The Art of Darkness

Collector’s Edition Beedle the Bard

August 5th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Beedle the BardIn 2007 author J.K. Rowling created seven copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a work referenced in the final Harry Potter book. She gave six to people who were deeply involved with the Potter series and auctioned off the seventh for charity. It was ultimately purchased by for nearly $4 million. Part of the cachet of the books was that there were only ever going to be seven in existence.

Uh huh.

You will perhaps not be shocked to learn that the book is now going to be published and widely available. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon now. The standard edition will feature the five stories and several illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book, plus commentary on each of the tales “by Professor Albus Dumbledore.” (Isn’t he dead?)

There will also be a collector’s edition which more closely replicates the design of the original books, including the cool skull on the cover and all the metal clasps. Yours for a mere $100.

The book is very pretty. I’m nowhere near sufficiently Potterphilic to buy one, but it might be fun to decorate a blank leather journal with similar hardware.

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