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Morrison, Toni (Author) & Spitzmiller, Walt (Artist/Illustrator). TAR BABY. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 312 pages. As New. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. One of Toni Morrison's finest achievements. The Franklin Library "First Edition Society" Collector's Edition. Published in a small and limited print run whose number is not stated. There is no ISBN. The "First Edition Society" Collector's Edition is now scarce. An elegant production by The Franklin Library: Brown leather boards with gilt design on the cover and gilt titles on the spine, as issued. Text by Toni Morrison. "Special Message" Essay Introduction by the author, which appears in this edition only. Gilt paper edges. Art by Walt Spitzmiller. Marbled endpapers. Bound-in satin ribbon marker. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a lovely Collector's Edition, Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby". "Audacious and hypnotic, masterful in its mingling of tones, of longing and alarm, of urbanity and a primal, mythic force in which the landscape itself becomes animate, alive with a wild, dark complicity in the fates of the people whose drama unfolds. It is a novel suffused with a tense and passionate inquiry, revealing a whole spectrum of emotions underlying the relationships between black men and women, white men and women, and black and white people" (Publisher's blurb). The literary critic Patricia Storace has summed up Morrison's achievement brilliantly: "Toni Morrison is relighting the angles from which we view American history, changing the very color of its shadows, showing whites what they look like in black mirrors. To read her work is to witness something unprecedented, an invitation to a literature to become what it has claimed to be, a truly American literature" (Patricia Storace). An absolute "must-have" title for Toni Morrison collectors. This copy of The Franklin Library "First Edition Society" Collector's Edition is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Toni Morrison. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Morrison's signature is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Neat, flowing, and elegant. Please note: Morrison did NOT sign any copies of the "First Edition Society" through the publisher. Her signature on this particular copy was obtained in person. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the souvenir of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Franklin Library "First Edition Society" Collector's Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Signed Toni Morrisons not only keep but escalate in value rapidly. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Toni Morrison's "Beloved" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, editors, and critics as the most important work of American fiction of the last 25 years. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2012. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TONI MORRISON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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