As we queue up to check out the latest in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (being released July 31st), I figured we could take a look at the most recent reincarnation of the series: The Illustrated Editions.
The first in the illustrated series was published last year, and although I couldn't find print run numbers, you can bet it was high, as it was released pre-holidays. Likewise, the second in the series will be released this year—almost exactly a year after the Sorcerer's Stone. Scholastic & Bloomsbury plan on releasing a new illustrated HP title each year, with the final book being published in 2021.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Illustrated Edition)
by J.K. Rowling
Illustrations by Jim Kay
Published by Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic (October 6, 2015)
• The text of the book is taken from the original Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
, with only mentions of "the Philosopher's Stone" changed to the Americanized "Sorcerer's Stone." All other British spellings and terminology remain true to the U.K. edition.
• The book boards are red cloth with no difference in the spine which has silver text.
• The "Year 1" appears on the spine of both the dust jacket and the book.
• The size is 9.1" x 1.1" x 10.5"
• Original price: $39.99 USD
At the time of this post, first printings
(or "first editions thus") were listing in the range of $200 - $400 USD. Most listings, however, don't state the printing. On average, used copies are listing for $50 in very good condition (again, no printing is listed for these).
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)
by J.K. Rowling
Illustration by Jim Kay
Published by Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic (October 4, 2016)
The second book in the illustrated series is due out in October. List price is $39.99 USD.
You can take a sneak peak at some of the artwork here