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Lolita - Pale Fire - Ada (Or: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Paris/London/New York: Olympia Press/Weidenfeld and Nicolson/McGraw-Hill Book Company/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1955 - 1980 (1955)

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Item Description: Paris/London/New York: Olympia Press/Weidenfeld and Nicolson/McGraw-Hill Book Company/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1955 - 1980, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Wie neu. Dust Jacket Condition: Wie neu. 1. Auflage. 1. Lolita. Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. Two volumes. First Editions, First Printings. The original price of "Francs : 900" is printed on the lower covers and there are no traces of any later stickers. Fine copies in fine original wrappers: pages exceptionally clean (really white), edges very slightly foxed, wrappers minimally creased and rubbed along the spines, the titles "LOLITA" on the front covers a bit smudged as usual. 2. Pale Fire. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962. First Edition, First Printing. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. 3. Ada - Or Ardor: A Family Chronicle. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1969. First Edition, Third Printing (1969). A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. 4. Lectures on Literature: Austen - Dickens - Flaubert - Joyce - Kafka - Proust - Stevenson. Edited by Fredson Bowers, Introduction by John Updike. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. First Edition, First Printing. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Price for the collection: 7'250. Please note that due to size and weight we will have to charge additional postage. Bookseller Inventory # 013041

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press, (1955)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, 1955. Original Green Wraps. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition/First Issue. First issue with the price 900 Francs on the lower right corner of both volumes. Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris and 1958 in New York. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle-aged literature professor Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. His private nickname for Dolores is Lolita. The book is also notable for its writing style. The narrative is highly subjective as Humbert draws on his fragmented memories, employing a sophisticated prose style, while attempting to gain the reader's sympathy through his sincerity and melancholy, although near the end of the story Humbert refers to himself as a "maniac" who "deprived" Dolores "of her childhood", and he shortly thereafter states "the most miserable of family lives was better than the parody of incest" in which they were involved. After its publication, Lolita attained a classic status, becoming one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature. The name "Lolita" has entered pop culture to describe a sexually precocious girl. The novel was adapted to film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne. It has also been adapted several times for stage and has been the subject of two operas, two ballets, and an acclaimed but failed Broadway musical. Lolita is included on Time's list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It is fourth on the Modern Library's 1998 list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century. It also made the World Library's list of one of The 100 Best Books of All Time. A clean, strong and beautiful copy. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 2 Volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 884800

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Phaedra, New York, NY USA (1967)

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Item Description: Phaedra, New York, NY USA, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Originally written in English and published in Paris in 1955, Lolita was condemned by the Soviets as degenerate. In 1964 Nabokov translated his novel into his native Russian and it was published in the US by Phaedon in 1967. Stated first edition thus. Book has pink cloth boards and is in fine condition. Original DJ in mylar wraps with Nabokov's picture on the back has minor staining, 2 small tears and some creasing, else in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000078

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam, New York (1955)

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Item Description: Putnam, New York, 1955. Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. First Edition. Near Fine +, in Very Good - , 1" chip foot of spine, chipping,edgewear, price not clipped, no marks in archival protection. Bookseller Inventory # 004399

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Lolita: Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

Published by The Olympia Press, IS (1955)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, IS, 1955. Hardback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Paris / Jerusalem, The Olympia Press, 1955. Hardback first edition and first impression. One of 1000 copies, with around half being published in boards. Presented with the rare dust jacket. The book has a slight lean. The jacket is bery good only with numerous tears, creases and some chipping to the top of the spine. The worst of the tears are to the rear being 4cm and 2cm in length. Bookseller Inventory # 2796

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Lolita (True First Hardcover Printing): Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press (1958)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression (thus) - the true first hardcover issue and the first issue as a single volume; printed by Steimatzky's Agency of Jerusalem for The Olympia Press (first printed in wrappers, and as two volumes, by Olympia in Paris in 1955). Less than 1500 copies were produced by Steimatzky, split between hardcover and wrappers, with each numbered – this copy is stamped ‘757’ to the foot of the front dustwrapper flap. Near Fine+: tight and square binding in sharp and clean blue Rexene boards; bright gilt lettering; tanned to the edge of the page block; some offsetting to the endpapers; bookseller’s label to the foot of the front pastedown; very bright, crisp and clean pages, free of marks, inscriptions and foxing. The unclipped (and unpriced) dustwrapper is Very Good+: vibrant, green colouring; tanning to the title label to the spine; soft vertical crease adjacent to the front gutter; 1.5cm closed tear to the head of the front spine fold; modest edgewear; presented in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. A lovely example of a scarce edition. All orders are sent carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Bookseller Inventory # H999

