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The Albanian language, an Indo-European langage, is among the oldest in Europe and the world and is spoken by by around 5 million people who are mainly in and around the Balkans. Interestingly, Albanian has its own "branch" in the Indo-European family tree, meaning it cannot conclusively be related to any other Indo-European language. While the language itself is quite old, mention of the Albanian people appears relatively late, with the earliest known unarguable reference to this group of people dating to the 11th Century. The first mentions of the Albanian language occur in the 13th Century. In the 14th Century, Albanian texts are mentioned as well. 

To read more about the Albanian language, Click Here and Here.

The Albanian Potter books, translated by Amik Kasoruho, are increasingly becoming harder to find, even in Albania. There are 4 states of the 1st edition books (states being defined as having the same ISBN number among the books --ex: Book 1, 1st Edition, 1st State shares the same ISBN as the 1st Edition 2nd State). To my knowledge, there are no hardcover Albanian books that I'm aware of.

The Albanian Potter books do not have any known original cover art. The 1st State features the US book illustrations by Mary GrandPre; 2nd state features art of Sabine Wilharm from the 1st edition German books; 3rd state features Italian illustrations by Serena Riglietti (arguably though the Italian covers may have come before the German - I have reached out to the publisher to try and establish a timeline, but they've not replied). Of the 3 states, the 2nd seems to be the easiest found, while 1st and 3rd are both much harder to locate, with the 1st being more desired by collectors. The fourth state features the art of Jonny Duddle as first found on the Bloomsbury UK books.

1st Edition, 1st State

The first edition Albanian books are harder to find than the others and feature cover art from the US books, illustrated by Mary Grand Pre. All 7 books were published in this edition using this art, although I only have books 1 and 3. Also and very importantly, the subsequent Albanian books with other cover art have the same exact ISBNS, making them really not new editions but more later states of the 1st edition. Also due to the ISBN issue, using an ISBN to find any one particular cover of this translation is quite tricky. Multiple times I have seen ads showing MGP covers and upon receiving the books I purchased, I would the books with German covers, for example, and the sellers were not understanding why I'd want to return the books, saying, "it's the same book, just different cover - why do you care about the cover". SO while the Albanian books are around, they're tricky to search for if you're wanting specific covers. 

Harry Potter dhe guri filozofal

ISBN: 9992747633

1st Edition, 1st State Albanian Translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter dhe i burgosuri i Azkabanit

ISBN: 9992759038

1st State, 1st Edition Albanian Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

1st Edition, 2nd State

Arguably the 2nd state Albanian translations feature the art of Sabine Wilharm from the 1st edition German translations. This state as well as the 4th seem to the be the easier to find and acquire.

dhe guri filozofal

dhe Dhoma e te fshehtave

ISBN: 9992747633

ISBN: 9992747838

2nd State, 1st Edition Albanian Translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

dhe i burgosuri i Azkabanit

ISBN: 9992759038


dhe kupa e zjarrit

ISBN: 9992759267


dhe Princi Gjakpërzier

ISBN: 9789992759739


dhe Dhuratat e Vdekjes

ISBN: 9789994346202


dhe urdhri i Feniksit

ISBN: 9992759518


4th State


And lastly, all seven books were published with the Jonny Duddle art as well. I only have the first book simply because I have so many other books with Duddle art that I don't see the value in 6 more of them - especially since they're not rare or linguistically interesting (to my knowledge anyway). And like the other three states, the ISBNS are the same. Also interestingly, the copyright page on this book is almost identical to that of the Mary GrandPre book. 

ISBN: 9992747633

Tales of Beedle the Bard

Rrëfenjat e Bardit Bidëll

ISBN: 9789928217882


The Albanian Tales of Beedle the Bard was first translated (as far as I can tell) in 2018. The book features the 2017 Jonny Duddle cover art, which was first on the Bloomsbury UK version of Beedle.

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