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Man Jailed Over Theft of First Edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone
Posted by: Rosi
June 06, 2011, 02:15 PM

BBC News today reports the sentencing of Kevin McGirr, a 40-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges of stealing a rare first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. McGirr took the book--worth approximately £6,000 or about $9,800 US--from the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire back in October. The book was found "wrapped in a plastic bag outside a Boots store in Abingdon on 15 November".

Ordered at Banbury Magistrates' Court to pay both £250 compensation and £400 in legal costs, Kevin McGirr has been jailed for six weeks. Read the full article at this link on the BBC News website.

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11771 Points

kyrstalkris, it may be, as Madgerock suggests, one of the small first printing. (Bloomsbury didn’t realise quite how popular it was going to be!) I think there may have been some corrections, too, when they re-printed. You can tell when you’ve got the first edition of a book from information on the left hand page at the start – the sequences of numbers etc. There are websites that explain about this stuff. Some people get very excited about it! Possibly more excited than by actually reading the books!

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on June 09, 2011, 05:22 AM report to moderator
948 Points

wondering if he’s a hardcore fan or just a money concerned lunatic?
these special editions belong to JKR and us, devoted fans. They shouldn’t be owned by just one person (unless JK)!

Posted by Miss Weasley on June 10, 2011, 04:38 AM report to moderator
5389 Points

Gosh the kind of people nowadays

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on June 14, 2011, 12:23 PM report to moderator
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