I’ve decided to do monthly posts featuring editions that I like of books I’ve come across or have bought over the years. Last month I did, Dragon Sword and Wind Child. This month it’s everyone’s favorite wizard!
Harry Potter has come out in so many different editions now, it’s almost hard to keep track. But for fans of the original hardback, like me, the deluxe collector’s editions are a treat! This deluxe edition for the Order of the Phoenix seems to have been published in 2003 along with the regular hardcovers. I’ve come across deluxe editions for the Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. As far as I’ve been able to find out the first four books were not released in this format.
This edition is basically the original U.S. standard hardback in a cardboard slipcase with the original artwork. If you love slipcases like me, this edition is really great!
Here’s a better look at the slipcase
The top of the slipcase has J.K. Rowling’s signature printed onto it.
The dust jacket has different artwork featuring 12 Grimmauld Place, Hedwig and a few wizards flying on their brooms. A better look at this artwork can be found here. This is really beautiful and for me its one of the best from Mary Grandpre.
The book, which like the original has a glued binding, has endpapers both at the front and back with the same illustration on the slipcase making the standard hardcover a little nicer to thumb through.
Overall, this design has nothing too out of the ordinary and might not be the best. However, for those who love the original artwork and also love books in slipcases, this is a must. I doubt these books are printed on acid-free paper so we’ll see how the pages hold up over time. From what I’ve seen my paperbacks have yellowed considerably over the years and my hardbacks so far have not, although they are fairly newer.
Another thing that would’ve been a nice touch for a supposed collectors edition would’ve been a ribbon book marker attached to it.
Has anyone seen or bought these editions before? Which is your favorite edition?