London: Bloomsbury, 1998. [Children's Classic] EARLY IMPRESSION, the twelfth. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.223 . Publisher's paper-covered boards illustrated by Thomas Taylor, with matching dust-jacket priced at £10.99, showing the 'young wizard' to spine and rear panel. 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' is listed as 'also available' to verso of half-title. Lightly browned, as usual. A fine copy. The iconic Children's book of modern times, and increasingly one of the high spots of modern book collecting, the first hardback printing of this title is now virtually unobtainable. Later states of the book show an 'old wizard' with flowing white hair to the spine and rear panel. Item #54237
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