London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #26861
London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First U.K. Edition. Octavo (20.5); publisher’s simulated cloth in white pictorial dust jacket by Kate Cary retaining original price (£4.95); 164pp. Signed by Morrison on title page. Dust jacket gently rubbed along margins. Boards show a touch of shelfwear and one minor scuff to front. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. Near Fine.
Splendid copy of the first British edition of the author's first book, originally published in 1970 after years of searching for a publisher. In 1993 Toni Morrison noted that “the initial publication of The Bluest Eye was like Pecola’s life: dismissed, trivialized, misread,” which may explain why it took the novel nine years to find its way to the British market. Signed copies of either edition are quite rare.
Reference: Tessa Roynon, The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison (2013), p. 22.