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J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel, and other British authors auction off annotated first editions

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(Read caption) A first-edition of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is the rarest of all the "Harry Potter" books because so few copies were printed for its first release.

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J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Philip Pullman, and other British authors will auction off first-edition copies of their books with annotations, illustrations, or commentaries about their stories to benefit the British writers’ organization English PEN.

The auction will take place May 21, with 50 British writers contributing first-edition copies of their works with some sort of additions. Pullman’s novel “Northern Lights,” known as “The Golden Compass” in America, will be sold as well as Helen Fielding’s novel “Bridget Jones’s Diary," Roald Dahl’s children’s book “Matilda,” and Mantel's "Wolf Hall."

Rowling is contributing the first book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US. As noted by Reuters, the book is the hardest to find of the "Harry Potter" series because it had the fewest copies released during its first printing.

Authors Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Nadine Gordimer, and Tom Stoppard are also participating, among others.


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