London, South Kensington
19 March 2008
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. [London:] Bloomsbury, 1997. 8°. Half title. Original white printed wrappers with central yellow band. UNCORRECTED PROOF, PRESENTATION COPY, the half title inscribed, "To Rosemary - the ideal dinner companion, with best wishes, J. K. Rowling."; with a PROOF FOR THE COVER OF THE FIRST HARDBACK EDITION, with variant lettering and blurb. The cover is priced at just £4.50.
The recipient of this copy was Rosemary Canter, agent for Thomas Taylor, the cover artist of the published work. The 'ideal dinner' was one held the evening before the opening of the 1998 Cheltenham Book Festival, at which J. K. Rowling appeared at the invitation of Rosemary Canter, who was Director of the Children's Section. Included in the lot is a 3-page signed autograph letter from Rosemary Canter in which she recalls their dinner, Rowling's appearance at the festival and the signing of the proof copy, and also gives her impressions of the author. (2)
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