J. K. ROWLING'S FIRST BOOK SINCE THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
AS FEATURED IN "HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS"
OUTER CASE DISGUISED AS A WIZARDING TEXTBOOK FROM THE HOGWARTS LIBRARY
METAL SKULL, CORNERS AND CLASP WITH REPLICA GEMSTONES
EXCLUSIVE REPRODUCTION OF J.K. ROWLING'S HANDWRITTEN INTRODUCTION
10 NEW ILLUSTRATIONS BY J.K. ROWLING - ONLY IN THIS BOOK
10 READY-FOR-FRAMING PRINTS OF J.K. ROWLING'S ILLUSTRATIONS
VELVET BAG EMBROIDERED WITH J.K. ROWLING'S SIGNATURE
EMERALD RIBBON BOOK MARK
Special Hardcover Limited Edition
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Children's High Level Group (4 Dec 2008)
Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 26.4 x 7.2 cm
If you or someone you know is a Harry Potter fan you need this book! The UK Collector's Edition hardcover book "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" by J. K. Rowling, brand new and factory sealed!
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published by The Children’s High Level Group (CHLG), registered charity number 1112575, a charity co-founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children. The Children's Voice campaign is run by CHLG. It campaigns for child rights across Europe, particularly in Eastern Europe where over a million children and teenagers are growing up in institutions, often in unacceptable conditions. In most cases they are without adequate human or emotional contact and stimulation, while many only just survive without life's basics such as adequate shelter and food. CHLG's Children's Voice campaign helps around a quarter of a million children each year through education activities; outreach work in institutions; and a dedicated telephone and email help line. It is estimated that $30 per unit from the sale of the Collector’s Edition will be donated to CHLG.
In December 2007, J.K. Rowling unveiled The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a very special book of five fairy tales illustrated by the bard herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. Now J.K. Rowling is giving millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide cause for celebration with a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard (available December 4, 2008). Offered here is a luxuriously packaged Collector’s Edition designed to evoke the spirit of the handcrafted original.
Tucked in its own case disguised as a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library, the Collector's Edition includes an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Opening the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon. As a special gift for fans, the Collector's edition also includes a set of 10 ready-for-framing prints of J.K. Rowling's illustrations, enclosed in a velvet-lined pocket in the lid of the outer case.
But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered "among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives," the venerable wizard's ruminations on the Tales allow today's readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that "Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles" during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters.
Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led "a certain Beatrix Bloxam" to cleanse the Tales of "much of the darker themes that she found distasteful," forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" that "many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead."
BONUS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: This book with also ship with a free hardback standard edition of Tales of Beedle the Bard so that you don't have to tarnish your Collector's Edition!
Here is a great treat for yourself or a wonderful present for anyone you know who loves the Harry Potter series!