First Edition Points and Criteria for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.)

Year Published: 1999
Author Last Name: Rowling
Author First Name: J.K.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Original Price: $19.95
Pages: 435

The copyright page has the full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1     9/9 0/0 1 2 3 4". Below the number line is "Printed in the U.S.A. 37", and below that is "First American edition, October 1999." Boards are aquamarine with an embossed diamond pattern, and a purple cloth spine. The dust jacket has a $19.95 price on the upper corner of the front flap. The dust jacket back has a red bar code field on the bottom right side, and a blurb on the top that says "Sequel to the #1 New York Times Bestseller HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS". The first printing has a YEAR 3 badge on the upper spine of both the book and the dust jacket. This is the first novel in the Harry Potter series to carry the badge when first issued.

Picture of the 1999 first edition dust jacket for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Picture of the 1999 first edition dust jacket for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

Picture of dust jacket where original $19.95 price is found for Harry Potter and the
Picture of dust jacket where original $19.95 price is found for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

Picture of the first edition Scholastic Press boards for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Picture of the first edition Scholastic Press boards for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Harry Potter and the
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

Identification picture of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (U.S.).

The first printing has a YEAR 3 badge on the upper spine of both the book and the dust
The first printing has a YEAR 3 badge on the upper spine of both the book and the dust jacket. This is the first novel in the Harry Potter series to carry the badge when first issued.



Other first edition points for books by J.K. Rowling include: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (U.S.), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (U.S.), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (U.S.), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (U.S.), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (U.S.), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (U.S.), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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