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Beautiful Books: Collector’s Edition of Tales of Beedle the Bard

Today’s post is a little different. Instead of a review or a book tag or a long winded talk about my writing, I’m going to show you one of my most prized possessions. I have four things I would save in a fire (given that my family is safe, obviously)—my laptop (because it has my work in progress and some family photos on it), my signed Sarah J. Maas book (because it’s personalized and reminds me of meeting her), my childhood stuffed bear named Mr. Cuddles (because I’m very sentimental and don’t want to see him burn), and this…my Collector’s Edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

This edition is insane and is the best edition of a book I own. Only 100,000 copies were made and I was lucky enough to receive one as a graduation gift from my parents a couple of years ago. Every little detail of this book is beautiful.

Even the shipping was special. This came in a box with “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” written along the sides and “Attention Muggles—Do Not Deliver Or Open Before December 4!”

What makes this edition so special? Besides the obvious beauty, this edition is a replica of the six handwritten editions J.K. made for “those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books” and the one she made for charity, which sold for £1.95 million in 2007. The inside of the large textbook style book box that holds the Tales is lined with black velvet and the actual edition of the Tales sits inside a red velvet pouch with gold ties and J.K.’s signature stitched in gold thread. It’s beautiful.

Held in a pocket on the side of the large book box are ten reproductions of illustrations drawn by J.K. herself that aren’t in the original. The woman can do everything! My personal favorite is the one from The Fountain of Fair Fortune (the first one). Take a look at how good they are.

 

This Tales of Beedle the Bard is striking and like something out of the Restricted Section of the library. It’s something out of my dreams, really. The pebbled brown leather, the metal skull and corners, the clasp…excuse me, I’m drooling.

Inside is a reproduction of J.K.’s handwritten introduction and a green ribbon bookmark. Every story is printed in blue ink and in a font that adds even more of a magical and whimsical element to reading this edition.

 

I hoped you enjoyed looking over this magnificent edition with me. Thanks for reading!

Madison

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