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First Editions: A Guide To Identification aggregates the statements of selected North American, British Commonwealth, and Irish publishers on their methods of designating first editions. An edition refers to all copies of a book printed at any time from one typeset and without significant changes. In the case of the Harry Potter series, the first edition of the first book was a hardcover book published by Bloomsbury in the UK. Nearly all book collectors are only interested in purchasing a first edition, first printing copy of a book. In theory, this is because, the earliest copies are closest to the authors true intent, without changes. However, they're also harder to come by and, thus, more valuable. In other words, it's just more fun that way. For many of us, being a book collector (as opposed to just a book reader) is as much about the thrill of the hunt as anything else. The guide has also been expanded to include over 550 publishers and publishers imprints not appearing in the first edition, for a total of nearly 1700 trade and academic publishers in the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


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