19 July, 2015

Sula

BY Toni Morrison
Book Information1/1/0/US/AF/1973/?  •  218x154x28  •  486  •  Nobel'93  •  NBA'75

"Sula" is Toni Morrison's second book, after the very rare "The Bluest Eye". Published in 1973 by Alfred Knopf, the book's dust jacket, designed by Wendell Minor (you can see his facsimile signature at the bottom), has, in my opinion, the highest aesthetic value in all of Morrison's first editions. In fact, all of Morrison's first edition dust jackets, except for "Sula", are largely typographically based and devoided of graphics. "Sula" was a finalist of the 1975 National Book Award, which went to Robert Stone's Dog Soldiers and Thomas Williams' The Hair of Harold Roux.



This is the first edition first printing with first state dust jacket that is unclipped, showing the correct price of $5.95. The book is bound in orange/red clothed board with gilt lettering and orange topstain. The copyright page should state "First Edition".

This book is not particularly rare and a VG copy can be purchased from eBay or Abebooks at $500 and above. This is a VG+ copy with a VG+ dust jacket due minor chippings at the spine ends, and a VG+ book due to a date marking on the ffep but is otherwise tight and clean. There are no official signed copy (i.e., publisher issued) for this title but signed first editions are readily available on the market although, as usual, the signature authenticity is always in question. Caveat emptor. 


















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