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NABOKOV, Vladimir

Published by Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press by Steimatzky's Agency, (Jerusalem (1955)

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Item Description: Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press by Steimatzky's Agency, (Jerusalem, 1955. Hardcover. First Israeli edition, and the first hardcover edition (there was also a wrappered issue of the Israeli edition). Two volumes in one. Original blue leather-textured papercovered boards in dustwrapper. Offsetting to the front and rear endpapers as usual, small and light stain on rear fly leaf, else near fine in a modestly rubbed, very good dustwrapper with some tanning to the white portion of the spine and a few modest chips. The first hardcover edition; the true first edition was published in Paris in two wrappered volumes. Stamped with the number 1442 on the front flap, Nabokov bibliographer Michael Juliar believes all copies of the Israeli edition were numbered, both hardcover and wrappered. A very uncommon issue of a high spot of modern literature. Nabokov wrote the screenplay for the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film with James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, and Sue Lyon in the title role, the film was remade by Adrian Lyne in 1997 with Jeremy Irons. Bookseller Inventory # 399516

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LOLITA: Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Steimatzky's Agency/Offset Sh. Monson (1958)

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Item Description: Steimatzky's Agency/Offset Sh. Monson, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Item 9075 Author: Vladimir Nabokov Title: LOLITA PUblisher: Steimatzky's Agency/Offset Sh. Monson First edition (israel) Jerusalem 1958 Condition: Very good, with green DJ,19.5x12x 2.7 Cms), 223 pages, Weight 380 grams book Description: Jerusalem: The Olympia Press, 1955 [1958], 1958. 2 volumes in one, octavo. Original blue Rexene, titles to spine gilt 223 pp.; Lolita. Jerusalem: Steimatzky's Agency for the Olympia Press, 1955, First Israeli edition, first printing, offset from the sheets of the second Paris edition, first single volume and first hardcover edition of one of the most controversial novels of modern times, dust-jacket slightly torn at corners, spine and back which were somehow repaired The book inner and back cover show some foxing. Otherwise in very good condition This is the hardback issue. An uncommon printing of Nabokov's masterpiece and one of the black tulips in Girodias's canon. There were apparently 1200 numbered copies printed (ours bears the number 1158 on the rear pastedown) of which about half were issued in wrappers the rest as here in boards. Bookseller Inventory N° 9075 Satisfaction guaranteed, Bookseller Inventory N° 9075, free shipping to USA or within Colombia. Our price USD 1,999.88. Bookseller Inventory # 9075

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1955)

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Item Description: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Binding is tight and square. Corners sharp, gilt bright, boards clean, spine strip undamaged. Jacket shows one tiny chip at head of spine, two stray marks near "Putnam" on the spine and light soiling overall. Not price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 000033

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Nabokov, Vladimir [1899-1977]

Published by Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press 7, Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris First Israeli Edition [] 1958. (1958)

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Item Description: Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press 7, Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris First Israeli Edition [] 1958., 1958. Two volumes in one first Israeli edition hard back binding in publisher's original dark navy leather textured paper covered boards, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 7½'' x 4½''. Contains 190; 223 printed pages of text. There were apparently 1000 numbered copies printed [ours bears the number 137 on the inside front flap] of which half were issued in wrappers the rest as here in boards. A little ghosting to the end papers and one vertical faint tape shadow line to the lower paste down where the dust wrapper has been protected in brown paper and secured, now removed. Very Good condition book in Good condition dust wrapper with a tear to the front fore edge, tanning of the paper to the spine and edges of the flaps, tiny flaked chips to the spine tips, priced 7.500 in pencil to the rear panel. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, this preserves and prolongs the life of the paper, it is not adhered to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A. MODERN FIRST EDITIONS. Bookseller Inventory # 58189

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Phaedra (1967)

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Item Description: Phaedra, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. New York, August, 1967. The first edition in Russian of Nabokov's masterpiece. This copy is from the library of Marina Ledkovsky, Nabokov's niece. Nabokov translated the work himself. Putnam was not interested in publishing the work due to doubts about its commercial potential. A bright near fine copy with two interior pages slightly misbound by the publisher and sticking out of the top of the pages by a couple of millimeters. Jacket is very good minus with a triangular chip of about an inch to the top of the rear panel, tears with loss along four inches of the top edge (including the head of spine) and some closed tears and small chips at seams. An attractive copy. Bookseller Inventory # SP241

