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A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the USA) has been stolen from SN Books in Norfolk by two men, who broke in sometime between between 11:50pm on 8th January and 1:30am on 9th January. It’s not the only rare book missing from the store. A first edition of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and a set of four Winnie-the-Pooh books have also been stolen, along with a signed first edition of The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, a first impression of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a copy of A Brief History of Time featuring a thumbprint signature from Professor Stephen Hawking, two editions of The Gunslinger by Stephen King worth £2,000 each, and a sketchbook from the early 1800s by an anonymous artist.
According to the Norfolk Police, the pilfered volumes are “not the sort of thing you see every day.”
Josh Laffar of SN Books said, “These books were a company asset which were going to go towards the staff to do with pay rises and increasing morale. Now these have been taken unfortunately none of these things can happen.”
PC Gideon Weigelt-Holmes from Norfolk Police is urging people to keep an eye out for the books. “I am urging people, especially book dealers or those working in specialist book shops, to be vigilant in case they are offered for sale.”
Sounds like the work of Deatheaters to me…or maybe a book-obsessed niffler.
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