The Various Dust Jacket States of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Of some confusion, when people ask me about the value of their Harry Potter books (for which, I must reiterate that I am not an appraiser), are the various dust jackets that accompany Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

There are indeed a number of different dust jacket variations for the "First American edition," although the first four or five are the ones that best mark the book's value and time line.

First-state dust jacket (first printing only)
- was released with the first issue / first printing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, 1998).

Second-state dust jacket (first through fifth printings)
- was issued mid-way through the first printing and went through the fifth printing.

Third-state dust jacket
- was introduced during the sixth printing.

Fourth-state dust jacket
- was issued somewhere around the first price bump, between the 19th and 25th printings.

Fifth-state dust jacket
- was introduced shortly there after, showing the "Year 1" badge on the spine.

Sixth-state dust jacket

Most collectors are looking for earlier printings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, so won't be interested in books with third, fourth, fifth, or sixth state dust jackets. That said, the sixth printing (& third state dj) is a bit of a novelty since it did not have diamond stamped purple boards (but that's another post altogether). Value-wise, the first printing with the first-state dust jacket is the big-ticket item for the "First American edition."

I go into this with a little more detail in What is My Harry Potter Worth? (PDF) offered as a free eBook download.

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