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NABOKOV, Vladimir

Published by Phaedra Press, NY (1967)

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Item Description: Phaedra Press, NY, 1967. Hardcover. First Edition. The hardcover issue of the first Russian-language edition of Nabokov's masterwork, which was first published in Paris in English in 1955. This translation was done by Nabokov himself and includes a postscript by him that appears only in this edition. This is Juliar's "issue b" in pink cloth, with three cancels; "issue a" was in wrappers. Fine in a very good, mildly rubbed dust jacket with one edge tear at the upper rear spine fold. Bookseller Inventory # 030764

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press, Paris (1958)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1958. Hard Cover. First Edition. 8vo. 223pp. Printed in Israel for Olympia Press, Paris by Steimatzky's Agency offset Sh. Monson ,Jerusalem. No date, (c1958) original plasticlike hardcover binding. Flyleaves lighty foxed , owners name on halftitle. Edges yellowed & partly foxed, otherwise a very good copy.Very rare. FIRST HARD COVER EDITION.- shipping incl. worldwide. Bookseller Inventory # N33

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam; (1955), NY (1955)

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Item Description: Putnam; (1955), NY, 1955. Hard Cover. First Edition. First US, and first hardcover edition of this classic novel. Very good in a very good dust jacket. The patterned boards are just slightly darkened at the edges, as is the page block. The jacket is uniformly browned, and has a couple of small chips at the spine ends. There are some internal tape repairs to the jacket, and one small tape repair externally at the head of the spine. The jacket is also creased at the spine and has some closed tears at the edges. A solid copy in an acceptable dust jacket that presents fairly well. Bookseller Inventory # 020118

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Phaedra Inc., Publishers, NY (1967)

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Item Description: Phaedra Inc., Publishers, NY, 1967. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 1st ed. thus, 2nd issue. 304pp. Tiny bit of shelfwear, otherwise Fine hardback bound in pink cloth with single-leaf cancels at pages 23 and 107/VG+ DJ, spots of superficial paper loss (likely from stacking while jacket coating was still tacky) to front & rear panels, very minor edgewear, small black mark (grease pencil?) on lower rear panel. Text in Russian. Nabokov's own translation into his native Russian of his best-known novel, originally published in English in 1955. With a postscript by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 15591

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam, E-02 (1955)

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Item Description: Putnam, E-02, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 8vo. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1955. 319 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. DJ has shelf-wear present to the DJ (DJ discolored along the edges of the DJ). No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. E-02; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 319 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 45024

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NABOKOV, Vladimir

Published by Phaedra Publishers, New York (1967)

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Item Description: Phaedra Publishers, New York, 1967. Boards. Book Condition: Very Good -. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First This Edition. Pink boards, 304 pp; spine shows some cocking, in addition, a mylar cover was once on the dj & this has resulted in some tape stains on the endpapers, front & back; very minor bumping to the upper front board edge & very minor soiling to boards; the dust jacket shows some wrinkling (due to the mylar) & light soiling to the front & foxing to the inside, as well there is a narrow 2 1/2" strip of glue which was used to paste down the mylar protector (I have left a strip of mylar to cover the glue residue, which could probably be removed). {13} Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 1467-17

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LOLITA: Vladimir Nabokov -

Vladimir Nabokov - Russian Novelist

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London (1959)

