Only known surviving proofs of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone expected to fetch £30K at auction

The proofs of the first Harry Potter book, which have never been seen before, will go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions’ Fine Books and Works on Paper sale next Thursday.

The only known surviving set of early proofs of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are expected to fetch up to £30,000 at auction.

The proofs of the first Harry Potter book, which have never been seen before, will go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions’ Fine Books and Works on Paper sale in London next Thursday.

They are a galley proof or galley sheet which is the version of a book before final proofreading and is often used for promotional purposes.

Early proofs of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are expected to fetch up to £30,000 at auction. Credit: Chiswick Auctions / SWNS

These proofs, which consist of 224 numbered pages on 109 sheets, were sent from Rosamund Walker, the Marketing Manager of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, to Fiona Waters, the children’s book reviewer.

Ms Waters lavished praise on JK Rowling’s hit novel, saying in her reply: “Dear Roz ….I just loved this book…..There is something about Harry Potter that reminds me of Charlie Buckett in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…”.

The quote was used on the back of the back of the earliest edition of the book that was ever printed later that year.

Ms Walker’s reply to Fiona Waters reads: “Dear Fiona ….I can’t tell you how nice it is to hear such praise for Harry Potter and I am sure the author will be most flattered with the allusion to Charlie Buckett”.

A first edition paperback of the book, signed by JK Rowling, is also set to go on sale.

The proofs of the first Harry Potter book, which have never been seen before, will go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions Fine Books and Works on Paper sale in London next Thursday. Credit: Chiswick Auctions / SWNS

The copy, which is in good condition and comes with a letter of authenticity from Harry Potter specialist Adam Houston, is expected to fetch up to £28,000.

A set of first edition copies of all seven Harry Potter books, which were all signed by JK Rowling and remain in top condition, are also expected to fetch up to £28,000.

A complete set of first edition James Bond novels by revered author Ian Fleming could fetch up to £60,000 at the sale.

Clive Moss, Head of Chiswick Auctions Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper department said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a fascinating insight into what was to become an iconic work in the history of literature.

Early proofs of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Credit: Chiswick Auctions / SWNS

“This copy is not mentioned in the definitive bibliography by Philip W. Errington, which records all of the activity of the works of JK Rowling.

“Therefore, these are the only known surviving set of galley sheets that have been seen or offered for sale on the open market.

“This sale is a fantastic opportunity to attain some of the most iconic works in first edition.

“These rare works celebrate literature and demonstrate the current strength of the market for first editions, as well as literary works, in good condition and with excellent provenance.”

These proofs, which consist of 224 numbered pages on 109 sheets, were sent from Rosamund Walker, the Marketing Manager of Bloomsbury Children's Books, to Fiona Waters, the children’s book reviewer. Credit: Chiswick Auctions / SWNS

The sellers wanted to remain anonymous but Mr Moss added: “Most of these lots have been consigned by different people for a variety of reasons.

“Some have just realised that they are holding an item of value, some feel the market for them is right, another wants it to help towards a property purchase.

“Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are a phenomenon, that keeps on giving and helping people in many ways”