Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. STATED FIRST EDITION, first printing. Hardcover with dust jacket, measures 5" x 8-1/2". First edition of Jazz that has been signed by its author Toni Morrison. Signed Toni Morrison editions escalate in value very rapidly. A scarce signed copy thus. The author's sixth novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Embraces the vibrant music and lifestyle of 1920's Harlem, an urban renaissance of opportunity and glamor. A novel where the elements of murder, hard lives, and broken dreams sway and meld together into a lyric medley of voices. "An astonishing novel that is irresistible for its exquisite lyricism and refined sensuality and unforgettable for its haunting power" (Booklist). The literary critic Patricia Storace has summed up her 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). Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. "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. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. Hand signed directly in this first edition by author Toni Morrison. 229 pages.