New York: Arthur A. Levine Books / An Imprint of Scholastic Press. 1999. First American Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. First American Edition. Crown Octavo, original green boards stamped with a diamond pattern in blind, purple cloth spine titled in dark green, orange endpapers. 435 pp., Illustrated throughout by Mary Grandpré. The correct first printing, with the full number line (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 9/9 0/0 1 2 3 4), and "Printed in the USA 37 / First American Edition, October 1999" on copyright page. A fine unread copy in a fine dust jacket, price corner ($19.95) intact. Accompanied by an unused bookplate SIGNED BY ROWLING and a letter on Rowling's illustrated letterhead, unsigned: "BY OWL POST" . Addressed to Ira and Susie Greene, North Idaho Botanicals, dated March 13th, 2000. "Dear Ira and Susie, Thank you for your letter dated 16th February with the enclosed book plates. I wish you the best of luck with your competition that you are organising and enclose the book plates signed. Yours sincerely, JK Rowling". One bookplate is included with this letter, which is printed on paper watermarked with a lightning bolt background; the bookplate and the book accompanied each other as a prize in a competition held by the Greenes, who were holistic health practitioners. Rowling sent out "BY OWL POST" letters for a short time in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Fine Book in Fine Dust jacket, the letter and bookplate also are fine. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #311686
The third Harry Potter book, published in the United Kingdom on 8 July 1999 by Bloomsbury and in the United States on 8 September 1999 by Scholastic. The fourth book in the series, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, was released in both countries on 8 July 2000.