Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets & Prisoner of Azkaban

First US Editions, Later Printings, Scholastic, All Signed and inscribed by J.K. Rowling ‘To Michael’

This is a set of the first three US books in the Harry Potter series, all inscribed ‘To Michael’ by J.K. Rowling on October 20th, 2000, in New York City. Ten Scholastic essay contest winners were invited to have lunch with Rowling, one of which was Michael Salka who these books are inscribed to. This very brief visit to New York was Rowling’s only meeting with Harry Potter fans in the United States in 2000. These books were sold by Michael himself to Adam Houston in 2022 who has since sold them to myself. Four photographs from the event are included, two photos show all 10 essay winners including Michael along with J.K. Rowling and another shows Michael’s mum reading to him with these exact three books at the foot of the bed. Michael’s mum passed away in 2022 which led him to sell the books. An amazing set, with a lovely story and fantastic provenance.

The Sorcerer’s Stone is a paperback 21st printing with an inscription that reads ‘To Michael, congratulations, J.K. Rowling.’

The Chamber of Secrets is a hardcover 22nd printing with an inscription that reads ‘To Michael, a good writer himself! J.K. Rowling.’

The Prisoner of Azkaban is a hardcover 7th printing with an inscription that reads ‘To Michael, don’t let those photographers get you down! J.K. Rowling.’

All books are in very good condition. Internally all three of the books are exceptionally clean, they have lovely crisp white pages with no marks, ownership inscriptions or writing of any kind. The first book, the paperback appears unread, with an incredibly tight and square binding. there is some minor damage to the base of the spine approx 1.5cm closed tear of the front cover and the first page. The second and third books are in very similar condition to each other, they both have a slight spine lean, pushed spine tips and base, some minor marks to the boards and some minor shelf wear but overall in very good condition. The dust jackets are both in near fine condition with no colour fading at all and just a minor touch of shelf wear.

All three inscriptions come fully authenticated by Adam Houston ‘theharrypotterspecialist’ the world’s leading expert in authenticating Jo’s signature. This set comes with a full authentication package including a letter of authenticity and collector card for each book along with four photographs from the event where the books were signed.


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