First edition Harry Potter book set to sell for thousands at Tennants

A first edition of a Harry Potter book is estimated to sell for up to £6,000 when it goes under the hammer at Tennants later this month.

Two first edition copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be auctioned off.

A 1997 copy is estimated to go for between £4,000 and £6,000 while a further copy of the same volume could go for up to £3,000.

In the same books, maps and manuscripts Sale on November 23, a 1911 first edition of Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie is offered with an estimate of £1,500-£2,500, and a 1931 volume of Aesop’s Fables, published by The Gregynog Press, is offered with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

At the same sale a collection of opera scores and books from the Library of the late 7th Earl of Harewood are to be sold.

George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood (1923-2011) was a music lover with a particular passion for opera; during a long career he was director of the Royal Opera House, chairman of the board of the English National Opera, managing director of both the English National Opera and the English National Opera North, and Governor of the BBC.

Following his death, part of his library was donated by the late Lady Harewood to Opera North, and whilst the majority of the collection is being retained by the company, many exciting lots are now up for auction, offering a rare opportunity to buy a piece of this wonderful collection.

Highlights from the collection include a vocal score for ‘Carmen’ by Georges Bizet, inscribed and signed by the composer (estimate: £300-500 plus buyer’s premium), a signed copy of a limited edition copy of Benjamin Brittain’s ‘Gloriana’ (estimate: £500-800), and a copy of Brittain’s ‘Sonata in C for Cello from 1961, inscribed after its first performance by the star cellist and dedicatee of the work Mstislav Rostropovic ‘To Lady and Lord Harewood, As a souvenir of the first performance of this wonderful work. With warmest love hoping for more frequent reunions, Mstislav Rostropovic’ (estimate: £200-400).

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available at www.tennants.co.uk.