Bloomsbury Academic has published a bibliography of J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, by Sotheby’s director for children’s books Philip Errington.
The aim of J K Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013, is to “record fact and dispel rumour on the fascinating publishing history of the Harry Potter series”, said Bloomsbury. It contains bibliographic details of each edition of all her books, pamphlets and original contributions to published works, as well as extracts from her correspondence.
The book has been published as a PDF e-book, with 122 colour images, priced at £64.99.
According to the Guardian, the bibliography includes a letter from Rowling to editor Emma Matthewson about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which says: “I’ve read this book so much I’m sick of it, I never read either of the others over and over again when editing them, but I really had to this time… If you think it needs more work, I’m willing and able, but I do think this draft represents an improvement on the first; the dementors are much more of a presence this time round, I think.”
Matthewson later replied, saying the book is “just great Jo – quite a huge, teetering tottering plot that never quite falls down! What a feat!”
Bloomsbury said the book is the “definitive bibliography” of J K Rowling, and will be use by textual scholars, book dealers and collectors, auction houses, critics and researchers.
Author Errington said: “There is a lot of incorrect information out there and this is a chance to set the record straight with detailed research. I’m very fortunate that Bloomsbury let me into their archives, and that I was able to interview key people. This could act as a map for the future … you can see how the Harry Potter series just took off.”