Written by
Walker, Alice, American, born 1944
Published by
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, founded 1970
Date
1983
Medium
ink on paper (fiber product) with cloth and cardboard
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8 1/2 × 6 × 1 in. (21.6 × 15.2 × 2.5 cm)
H x W x D: 8 1/2 × 12 7/16 × 13/16 in. (21.6 × 31.6 × 2 cm)
H x W: 8 1/2 × 20 1/2 in. (21.6 × 52 cm)
Description
A first edition hardback copy of In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker. The book has a purple and white paper dust jacket with black type and a purple-and-white headshot of Walker on the front jacket. Walker looks at the viewer, smiling. She holds her proper left under her chin and rests her cheek on her raised, proper left index finger. She is wearing a woven wrap, patterned with rectangular blocks. There is a framed, white text box with the title of the book printed in black text that reads [IN / SEARCH / OF OUR / MOTHERS' / GARDENS / Womanist / Prose by / ALICE / WALKER]. At the top of the spine is the title of the book printed in black text that reads [IN SEARCH OF OUR / MOTHERS' GARDENS]. At the bottom of the spine is the publisher’s logo, a black oval with [HBJ] printed in the center with white text. Below is the name of the publisher, [HARCOURT / BRACE / JOVANOVICH] printed in black text. The back of the jacket is white with a purple text box with white text blurbs from Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Essence, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The ISBN number is printed in the bottom right corner in purple text. Black text is printed on the front and back interior flaps of the jacket with the price, a synopsis of the book, the author biography, and the publisher information. The hardback book itself is dark and light purple. The front cover has two black squares with stylized square crosses in the center. Gold metallic text on the spine that reads [IN SEARCH OF OUR / MOTHERS' GARDENS]. At the bottom of the spine is the publisher’s logo, a gold oval outline with [HBJ] printed in the center in gold text. Below is the name of the publisher, [HARCOURT / BRACE / JOVANOVICH] printed in gold text. The ISBN number is printed in the bottom right corner on the back cover in gold text. The front and back end papers are off white. The interior pages, three hundred and ninety-seven (397) in total, front and back, are off-white paper with black type and several graphics of black squares with stylized square crosses.
Place printed
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Movement
Civil Rights Movement
BAM (Black Arts Movement 1965-1976)
Type
hardcover books
Topic
Activism
Art
Feminism
Literature
Motherhood
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2018.38.2
Restrictions & Rights
© Alice Walker. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d424f1e7-cf2e-441a-974b-f709455f4d68

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