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 Breedlove. It takes place against the backdrop of America's Midwest as well as in the years following the Great Depression. 

Brutal in its depictions of racism, incest, and child molestation, The Bluest Eye has remained on the often-challenged and banned books list almost every year since its publication.

First Edition Identification and Notes

Quite scarce! Morrison's first novel was published by Holt Rinehart Winston in New York, 1970. The first edition is stated on the copyright page, and the jacket is priced at $5.95.

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The Bluest Eye

by MORRISON, TONI

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Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
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1970
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First Edition of the author's first book; review copy, with the review slip and the author’s publicity photo laid in. A fine c
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New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970. First Edition of the author's first book; review copy, with the review slip and the author’s publicity photo laid in. A fine copy in a dust jacket with very slight browning; a far above average copy.
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The Bluest Eye

by MORRISON, Toni

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1970
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near fine
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First
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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 &… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by MORRISON, Toni

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1970
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near fine
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First
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New York: Holt Rinehart, 1970. First. hardcover. near fine/near fine. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. 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.
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Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970 First Edition, First Printing. A gorgeous copy. This copy is SIGNED by Toni Morrison on a laid in signature. An ORIGINAL dustjacket that is vibrant in color with light wear to the edges. This First Issue dustjacket has the $5.95 price and 1070 code present on the front flap. The book is in nice shape… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Near Fine
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1st Edition
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Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1970. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 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… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Very Good
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First Edition
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9780030850745
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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… Read more
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The Bluest Eye.

by MORRISON, Toni.

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1970
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New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, , 1970. A fine copy Octavo. Original blue cloth-backed grey boards, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom beige cloth slipcase. Slight discolouration along top and bottom of cloth, bottom edge a little rubbed. Else, a fine copy in the near-fine dust jacket, light overall toning,… Read more
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Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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1st Edition
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The Bluest Eye.

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[1970].
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Ink inscription to verso of rear free endpaper; ink name to front free endpaper; otherwise a very good copy with a little dust-s
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First edition.
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New York:: Holt Rinehart & Winston,, [1970].. First edition.. publisher's cloth-backed boards in dust jacket. . Ink inscription to verso of rear free endpaper; ink name to front free endpaper; otherwise a very good copy with a little dust-soiling to the cloth. In a bright, unchipped jacket with one tiny closed tear and a small brown stain to… Read more
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The Bluest Eye.

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New York, Holt, Reinhart and Winton, 1970. . First edition; 8vo (21.5 x 14.5 cm); publisher's quarter blue cloth, grey boards, title in silver to spine, corners very slightly bumped, dust-jacket, price clipped, slightly sunned, two minor tears otherwise a good copy. Toni Morrison's first novel and a landmark in African-American literature … Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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1970
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New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Hardcover. Stated First Edition: with requisite $5.95 and 1070 present on the dust jacket flap. 12mo. 164pp. VERY GOOD in Very Good dust jacket protected in a removable mylar cover. The book itself shows marginal shelf rubbing and toning of the edges, just a hint of dust spotting to the text-block edges,… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Very Good+
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1st Edition
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Stated First Edition. Browning to top page edges. Small previous owner embossed stamp to half-title page. Word in red oil pen about three-inches long to rear end paper $5.95 price on jacket with 1070 on bottom of front jacket flap. Browning to white portion of jacket. Very shallow chip… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

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The Manhattan Rare Book Company
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Very Good
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2nd Edition
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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… Read more
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THE BLUEST EYE

by Morrison, Toni

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Captain Ahab's Rare Books
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1979
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First U.K. Edition
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo (20.5cm); blue paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [vi],164,[6]pp. Fine in a Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with publisher's £8.95 price sticker over the printed price. A pristine copy of the Nobel Prize-winning author's first book, originally published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston in 1970.… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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1970
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9780030850745
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Holt McDougal, 1970. Hardcover. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Ex-Library copy with typical library marks and… Read more
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THE BLUEST EYE

by Morrison, Toni

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By The Way Books
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1979
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Hardbound in very good condition in a very good dust jacket; Some age toning to top of jacket; Not price clipped.
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First UK edition
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9780701123741
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First UK edition. Hardbound in very good condition in a very good dust jacket; Some age toning to top of jacket; Not price clipped.. 164 pages.
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The Bluest Eye

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2007-02-01
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9780739343739
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The Bluest Eye

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2002
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9780131109513
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Prentice Hall Higher Education, 2002. Paperback. Very Good. Disclaimer:Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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Capitol Hill Books
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1979
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Very Good
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9780701123741
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. Very Good. London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First U.K. Edition. Octavo. 164 pages. Lacks dust jacket. Blue cloth with spine stamped in silver. Light wear to spine ends and corners. Spine a bit rolled with a vertical crease running its length. Binding is sound. Aside from some erased pencil markings, interior is… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

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1993-09-07
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9780679433736
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9780452273054
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The Bluest Eye

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2005-09-03
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1993-04-06
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9780375411557
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1994-06-04
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9780452273054
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2007-09-07
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9780307278449
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1994-03-06
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9780451183675
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2003-02-05
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1999-03-09
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2010-01-01
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9780375411557
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2000-06-03
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The bluest eye

by Toni Morrison

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1972-06-02
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9780671476236
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THE BLUEST EYE

by TONI MORRISON

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1994
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9780452282193
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9780375411557
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1993-01-01
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Used:Good
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First Edition
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THE BLUEST EYE

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PUB 1994
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NEW YORK NY: RANDOM HOUSE. 3 CD AUDIO BOOK. PUB 1994. READ BY TONI MORRISON AND RUBY DEE (3 HOURS) ABRIDGEMENT BY TREBBE JOHNSON . OTHER THAN A SHORT CRACK AT THE BACK OF THE JEWEL CASE AN EXCELLENT COPY. .
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The Bluest Eye

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1994
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1993-12-28
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9780375411557
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2005-09-06
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2005-09-06
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2000-04-26
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