Bloomsbury Publishing has revealed the cover of the illustrated edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front cover image shows Harry Potter beside the majestic Hogwarts Express.
Published globally on 6th October 2015 this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K.
The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread.
The illustrated edition will be published in more than 21 languages around the world.
Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year.
“It is stunning…with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”
The Harry Potter novels have now sold approximately 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 78 languages.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was voted the nation’s favourite children’s book in a 2013 poll by reading charity Booktrust.