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
- Features a quote from The Guardian on the back cover.
- Displays a white or cream ISBN box with two barcodes, a larger and a smaller.
- The smaller barcode displays the numbers 51695 above it.
- The spine lists the author as "J.K. Rowling" (the "J.K." is dropped later)
- No year badge appears on the spine
- The price, found on the upper right corner of the front flap, is $16.95
- "Harry Potter" is printed in raised, gold text
(first through fifth printings)
- was issued mid-way through the first printing and went through the fifth printing.
Third-state dust jacket
- Identical to the first-state, except the quote on the back is now from Publishers Weekly.
- was introduced during the sixth printing.
Fourth-state dust jacket
- Identical to the second-state, except the "J.K." is dropped and the spine simply states "Rowling."
- was issued somewhere around the first price bump, between the 19th and 25th printings.
Fifth-state dust jacket
- Identical to the third-state, except the price is now $17.95 on the inner dust jacket flap, and above the small barcode on the back it now states 51795.
- was introduced shortly there after, showing the "Year 1" badge on the spine.
- Introduction of the "Year 1" badge on the spine. All else is the same.
Sixth-state dust jacket
- Identical to the fifth-state, except the ISBN box on the back cover is now red.
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."
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