Hard Cover. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First Edition. Near Fine / Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. Signed by author to title page. Publisher's purple cloth over white paper-covered boards, stamped in silver to spine; in original dust jacket designed by Judith Kazdym Leeds with an illustration of a house to upper cover, lettered in purple. Near fine book with light rubbing to corners and spine ends, spine ends slightly sunned, very light foxing to page edges and to endpapers, a stray pen mark to fore edge; in a near fine dust jacket, with tiny closed tear and light creasing to foot of spine. Overall, a very attractive copy signed by the author. The Color Purple is Alice Walker's third novel, and her best-known work. She based the book on the life of her great-grandmother, and innovatively used language to convey her protagonist's point of view. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, making her the first African American woman to win that honor. Critically acclaimed with her first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Walker also penned several celebrated collections of poetry, including Once and Revolutionary Petunias.