"It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you": First Edition of Sula; Signed by Toni Morrison
London: Allen Lane, 1973.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
First edition of “one of Morrison’s most haunting works yet” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another": The Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison's Masterpiece Beloved; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
Early printing of the Everyman’s library of the author’s fourth novel and considered by many her finest. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Random House, 1999.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe": Dreams From My Father; SIGNED BY BARACK OBAMA and Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison
New York: Crown Publishers, 2004.
First edition, first printing of the 2004 reissue of the future President’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama and by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison on the title page. In discussing Dreams from Father, Morrison called Obama, “a writer in my high esteem” and the book “quite extraordinary.” She praised, “his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversation—all of these things that you don’t often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography…. It’s unique. It’s his. There are no other ones like that.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket collage by Steven Dana. In 2008 Obama was the first African American elected to President of the United States of America. In 1993 Toni Morrison was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. On May 29, 2012, President Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rare and desirable signed both Obama and Morrison.
First edition of John Hope Franklin's Reconstruction After the Civil War; inscribed by him to publishing pioneer Charles F. Harris
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1961.
First edition of the historian’s study of the Reconstruction era. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Charlie Harris, with the sincerest best wishes of John Hope Franklin.” The recipient, Charles F. Harris, was a pioneering African American publishing executive who began his publishing career at Doubleday & Company in 1956 where he launched the Zenith Book Series which produced volumes on African American history for elementary and high school students. In addition to editing works by John Hope Franklin, Robert Weaver, Rayford Logan, and Jim Brown, Harris founded Amistad Press Inc. in 1986 which published critical studies of the works of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the front panel.
"It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate": First Edition of Dreams From My Father; Lengthily Inscribed by Barack Obama
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1995.
First edition of this memoir by the 44th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Barack Obama on the half-title page, “To Ant- It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate. Thanks for your friendship, counsel and support! Warm Regards, Barack Obama.” The recipient worked with Obama in the Senate. Examples are usually encountered with just a signature, association copies of this magnitude are uncommon. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.