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Potter, Hawking and the Hobbit

 25/01/2018

A rare Harry Potter book (worth £40,000) has been stolen from a Norfolk bookshop, as well as first editions of Winnie-the-Pooh, The Hobbit, a copy of Stephen Hawking's ‘A Brief History of Time,’ which was marked with the author's thumbprint and a signed first edition of The Colour of Magic, the first book in Terry Pratchett's popular Discworld series. 

"These books are very rare and in some cases unique and not the sort of thing you see every day," said Thetford Police Constable Gideon Weigelt-Holmes. “I am urging people, especially book dealers or those working in specialist book shops, to be vigilant in case they are offered for sale.” A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the most valuable book to have disappeared in the burglary. Only 500 copies were printed by Bloomsbury for the book's first run in 1997, with 300 sent to libraries.

Special editions of JK Rowling's books have fetched high prices in recent years. Last year, two first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were put on sale for a combined price of £10,000, while one of seven illustrated copies of her The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold at Sotheby’s for £368,750 in 2016.

Last month, a miniature one-off manuscript with drawings from Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone was valued at £120,000.

The police have released a full list of the books stolen in last week's heist:
* Hardcover Bloomsbury first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in a red custom box worth around £40,000.
* Hardcover signed first edition of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett worth around £9,000.
* Set of four first editions of Winnie-the-Pooh in a black custom box worth around £5,000.
* Hardcover first edition of The Hobbit from 1937 worth around £7,000.
* First impression of The Great Gatsby from 1925 in a dark blue custom case worth around £2,000.
* Paperback copy of Brief History of Time from 1983 with a thumbprint signature by Stephen Hawking.
* Two first editions of the Gunslinger by Stephen King worth around £2,000 each.
* Sketchbook from the 1820s-1840s by an unknown artist including pencil and water colour sketches.

Read the full article by The Telegraph 
 
A rare Harry Potter book (worth £40,000) has been stolen from a Norfolk bookshop, as well as first editions of Winnie-the-Pooh, The Hobbit, a copy of Stephen Hawking's ‘A Brief History of Time,’ which was marked with the author's thumbprint and a signed first edition of The Colour of Magic, the first book in Terry Pratchett's popular Discworld series.