Czech

Not Pictured: 1st State, 1st Edition Czech. This book looks very similar tot he 2nd state, with the exception that "Harry Potter" font doesn't mimic that found on many of the books now and the placement of the remaining title; there are other very small issues, but these two are the most noticeable. Front what I've been told by those in the Czech Republic, the 1st State was distributed mostly to libraries, which explains why the few copies I've seen have seen many better days. Hopefully one day soonish, I can get myself a copy of this 1st State.

 

1st Edition, 2nd State Czech translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Albatros. This edition was sent out to libraries and bookstores, and most were well read, which explains the usually shoddy condition these editions are found in. My copy was obtained from a library sale in the Czech Republic. This particular edition has Harry holding the black top hat instead of the Wizard's hat found in the copy below, which is owned by Peter, The Potter Collector.

Title: Harry Potter a Kámen Mudrců
ISBN: 9788000007885 or 8000007886
Translator: Vladimír Medek
Format: Hardcover

Notes: 2nd State of 1st edition; Found usually at library sales within Czech Republic; rarely found online for sale.

Difficulty to Find Rating: 9, Very Hard

2nd Edition Czech translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Albatros. This edition is quickly becoming increasingly scarce as the translation collectors have  begun to look for and then pick up this book. That said, this is the easiest of the Pre-GrandPre Philosopher's Stone books to find. This cover art features changes the Sorting Hat from a strange Top Hat with red lips (b/c talking hat) to a more wizard-looking one. Harry with the Sorting Hat and is one of my favorite covers from the Potter series.

Title: Harry Potter a Kámen Mudrců
ISBN: 9788000009957 or 8000009951
Translator: Vladimír Medek
Format: Hardcover

Notes: 2nd Edition; Still somewhat hard to find, but easier than the 1st Edition

Difficulty to Find Rating: 8, Hard

3rd Edition Czech translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published by Albatros. The 1st and 2nd Edition Philosopher's Stone have very different cover art and are incredibly hard to find (see above). The Czech translations are so lovely and perfectly sized. They're definitely among my favorite translations. I can't wait to own the rest.

Title: Harry Potter a Kámen Mudrců
ISBN: 9788000011615
Translator: Vladimír Medek
Format: Hardcover

Notes: 3rd Edition; unsure if published in softcover; all 7 books published bearing GrandPre art

Difficulty to Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard

 

1st Edition of the Czech translation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. By the time Albatros began publishing the Chamber of Secrets translation, the the publisher had adopted the use of the GranePre cover art.

Title: Harry Potter a Tajemná Komnata
ISBN: 9788000008981 or 800000898X
Translator: Vladimír Medek
Format: Hardcover

Notes: Available with Orange/White "Harry Potter" lettering as well

Difficulty to Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard

 

1st Edition Czech translation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, published by Albatros. I bought this book early into my translation collecting. It was listed as a Russian translation, and I was so thrilled to find it was the harder to find Czech. While this translation isn't very valuable in comparison to some of the others, it is on the harder-to-find side, not necessarily because few were produced, but more than likely because the market for them is still emerging, which results in fewer buyers and sellers at this time. Also, there's more of a market for Philosopher's Stone translations as that's what most people collect for varying reasons. That said, the Potter translation market is definitely growing.

Title: Harry Potter a Vězeň z Azkabanu
ISBN: 9788000009513
Translator: Pavel Medek
Format: Hardcover

Difficulty to Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard

1st Edition Czech Translation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, published by Albatros. This translation came into my collection relatively. This lovely was published in 2001, which makes it a lovely, early copy :)

Title: Harry Potter a ohnivý pohár

ISBN: 8000009943

Translator: Vladimír Medek

Format: Hardcover

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard

1st Edition Czech Translation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, published by Albatros. This translation came into my collection relatively. This lovely was published in 2004.

Title: Harry Potter a Fénixův řád

ISBN: 8000009943

Translator: Pavel Medek

Format: Hardcover

Difficulty-to-Find Rating: 6, Somewhat Hard