pounds.
Why is the price so high for a single book?
The demanding price is not considered unfair for the reason that only 500 copies of first version are printed in the whole world. Owning one among them irrespective of its condition is a privilege for any Harry Potter fan to be.
Does anyone from modern literary field support this hike demand in price?
Max Hasler, a modern specialist of first editions also supports the fact that the first edition do well deserve to be paid of cost 20,000 to 30,000 Pounds.
How to identify the first edition?
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was published in the month of June, 1997 in UK. The first edition is distinguishable from the later versions from the way it is published.
- The major identification is the line ’10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1’ and the crediting attributed to ‘Joanne Rowling’ rather than ‘JK’ in the first edition.
- The primary edition also has a black cover at the back with an image of young Dumbledore. Later editions’ back covers are projected Dumbledore with the long white beard.
According to Mr Hasler, there is a huge variation in the price of the first editions books sold in the market. It was ranged 6000 to 8000 Pounds seven years ago.
What reason he puts forward is that it is an age where people are looking for something to invest in. The major portion of the population is engaged with so much money that they are searching for some valuable things to invest in. This has led to an increasing rate in the market.
Although there is some wear and tear in the offered copy, it does not have much damage. The damage includes bumped corners, clipped extremities and laminate peeling. It is adjustable and not so great damage so that it affects the reading of the reader. Thus, he agrees to the demand the seller has put forward.
He also says that a fair and finest copy would worth about 60,000 to 80,000 of Pounds.
So, if anyone possessed with a copy and would like to sell, let it get communicated and obtain a fairly good amount of money. There is no need to compromise on the cost for the simple reason that there is a demand and an increase in supply cannot be done.