By Jaycee Dugard

In the summertime of 1991 i used to be a standard child. I did common issues. I had buddies and a mom who enjoyed me. i used to be similar to you. until eventually the day my existence was once stolen.

For eighteen years i used to be a prisoner. i used to be an item for somebody to take advantage of and abuse.

For eighteen years i used to be no longer allowed to talk my very own identify. I grew to become a mom and was once pressured to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an very unlikely situation.

On August 26, 2009, I took my identify again. My identify is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t examine myself as a sufferer. I survived.

A Stolen existence is my story—in my very own phrases, in my very own means, precisely as I commit it to memory.

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Estimated at £8,000 to £12,000 it sold for a total of £9,750 (including buyer’s premium). The purchaser was a London bookdealer. Included with the piece was a letter, dated 1999, from the illustrator explaining that the image was scanned by the publisher and printed in an elongated state, which accounted for ‘the small difference in proportion from original to reproduction’. The original pencil and watercolour illustration by Thomas Taylor of Albus Dumbledore (that replaced the pipe-smoking wizard), measuring 442 by 285mm, was offered for sale at auction by Sotheby’s on 10 July 2001.

K. ’; [6] blank; [7]-223 text; [224] blank Paper: wove paper Running title: ‘HARRY POTTER’ (24mm) on verso, recto title comprises chapter title, pp. 8-223 Binding: pictorial boards. On spine: ‘[colour illustration of head of a wizard on white panel, 18 by 18mm] HARRY POTTER [in white on crimson panel, 18 by 47mm] and the Philosopher’s Stone [in light yellow] J. K. ROWLING [in dark yellow, both title conclusion and author on blue panel, 18 by 102mm] BLOOMSBURY [publisher’s device of the head of a dog, 3 by 4mm] [both in black on dark yellow panel, 18 by 37mm]’ (reading lengthways down spine).

A further blog, entitled ‘Harry Potter and the Mysterious Wizard’ (dated 20 June 2011) discusses the lower cover illustration of a wizard. The original picture was quickly replaced by a clearly recognizable illustration of Dumbledore, probably appearing first on the eighteenth impression. Taylor notes that ‘when I was commissioned by Barry Cunningham to produce the cover art for a debut middle grade novel by an unknown author… I was asked to provide “a wizard to decorate the back cover”. So I did.

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