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The 10 Rarest Books in the World

By Becky Ferreira Apr 26, 2013

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Albus Dumbledore bequeaths a first edition copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to Hermione Granger. The book is described as a popular collection of folktales about wizards and witches, and it becomes instrumental to the plot of the final Potter adventure. As a thank you gift to the people most involved in her success, Rowling decided to write and illustrate this book in real life. She produced 7 handmade copies bound with Moroccan leather and decked out in silver and jewels, calling them the "Moonstone editions." 6 copies went to the "key people" who helped her on her way, while she sold the 7th for $3.98 million, as a benefit for the Children's Voice charity.

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Becky Ferreira

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