New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's buckram cloth over burgundy paper, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
Signed first edition of Alice Walker’s collection of 14 short stories, published the year before winning the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple. "The individual stories add up to something very large: a Black and feminist view of America, racism both violent and genteel, sexual mores, the woman artist, Black existence. They work both as art and as tools or weapons for honing consciousness and transforming values" (from Adrienne Rich's blurb on the rear panel of the dust jacket). First printing, with letter row on copyright page beginning with B (as was the publisher's custom from 1973-83). Dust jacket illustrated by Anne Bascove. Signed by Walker on the title-page. Rear board and lower panel of the dust jacket with printed black star, consistent with all copies of this title we have seen. Two small marginal ink notations (pp. 43 & 48). Light shelfwear to bottom edges of boards, some foxing to edges of textblcok; unclipped dust jacket lightly sunned to spine panel. Very good. Item #2240