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When examining a second, third, fourth, or fifth paperback printing of Philosopher’s Stone, there are multiple issue points present.


Copyright page:

  • The number line on the copyright page ends in 2, 3, 4, or 5 (ex. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2)

  • The full name, Joanne Rowling, is printed

  • The cover copyright illustration is printed as Thomas Taylor1997 with no space between Taylor and 1997



  • The phrase "1 wand" is listed once on the “Other Equipment” list found on page 53

  • Asterisk added under "said Hagrid" on page 53


Front cover:

  • The cover includes a quote that reads  “A terrific read and a stunning first novel" Wendy Cooling


Back cover:

  • The words "Witchcraft and Wizardry" are printed correctly

  • The Philosopher's spelling error (see first printing issue points) has been corrected

  • The picture present is that of a young Dumbledore

Second-Fifth Print Issue Points 

Philosopher's Stone (Paperback)

Front Cover Issue Points

Front Cover Issue Points

Back Cover Issue Points

Back Cover Issue Points

Copyright Page Issue Points

Copyright Page Issue Points

Internal Issue Points

Internal Issue Points

Do Judge A Book By Its Back Cover

(Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)



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