"First published in Great Britain in 1999" is stated on the copyright page with full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" and the printer stated as "Clays Ltd, St Ives plc". The true first edition has "Joanne Rowling" on the copyright page and dropped text on page 7 (see photo). The boards are illustrated to match the dust jacket. The dust jacket has a price of £10.99 on the bottom corner of the front flap. There is a second state of the first edition that corrects the dropped text on page 7, and states "J.K. Rowling" on the copyright page. There is also a third state of the first edition that has the same changes as the second state, but the printer statement is removed on the copyright page and there are two pages of black and white advertisements in the rear of the book for the previous two books in the Harry Potter series.
Picture of the 1999 first edition dust jacket for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Picture of dust jacket where original £10.99 price is found for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Picture of the first edition Bloomsbury boards for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Page 7 on the true first edition has dropped text, which means that there is an incorrect line break resulting in part of the text incorrectly dropping down to the next line. The dropped text begins with "so much that she allowed herself to be caught".
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