Beetle Bard!

In December, 2007, Amazon.com purchased one of only seven copies of the book in exsistence. From their site:

Amazon has purchased J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard at an auction held by Sotheby’s in London. The book of five wizarding fairy tales, referenced in the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is one of only seven handmade copies in existence. The purchase price was £1,950,000, and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children’s Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by the bard herself–all 157 pages of it. It’s bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

The titles of the five tales are:

1. “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”
2. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”
3. “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”
4. “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”
5. “The Tale of the Three Brothers”

Amazon.com has also posted more pictures plus a short synopsis and review of each story; because there are spoilers included, I won’t give more information here. If you’re interested in reading the reveiws, be sure to follow the link.