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Item Description: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 1959. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Original Dustjacket. FIRST EDITION & FIRST PRINTING. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Condition & Description: The Original Dustjacket accompanies this book. The dustjacket was designed by Eric Ayers. Retains price of 21s net to the inner front prelim. The dustjacket had a few chips and these have been repaired with colour like paper fitted into the gaps. Creased mainly to the rear with closed edge tears. These have been repaired with tape. The dustjacket is now housed in a removable plastic archival sleeve. Black Boards with silver gilt lettering to the spine. Bumped corners. Few small soil marks. Very slight book lean. Tightly bound to the inner page block. There are no inscriptions anywhere in the book or on the dustjacket. The book is completely free from anything like that. There are 319 pages in total. Red topstain apparent but faded. Light foxing throughout, otherwise pages are clean and tightly bound. There is an appendix to the rear of the book which states: Some Critics' opinions about LOLITA: The opinions come from all around the world: V.S. PRITCHETT, GRAHAM GREENE, PHILIP TOYNBEE, MAURICE CRANSTON, GEORGE MILLER, KENNETH ALLSOP, BERNARD LEVIN, LORD BOOTHBY, TERRENCE RATTIGAN. THERE IS A LETTER TO THE TIMES BY NUMEROUS WRITERS STATING THEY WANTED TO READ THE BOOK. THEY INCLUDED: J.R. ACKERLEY, IRIS MURDOCH, WALTER ALLEN, WILLIAM PLOMER, ISAIH BERLIN, ALAN PRYCE-JONES, C.M. BOWRA, PETER QUENNELL, STORM JAMESON, HERBERT READ, FRANK KERMODE, STEPHEN SPENDER, ALLEN LANE, MARGARET LANE, BERNARD WALL, ROSAMUND LEHMANN, ANGUS WILSON and COMPTON MACKENZIE. LIONEL TRILLING, TAYLOR CALDWELL, JAMES M. CAIN, MEYER LEVIN, DOROTHY PARKER, GENE BARO, GRANVILLE HICKS, LEWIS VOGLER, TIME, CHARLES ROLO, DOMINIQUE AURY, CLAUDE JULIEN, KLEBER HAEDENS, ROBERT KEMP, FRANCOIS-REGIS BASTID, THOMAS KARL, ALBERTO MORAVIA, ELIO VITTORINI, JEAN BLOCH-MICHEL, ERLING CHRISTIE, HEIKKI BROTHERUS and TOM KRISTENSEN. I wanted to make a note of them all to show interested parties just how controversial this story was back in the 1950's. I think it's all rather amazing. - Overall: A first edition - first impression with the lovely original dustjacket. ~ Interesting Research Revealed: Nabokov finished LOLITA on 6 December 1953, five years after starting it. Due to its subject matter, Nabokov intended to publish it pseudonymously (although the anagrammatic character Vivian Darkbloom would tip off the alert reader). The manuscript was turned down, with more or less regret, by Viking, Simon & Schuster, New Directions, Farrar - Straus and Doubleday. The book was banned from publication for two years. Eventually, at the very end of 1955, Graham Greene, in the (London) Sunday Times, called it one of the three best books of 1955. This statement provoked a response from the (London) Sunday Express, whose editor John Gordon called it: "the filthiest book I have ever read" and "sheer unrestrained pornography." Its eventual British publication by Weidenfeld & Nicholson caused a scandal that contributed to the end of the political career of one of the publishers, Nigel Nicholson. ----- POSTAGE OPTIONS: Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. --- If you select 'Priority' as the postal option, you will get the fastest option. [Please have a look at my Shipping Rates and Estimated times for Delivery, so you can make your preferred choice]. - Thanks for your interest and I hope you like the book enough to buy it. - Regards from Arabella. Bookseller Inventory # 000188

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by putnam nyc 1955 (1955)

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Item Description: putnam nyc 1955, 1955. brodart protected price clipped dj, but otherwise about fine dj bright, text clean First American edition, and second in English following the original Paris edition. Black cloth backed paper over boards in a grey & cream pattern 319 Book Condition - fine, near fine First Edition. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 160525

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam's, New York (1958)

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Item Description: Putnam's, New York, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First American edition. 1958. First American edition, and second in English following the original Paris edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. A few shallow tears and chips along the edges of the jacket; a single 2-inch snag on the rear panel; light, general discoloration. First issue dust jacket with price intact. Digital images available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 0080542

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1955)

