Thursday, July 31

Rowling Beedle the Bard Charity Sale

J K Rowling Signed Beedle the Bard

First Edition Books - J K Rowling - "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"

After finishing the Harry Potter series, J.K Rowling wrote "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (see Carousel in left-hand column), she has now signed over her royalties in it to the Children's High Level Group charity, which she co-founded, and which supports institutionalized children. It is hoped that the book will raise in the region of $8 million for the charity.

(Handwritten edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard on auction at Sotheby's)

J.K. Rowling refers to the book, which is a collection of tales on wizards and wizardy, in her Harry Potter books. The first editions of the book were seven handwritten copies. Six of these copies were given away as gifts, the seventh was auctioned off and was purchased by retailer Amazon in December for almost $4 million.

Miss Rowling said the new edition would include illustrations and an introduction done by herself. "

Publication date for the book is December 4th. It will be published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US. Amazon also has plans to produce a leather-bound collectors' edition of 100,000 copies for $100.

The Bloomsbury edition priced at £6.99 and the Scholastic edition priced at $12.99, will include a commentary on each fairy tale from Albus Dumbledore.

The handwritten autographed first editions of the Tales of Beedle the Bard are extensively illustrated by J.K Rowling herself. It is "bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones".

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" are, according to Rowling, a "distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books", and she says it represents a goodbye to the world she has inhabited for the last 17 years.

It is worth bearing in mind that a copy of the proof of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is on offer at ABE books at the moment for almost $500,000. so first editions books are generally a wise investment

Friday, June 20

Auction of First Edition Books

First Edition Books - Auction of First Edition Books

If you are interested in First Edition Books and manuscripts you will want to check out Bloomsbury Auctions. Bloomsbury Auctions' will be auctioning 500 selected children's books, original illustration artwork, library sets, early printed books and fine art books, along with a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century literature.

There will be original illustrations including illustrated books and original artwork by Arthur Rackham, including "Three Children Picking Berries" (guide $15,000-$20,000). Other children's illustrators include Kate Greenaway, Hoops (guide $8,000-$12,000), and E. H. Shephard's The Morning Walk (guide $15,000-$25,000) and other children's first editions for auction by Maurice Sendak, Frank L. Baum and A.A. Milne.

The second half of the auction includes early printed books, art books, and private press. Among the highlights are a first edition, first print of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (guide $4,000-$6,000), and a first editions, first print of The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell (guide $2,000- $3,000) and much more...

"We are pleased to present our second Bibliophile sale of the season," says Peter Costanzo, Bloomsbury Auctions. "With such a wide range of material at desirable price points, the Bibliophile sale creates a forum in which the first-time bidder and the experienced collector come together to celebrate their love of books."

Viewings will be held in New York from June 21st to June 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Sunday. The auction is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th starting promptly at 10:00 am, and a second session at 2:00 pm. Visit (click on New York) to view the catalogue or to phone them as the links don’t seem to be working.