Dating book editions

You’d be lucky to find a copy of the book that has been illustrated by Giles Greenfield.

The beautiful watercolour work on these volumes may also increase the value of your novel.

So do you have any of the novels lying around at home?

With the help of online book marketplace Abe Books, here’s how to spot if your old Harry Potter editions could make you any money.

A first edition of the second book in JK Rowling’s series probably won’t garner as much as The Philosopher’s Stone. All you need to do is look for the line number “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”.

This price will significantly increase if your copy has been signed by the author.

If the pagination of the original edition does not match that of the reprint, indicate the edition cited. Last November, a rare jewel-encrusted Harry Potter book was put up for £500,000 at auction.Although stumbling across such an unusual find is definitely not an everyday occurrence, there are plenty of popular books that can be high in value.Another tell-tale sign is that the issue will be credited to Joanne Rowling, the name the world-renowned author used before opting to use initials instead.On Abebooks, these volumes have fetched up to £39,700.

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TODAY marks 20 years since Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was first published.

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