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Item Description: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First American Edition. Cloth-backed decorative paper over boards, lettering stamped in gilt and copper on spine, red topstain; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. 319. Spine tips a little wrinkled; boards lightly rubbed; ownership signature on front paste-down. Dust jacket a bit tanned and dust-smudged; some light wrinkling and a few small closed tears along the edges; small chips at extremities; waterstain on rear panel; good in mylar, not price-clipped. Nabokov's infamous and controversial novel -- always ripe for debate, and (as is so often the case with controversy) pretty good for sales. First published by the rather shady Maurice Girodias of the Olympia Press (Paris), and riddled with typographical errors, it went on to be published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in the UK, where it was seized, then banned. (It also dealt the final blow to Nigel Nicolson's political career.) Its publication in America received no official goverment response, and in a matter of days the novel reached its third printing, becoming the first book since "Gone with the Wind" to sell 100,000 copies in three weeks. This is not a case of un-met hype -- the subject matter is difficult, and the writing is certainly compelling. "Your run-of-the-mill obscene masterwork -- Tropic of Cancer, say -- demands that you, enlightened reader, work your way past the sex and excrement to recognize how beautiful it is. But with Lolita, you must work past its beauty to recognize how shocking it is" (Stephen Metcalf, Slate Magazine). A near fine copy of an important and enduring work, one which Nabokov spoke of proudly. Amongst his comments: "I would say that of all my books Lolita has left me with the most pleasurable afterglow -- perhaps because it is the purest of all, the most abstract and carefully contrived. I am probably responsible for the odd fact that people don't seem to name their daughters Lolita any more. I have heard of young female poodles being given that name since 1956, but of no human beings.". Bookseller Inventory # D12934

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Vladimir Nabokov

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1958)

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Item Description: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1958. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Protected jacket has some fading and minor edge wear, price of $5 intact, binding straight, pages clean and unmarked. First edition indicators: no mention of book club or later printings on inside flap, first inside page and inside cover are red, also the last inside page and back inside over are red. Top of the book is red. No statement of subsequent printings on copy right page. rare and collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 005847

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LOLITA: Vladimir Nabokov -

Vladimir Nabokov - Russian Novelist

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London (1959)

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Item Description: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 1959. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. FIRST EDITION & FIRST PRINTING. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Interesting Research Revealed: Nabokov finished LOLITA on 6 December 1953, five years after starting it. Due to its subject matter, Nabokov intended to publish it pseudonymously (although the anagrammatic character Vivian Darkbloom would tip off the alert reader). The manuscript was turned down, with more or less regret, by Viking, Simon & Schuster, New Directions, Farrar - Straus and Doubleday. The book was banned from publication for two years. Eventually, at the very end of 1955, Graham Greene, in the (London) Sunday Times, called it one of the three best books of 1955. This statement provoked a response from the (London) Sunday Express, whose editor John Gordon called it: "the filthiest book I have ever read" and "sheer unrestrained pornography." Its eventual British publication by Weidenfeld & Nicholson caused a scandal that contributed to the end of the political career of one of the publishers, Nigel Nicholson. CONDITION & DESCRIPTION: The dustjacket is a facsimile, which was reproduced from an original first printing, from 1959, and it fits the book perfectly. Small nick on spine above the 'V' in Vladimir. Overall: the dustjacket is fabulous! The dustjacket was designed by Eric Ayers. Retains price of 21s net to the inner front prelim. The dustjacket is now housed in a plastic archival sleeve. Black Boards with silver gilt lettering to the spine. Lightly bumped corners. Occasional small mark, otherwise very clean and tightly bound to the inner page block. Red topstain apparent but faded. Occasional light foxing, mainly to page edges, otherwise pages are clean and tightly bound. There is an appendix to the rear of the book which states: Some Critics' opinions about LOLITA: The opinions come from all around the world: V.S. PRITCHETT, GRAHAM GREENE, PHILIP TOYNBEE, MAURICE CRANSTON, GEORGE MILLER, KENNETH ALLSOP, BERNARD LEVIN, LORD BOOTHBY, TERRENCE RATTIGAN. THERE IS A LETTER TO THE TIMES BY NUMEROUS WRITERS STATING THEY WANTED TO READ THE BOOK. THEY INCLUDED: J.R. ACKERLEY, IRIS MURDOCH, WALTER ALLEN, WILLIAM PLOMER, ISAIH BERLIN, ALAN PRYCE-JONES, C.M. BOWRA, PETER QUENNELL, STORM JAMESON, HERBERT READ, FRANK KERMODE, STEPHEN SPENDER, ALLEN LANE, MARGARET LANE, BERNARD WALL, ROSAMUND LEHMANN, ANGUS WILSON and COMPTON MACKENZIE. LIONEL TRILLING, TAYLOR CALDWELL, JAMES M. CAIN, MEYER LEVIN, DOROTHY PARKER, GENE BARO, GRANVILLE HICKS, LEWIS VOGLER, TIME, CHARLES ROLO, DOMINIQUE AURY, CLAUDE JULIEN, KLEBER HAEDENS, ROBERT KEMP, FRANCOIS-REGIS BASTID, THOMAS KARL, ALBERTO MORAVIA, ELIO VITTORINI, JEAN BLOCH-MICHEL, ERLING CHRISTIE, HEIKKI BROTHERUS and TOM KRISTENSEN. I wanted to make a note of them all to show interested parties just how controversial this story was back in the 1950's. - Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. - Thanks for your interest and I hope you like the book enough to buy it. Bookseller Inventory # 000366

