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Book Description

Indian-issue pirated edition; The text is lifted directly from the first edition, so all the Bloomsbury imprint and publication details are there, and the text reads exactly the same, page by page, word by word. But the paper is of poor quality and thin, so that a text block that was 4.5 cm. in the first edition, is 2.8 cm. here, with occasional bleed-through of the type. A near fine copy, with crease across lower front corner; spine bumped and a little creased at joints; pages toned (as one would expect). For comparison, we include a photo of it beside a real first edition (NOT for sale) showing the back covers.
Dealer Notes
On first glance it looks like an authorized paperback printing, then little things start to creep in, mostly on the covers: the fonts are wrong; the illustrations are muddy, and Harry looks distinctly chubbier; the publisher’s logo on the rear, which got cut off because the book is shorter than the original, is repeated, but they got the name wrong (“BloomsBury” instead of “Bloomsbury”); and they mis-spelled copyright (“Copy Right in India”)!
Book piracy is a huge problem in much of the world, sucking millions from legitimate publishers. “And the ease of publishing in the digital age has allowed pirating to spread like a bad rash across the book hungry third world …” according to a CBS News report.
Author J.K. Rowling
Date 2005
Binding Light card wrappers
Publisher “London: Bloomsbury” [i.e. India: unknown]
Condition Near fine
Pages 607 p.

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