Complete set of the Deluxe English edition of the Harry Potter series, signed by J.K. Rowling in the Philosopher’s Stone on the Bloomsbury bookplate.
Octavo, [seven volumes]. Original gilt-stamped cloth, title in gilt on spines. One mounted cover illustration in full color per volume. Ribbon bookmark sewn-in at center of text blocks. All first edition, first printings, with applicable number line or statement on copyright page. All fine examples, with a touch of shelf wear to cloth on Volumes I, II, and IV. Volumes VI and VII remain untouched in the original shrink-wrap. An exceptional set, rarely complete. Signed by the author on the publisher’s bookplate, affixed to front endpaper of The Philosopher’s Stone. (Errington A1(d), A2(e), A7(c), A9(b), A12(c), A13(b), A14(aaa))
The Deluxe English edition of Harry Potter, also recognized as the “Children’s Artwork Series in Deluxe Hardback,” was created to cater to the gifting market. Founder and CEO of Bloomsbury Publishing, Nigel Newton, states that the Harry Potter series was well fit for the gift market, with the box set “widening each time” a new book was released. In 2013, Newton commented: “Now that the series is complete it’s very much in demand and one of our biggest Harry Potter offerings.” (Errington p. 15)