JK Rowling's first book about the sorcerer boy was published on July 1, 1997, and a first hardcover edition signed is the Holy Grail of the Harry Potter books. With a print run of only 500 copies (300 of which went to libraries), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the rarest of the seven books. The first British edition is credited to Joanne Rowling (not JK) and has a print line reading 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Hardcover copies are known to sell for up to $55,000. A softcover copy recently sold in Dallas, TX for $19,120 and included an illustrated card signed by the author. In 1998, Scholastic published 30,000 copies of the book in the United States with the changed title of Harry Potter at the Sorcerer's School. The first editions bear the line "Printed in the United States"23 and "First American edition, October 1998". Autographed copies are available, as JK's first U.S. tour coincided with the release of Sorcerer's Stone.
Chamber of Secrets
When Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published in 1998, Jo Rowling was very interested in book tours and signatures, so more signed first editions are available. Therefore, a first hardcover edition will typically cost around $9,000, while softcovers will cost three figures. Many ardent American fans bought these editions online when they couldn't wait for the release of the American version in 1999.
Prisoner of azkaban
The price to watch in the early hardcover editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is joanne Rowling's name appearing on the copyright page. When the error was discovered, the race was stopped and the name was changed to JK Rowling before the end of the 500,000 race. Signed copies of this gem cost $12,000. The author was still doing a lot of tours and signings, but autographed copies, especially deluxe editions, can cost $5,000. JK toured the U.S. for three weeks in October shortly after the release of the U.S. edition.
Goblet of Fire
By the time Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in 2000, Jo Rowling had only done a four-day tour of England and so fewer signed books are available. This drives up the price of autographed copies and so, while the first editions of Goblet of Fire sell more than 5 million copies, signed copies command a bonus. Two small "manuals" were published in March 2001 – Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
The Order of the Phoenix
Finally, in June 2003, the fifth book was released in the United Kingdom and the United States. With an initial circulation of nearly 6.5 million copies in the United States alone, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix surpasses them all in length with 870 pages. The main signing event took place in Edinburgh in 2003 and the books at that time were in the four-digit range.
In July 2005 and the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, signatures were scarce and the few available cost around $5,000. The circulation of more than 10 million copies guarantees that the editions of this book will never have a great monetary value.
The last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in July 2007, and each book signed by JK Rowling comes with a holographic sticker of authenticity. Again, a huge print run makes this book readily available except for hard-to-find signed editions. The deluxe edition is a treat for collectors as it includes reproductions of Mary Grand Pre's art, an aluminum stamped case, and color cover pages with artwork from the commercial edition. In October, after a seven-year absence, Jo did another North American tour. A word of warning, this article is just a quick overview of the Harry Potter books. Before you spend large sums of money, do more research, check out sites that specialize in selling books and autographs. Buy what you like and not what you think will make you the most money. For more information, see Collecting first editions . For more information about collecting, see Collect Harry Potter stamps and Collect Harry Potter Lego