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam, New York (1955)

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Item Description: Putnam, New York, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. First Printing of the First American Edition, black cloth-backed gray patterned boards, spine lettered in gilt, with the red endpapers, and red topstain, in first issue jacket without the "Complete Unexpurgated Edition" statement on the front panel and with the original price of $5.00 listed on the inside front flap. Book and dj are age-toned with some soiling. Dj has a small sticker on back and has chipped edges and corners but is smooth and attractive in protective Brodart. A nice, reasonably priced copy of this important literary work. Bookseller Inventory # 4406338

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Vladimir Nabokov

Published by The Olympia Press, Rue Saint-Severin, Paris (1958)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, Rue Saint-Severin, Paris, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Two volume set. First volume is in wonderful condition, seems to have barely ever been opened. Second volume has a bit of wear, particularly on the title page and edges of pages, but is still in great condition. Outer covers of both volumes are clean and in great condition. Bookseller Inventory # 009821

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NABOKOV, Vladimir (1899-1977)

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (1959)

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Item Description: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine-. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-. First Impression. First Printing of the first UK edition. 8vo: 319,[1]pp, with preface by John Ray, Jr. and appendix of commentaries by Graham Greene, V. S. Pritchett, Terrence Rattigan, Lionel Trilling, and others. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in silver, top-edge stained pink; mid-brown dust jacket printed in black and priced 21s, with author's photo on back panel. About Fine (slightly cocked, neat name and date inked to front fly leaf), pages clean and bright (apparently unread); about Fine jacket, very lightly rubbed to head of spine, small v-shaped chip to tope of back panel, not affecting photo. Time 100. Originally published, in Paris, but preceding the first American edition. "Nabokov almost burned the manuscript of Lolita halfway through, and its first publisher was a French pornographic press [Olympia]. But Lolita would go on to become a huge bestseller and the unlikeliest of American classics. Our hero, who goes by the self-mocking name of Humbert Humbert, is a pedophile. He is a highly cultured, endearingly ironic man, and he loathes himself about as much as a human being can, but he loves, and can only love, nubile young girls, whom he calls "nymphets." Lolita is the story of Humbert’s romance—if that’s the word, which it isn’t—with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze. Their story is as vile and obscene as one can imagine, but Humbert’s voice, an endlessly inventive stream of angry, cosmopolitan invective, elevates it to the level of a tragic, twisted epic." (Time 100) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1420

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by First Edition Library, Shelton, Connecticut (1983)

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Item Description: First Edition Library, Shelton, Connecticut, 1983. First Edition. 12mo, 188pp., 223pp.; VG+; housed in grey cloth clamshell casing, spine has two dark green textplates with gilt lettering; a two volume facsimile of the original Olympia Press 1955 printing; no creases, markings, or damage to either volume; in excellent condition, like new; shelved case 2. Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-3-1258936

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Nabokov, Vladimir.

Published by LONDON: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON. 1959 (1959)

ISBN 10: 0297167626 ISBN 13: 9780297167624

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Item Description: LONDON: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON. 1959, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First English Edition. A very good+ or better copy in a Vg. dj. (Several 1/4" & 1/2"-inch-size tears at edges of dj. Tiny chips at corners on dj. Traces of soiling at edges in text). Bookseller Inventory # 18218

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (1959)

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Item Description: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1959. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Très bon. Dust Jacket Condition: Très bon. Edition originale.. First British edition of this controversial and celebrated novel, basis for two eponymous films, by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and Adrian Lyne in 1997, foreword by John Ray, some critics opinions about Lolita, in appendix, by V S. Pritchett, Graham Greene, Taylor Caldwell, James M. Cain, Dorothy Parker, Alberto Moravia, and some others, octavo, 319 pages, fine copy in near fine dust jacket. Language: eng Language: eng La librairie offre aux clients d'AbeBooks 15% de réduction sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 300.0 EUR. Bookseller Inventory # 22945

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania (1981)

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Item Description: Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. A Limited Edition.; 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 56643

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