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The Bluest Eye

By Morrison, Toni




The Bluest Eye is a 1970 novel by American author Toni Morrison. It is Morrison's first novel, written while Morrison was teaching at Howard University and was raising her two sons on her own. The story is about a year in the life of a young black girl in Lorain, Ohio named Pecola. It takes place against the backdrop of America's Midwest as well as in the years following The Great Depression.


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The Bluest Eye.

MORRISON, Toni.

New York: Holt Rinehart, 1970. First. hardcover. near fine/near fine. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. (slightly browned). New York: Holt, Rinehart, (1970). First Edition. A near fine copy of her uncommon first book, inscribed, "To.... from Toni 11.13.1971 Thank you for all the poetry, sensibility and common sense. First issue dust wrapper, with $5.95 & 10/70 on front flap.

$7,500.00

The Bluest Eye.

MORRISON, Toni.

New York: Holt Rinehart, 1970. First. hardcover. near fine/near fine. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. (slightly browned). New York: Holt, Rinehart, (1970). First Edition. A near fine copy of her uncommon first book, inscribed, "To....Sincere Best wishes - Toni Nov. 1. 1972. NYC." First issue dust wrapper, with $5.95 & 10/70 on front flap.

$6,500.00


The Bluest Eye.

Morrison, Toni

New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston, 1970. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket that shows a single tear. Set in Lorain, Ohio, in 1941, The Bluest Eye is something of an ensemble piece. The point of view is passed like a baton from one character to the next, with Morrison's own voice functioning as a kind of gold standard throughout. The focus, though, is on an 11-year-old black girl named Pecola Breedlove, whose entire family has been given a cosmetic cross to bear: You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction. It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question.... And they took the ugliness in their hands, threw it as a mantle over them, and went about the world with it. There are far uglier things in the world than, well, ugliness, and poor Pecola is subjected to most of them. She's spat upon, ridiculed, and ultimately raped and impregnated by her own father. No wonder she yearns to be the very opposite of what she is--yearns, in other words, to be a white child, possessed of the blondest hair and the bluest eye.

$3,750.00

The Bluest Eye.

MORRISON, Toni.

New York: Holt Rinehart, 1970. First. hardcover. fine/near fine. d.w. N.Y.: Holt, Rinehart, (1970). First Edition. Near fine copy of the author's first novel, in the first issue dust wrapper.

$3,500.00

The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

Holt Rinehart andWinston, 1970 A near fine first edition in a near fine dust jacket (with the original price and date code still present on the front flap). First Edition stated on the copyright page. Publisher's bookplate signed by Toni Morrison laid in. Previous owner's blindstamp on title page. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$3,000.00


The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

Holt Rinehart Winston, 1970. Blue cloth spine over grey boards, gilt titles. Stated first edition. Very good with splashed coffeestain at bottom foreedge (affecting page edges and endsheet corners), light spotting at top edge. First state DJ also very good with aging, edgewear at head of spine, 1" tear at bottom rear flap fold. Flap price of $5.95, DJ code of 1070. Rare. 164 pp.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Book.

$2,750.00

The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

Holt Rinehart andWinston, 1970 A near fine first edition in a near fine dust jacket (with the original price and date code still present on the front flap). First Edition stated on the copyright page. Publisher's bookplate signed by Toni Morrison laid in. Also previous owner's bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$2,000.00

The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

Holt Rinehart Winston, 1970 A very good first edition inscribed by Toni Morrison on the front free endpaper. The inscription would appear to be to someone she knew well, since she signed it with only her first name. First Edition stated on the copyright page and jacket is first issue, with 1070 date code on bottom corner of front flap. Very good dust jacket has some small tears at corners of front panel. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. We will supply a Certificate of Authenticity with this book.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

$2,000.00


The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

New York: Holt. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Second printing (June 1971) of Morrison's first novel, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Morrison on the front free endpaper: "To Ann / from / Toni Morrison / Best always". New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. Octavo, original half-blue cloth, original dust jacket. Owner signature and date at top of front free endpaper. Book near-fine with a little fading to edges, dust jacket very good with light edgewear and line of soiling down front panel.

$975.00


The Bluest Eye (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)

Toni Morrison

G K Hall & Co, 1999-12-01. Hardcover. Used:Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$455.94


THE BLUEST EYE [signed]

Morrison, Toni

London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First UK edition. Original Boards. Fine/Very Good. pp: (iii), 164. Bound in blue boards, gilt spine lettering, in the original dust wrapper which is in fine condition save the price-clipped corner. 8" x 5.25" Inscribed & signed in sepia ink on the front free-endpaper: "To James / Toni Morrison."

$450.00

THE BLUEST EYE

MORRISON, Toni

London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. First British Edition. Nobel Prize winner's scarce first book, published in America in 1970. This First British Edition is increasingly difficult to locate, especially in this condition. Publisher's price sticker over the printed price on the front flap which is clipped at the lower front corner.

$437.50

THE BLUEST EYE

Morrison, TonI

CHATTO WINDUS A FINE FIRST EDITION IN NEAR FINE PLUS DJ.. FIRST. Hardcover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. Book.

$400.00

The Bluest Eye: A Novel

Morrison, Toni

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Henry Holt & Company, 1970. 2nd Printing 1971 Inscribed by the Author to the front free endpaper, "To ____ from Toni Best always" but dated 2. 10. 1974 Not a great copy, the white jacket is shelfworn with numerous teeny chips at the extremities, also soiled or darkened at edges, with 2 creases to the front inside flap. This must be a 1st state dj as it retains the date code 1070 as well as the original price. The book in 1/4 blue cloth & grey paper covered bds. is a bit shelfworn at spine ends & corners & appears well read with a crease to the front fixed endpaper. 8vo 164 pgs Again not a great copy but Never the less an inscibed copy of the Nobelist authors first book. Good in a Good Dj. 8vo 164 pgs . Inscribed By the Author. 2nd Printing Author Inscribed. Hard Cover. Good/Good.

$300.00

The Bluest Eye.

MORRISON, Toni.

Chatto & Windus, London,, 1979. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Near fine in near fine dust jacket, price clipped and repriced by the publisher. First UK Edition, First Impression. The author's first novel.

$297.52

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

Holt Rinehart Winston, 1970. Book. Fine. Cloth. Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Fine copy in a near fine jacket. 2nd Printing 1971.$5.95 on flap. Fresh Copy. Scarce First Book. Excellent Copy..

$295.00

The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

Chatto and Windus, London 1979. 1st ed., first printing. 8vo. Her acclaimed debut novel. A fine copy in a near fine unclipped dustwrapper

$260.33

THE BLUEST EYE.

Morrison, Toni.

NY: HOLT, RINEHART WINSTON.. 1971. Reprint. Second Printing, June, 1971. In the 'second' state dj. Close to fine in a near fine dj. (Trace of bleed through of slender soiling at bottom edge of spine. Top & bottom edges of cloth mildly sunned) Author's FIRST book. .

$250.00

The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni

New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1971:June. Second printing. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good +. Author's first novel. Book very good with top and bottom edges of cloth mildly sunned, dustjacket very good with light edgewear and slight yellowing to white dustjacket.

$200.00

THE BLUEST EYE

Morrison, Toni

New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston, 1971. Second printing june 1971. Hardcover with dust jacket. VG with slight faeding to spine, in a VG- DJ, slight wear to extrems of spine SCARCE.

$180.00