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Rare signed Harry Potter Braille book goes on sale for sight loss charity

December 14, 2016

A press release:

 

Harry Potter fans and rare book collectors are being offered the chance to get their hands on a signed Braille edition of the first book in the famous series.

Author J.K. Rowling signed all five volumes of the special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which has been produced by the Scottish Braille Press in Edinburgh.

It is believed to be the only signed Braille edition in the UK.

Now the book has gone on sale for £3,500 through retailer Blackwell UK to raise money for sight loss charity, Royal Blind.

A spokesperson for Blackwell UK said: “Blackwell’s Rare Books are delighted to be helping Royal Blind with the sale of what is a very special copy of this book, signed 5 times by the author – we are not aware of any other signed Braille editions of the Harry Potter books having been on the market in the UK before, and this represents a unique opportunity for collectors of the series.”

Royal Blind is based in Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling famously wrote the Harry Potter books.

She previously supported the charity by unveiling a new library at the Royal Blind School in 2000 and by visiting the Scottish Braille Press, which is also run by the charity, in 1997.

Davina Shiell, Royal Blind Marketing and Fundraising Manager, said sale of the book would be a fantastic boost for the charity.

She said: “We’re extremely grateful to J.K. Rowling for signing this very special Braille edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and to Blackwell’s for their support.

“This is a fantastic collector’s item that is truly one-of-a-kind and all the money raised will contribute to the work Royal Blind does supporting visually impaired children and adults across Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Royal Blind is Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, running several services including the Royal Blind School in Morningside, Edinburgh.

Find out more about the Braille edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here: https://www.blackwell.co.uk/rarebooks/book.php?id=58790

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