First edition, first impression of the first Harry Potter book. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in red morocco spine and front cover, purple morocco rear cover, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands, panel to front cover after the original cover design in coloured onlays with title and author's facsimile signature in gilt; rear cover gilt ruled with figure of Dumbledore in various coloured onlays with gilt and silver stars; ivory moiré silk doublures and endpapers; edges silver with hologram stars. Housed in a bespoke red cloth, felt lined, flat-backed solander case with titles in gilt to the spine. A superb example, the binding square and tight. The contents, with a few foxing spots to the edge of the early and last pages are otherwise fine throughout and without inscriptions or stamps.
With all the requisite first printing points: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, copyright Joanne Rowling, and the repeated "1 wand" on the list of equipment on p. 53. The first and scarcest of the Harry Potter books in a sumptuous binding.
Stock code: 22769