“Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it": First Edition of Jazz; Signed by the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison
Item Number: 899
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
First edition of the author’s sixth novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by R.D. Scudellari.
In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. It is a passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.
Other Books by this Author
“For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it”: First Edition of Song of Solomon; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.
First edition of the author’s third book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. A very nice example.
“Love is never any better than the lover": First Edition of Toni Morrison's First Book The Bluest Eye; Signed by her
New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston, 1970.
First edition of Morrison’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. From the library of Lynn Nesbit, who served as Toni Morrison’s literary agent for a number of years. In 1965, Nesbit created the literary department for what later became International Creative Management. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the $5.95 price and 1070 on the bottom of front flap, with a single closed tear. Dust jacket design by Herb Lubalin and Jay Tribich. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example with noted provenance.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
First edition of Toni Morrison’s Nobel Lecture. Small octavo, original red cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the front free endpaper. In fine condition, issued without a dust jacket.
“Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all”: First Edition of The Journey to Beloved; Signed by Toni Morrison
New York: Hyperion, 1997.
First edition. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Signed by Toni Morrison on the half title page. In fine condition. Details the making of Beloved, starring Oprah Winfrey. Photographs by Ken Regan.
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.
"IF YOU ONLY READ THE BOOKS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS READING, YOU CAN ONLY THINK WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS THINKING": First Editions of Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed by Haruki Murakami
London: Harvill, 2000.
First editions of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box. Translated by Jay Rubin.
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!": First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak with a Drawing Of Mickey Mouse
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Inscribed by Maurice Sendak with a drawing of Mickey Mouse on the half-title page, “For David, Hi! Maurice Sendak May ’80.” It was Walt Disney’s 1940 feature film Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse, that inspired 12-year old Maurice Sendak to become a cartoonist. Born the same year that the famous anthropomorphic cartoon character made his first appearance in the the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie, Sendak described Mickey Mouse as “the emblem of happiness and funniness [and] the little brother I always wanted” (Romano, 2012). One of the most avid collectors of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, Sendak has noted that early appearances of Mickey in both film and collectible figurines had teeth, which were later omitted as his character became more popular and his more cruel tendencies were transferred to other characters. Sendak’s characters, with plenty of teeth, came to embody not just the adorable and benevolent, but the frightening and dangerous; evoking feelings in the children who read his stories quite unlike those encouraged by the typical illustrated children’s tale. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. This is the correct first state of the dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott award, and a $3.50 price at top of front flap. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in this condition and with a drawing of the character that inspired Sendak’s career, Mickey Mouse.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine. A very nice example.
"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.