Toni Morrison Collection: Signed first editions, review copies, uncorrected proofs. Toni Morrison.

Toni Morrison Collection: Signed first editions, review copies, uncorrected proofs

“Her lyrical writing is both magnificent and mystifying; she uses folklore, mythology, even the supernatural to tell her stories. But all her tales are journeys of discovery, for both author and reader. She dismisses the idea that her books have to be "universal." Yet her essential strength is that she uses the prism of the African-American and the female experience to force the rest of us to ask incisive and painful questions about ourselves.” - The New York Times

“One of our nation’s most celebrated novelists, Morrison is renowned for works such as Song of Solomon, Jazz, and Beloved, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988.  When she became the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1993, Morrison’s citation captured her as an author “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”  - White House press release on recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

An extensive Toni Morrison collection; 30 books in total including many signed first editions, review copies, and uncorrected proofs.

Song of Solomon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.

“‘You want my life?’ Milkman was not shouting now. ‘You need it? Here.’ Without wiping away the tears, taking a deep breath, or even bending his knees--he leaped. As fleet and bright as a lodestar he wheeled toward Guitar and it did not matter which one of them would give up his ghost in the killing arms of his brother. For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”


-Uncorrected proof, signed. In publisher’s plain wrappers. 

-First edition, review copy. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket.


Tar Baby. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.

-Uncorrected proof, signed.
-First edition, review copy. Octavo, original white cloth, original dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original white cloth, original dust jacket.

Beloved. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.

“Ms. Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds. If there were any doubts about her stature as a pre-eminent American novelist, of her own or any other generation, ''Beloved'' will put them to rest. In three words or less, it's a hair-raiser." - Margaret Atwood

-Uncorrected proof, signed. Octavo, original wrappers. Rare.
-First edition, review copy. Octavo, original white cloth with spine and front cover stamped in silver, original dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original white cloth with spine and front cover stamped in silver, original dust jacket.


Jazz. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

“Perhaps [the novel's] incongruity is an intended paradox, but one backs away from examining it closer. Instead one accepts the characters of Jazz as generalized figures moving rhythmically in the narrator's mind....Jazz. You have to feel it.” - The New York Times

-Uncorrected proof, signed. In publisher’s plain wrappers. Rare.
-First edition, review copy. Octavo, original dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original dust jacket.


Playing in the Dark. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1992.

“A work that has been inexplicably overlooked by the field of ludic criticism is Toni Morrison’s intriguing text Playing in the Dark... Morrison observes that her interests lie in the curious literary construction of ‘America’ and how the black presence has been ever present though rarely acknowledged. She is interested ‘in the way black people ignite critical moments of discovery or change the emphasis in literature not written by them.” - James H. Evans and David Jensen, Playing


-First edition, signed, review copy. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket.


The Nobel Lecture in Literature 1993. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

"She delves into the language itself, a language she wants to liberate from the fetters of race. And she addresses us with the luster of poetry." - The Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy

-First edition, review copy. 12mo, original red cloth, gold-framed label on front cover and gilt lettering on spine.
-First edition, signed. 12mo, original red cloth, gold-framed label on front cover and gilt lettering on spine.


The Dancing Mind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

“There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that. The peace I am thinking of is not at the mercy of history’s rule, nor is it a passive surrender to the status quo. The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one...”

-First edition, review copy. Thin 12mo, original black cloth with gilt lettering, original dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Thin 12mo, original black cloth with gilt lettering, original dust jacket.


Paradise. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

“I wanted to open with somebody's finger on the trigger, to close when it was pulled, and to have the whole novel exist in that moment of the decision to kill or not.” - Toni Morrison

-Uncorrected proof. Fine in wrappers.
-First edition, review copy. Octavo, original black cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Original dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original black cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Original dust jacket.


Love. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

-Uncorrected proof. In original pale blue wrappers.
-First edition, review copy. Octavo, original cloth and dust jacket.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original cloth and dust jacket.


A Mercy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

“A Mercy provides an opportunity to look into the often horrific early days of America, with its realities of slavery, religious persecution, mistreatment of Native Americans, and the hardship of disease, in order to define the America of today and to create a better future. Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature, is a master storyteller and an American intellectual whose work will be treasured for centuries to come.” - Richard M. Daley

-Uncorrected proof. In blue wrappers with author photograph on front cover.
-Advanced reading copy, signed. In blue wrappers with author photograph on front cover. Rare signed.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original dust jacket.


Burn This Book [Editor]. New York: Harper, 2009.

“Surely it is an odd way to spend your life--sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist, except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is because you have to, because you have no choice.” - Paul Auster, from the book

-Advanced reading copy. In semi-glossy wrappers.
-First edition, signed. 203 x 127 mm, original boards and dust jacket.


Home. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

“Part of Morrison’s longstanding greatness resides in her ability to animate specific stories about the black experience and simultaneously speak to all experience. It’s precisely by committing unreservedly to the first that she’s able to transcend the circumscribed audience it might imply. This work’s accomplishment lies in its considerable capacity to make us feel that we are each not only resident but co-owner of, and collectively accountable for, this land we call home.” - New York Times Book Review

-Uncorrected proof. In wrappers. Rare.
-First edition, signed. Octavo, original brown boards, original dust jacket.

****Items generally in fine condition, please feel free to contact us with any questions. Additionally, other Toni Morrison titles available - please inquire.

Price: $11,000 .

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