First edition. Published in England under the title, "Camera Obscura." The first book by Vladimir Nabokov to be printed in the United States. A variant binding in orange cloth, stamped in black; one of three variant bindings. Very good to near fine with covers bright and no markings but several leaves roughly opened at rear; in very good, unsophisticated dust jacket with no repair, but showing some wear to spine ends and corners, a few small scrapes, and one tiny hole in front panel. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: LAUGHTER IN THE DARK.
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill (1938).
Publication Date: 1938
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill, 1938. Hardcover. First. 292 pp. some wear to cover else very good with slightly worn d.j. mild ex lending library copy. glue stains to endpapers and pastedowns, library label is laid in, as is a cut out from the d.j. no interior stamps. in all a good to very good copy in the original green cloth lacking the d.j. Bookseller Inventory # 63980
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill, New York, 1938. Book Condition: Fine. First edition rebound. Fine without dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 41547
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, IN, 1938. hb. 1st edition. 8vo, pp. 292. Written when Nabokov (spelled "Nabokoff" in this book) was 34, and first published in Russian in 1933 as "Kamera Obskura", this is the first edition in English, published three years before Nabokov's first novel written in English. It is bound in light green woven cloth with gilt lettering to a dark green faux-label on the spine. The extremities of the boards are rubbed - lightened, actually - and there is a trace of soiling to the cloth on the front board. The endpapers are unmarked, although this copy originally was kept in the guests' library at the famous Royal Alexandra Hotel, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and carries the hotel's rubber stamps on the half-title page (e.g., "Guests may retain books not longer than a week"), last page of the text, and the first blank rear endpaper. The binding is a bit stressed, between pages 96/97, as from pressing the book open too far. Overall, the book is in good plus condition. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 039662
Book Description The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis and New York, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. First Edition. Hardcover. Brown cloth. Lean to spine. Extremities heavily bumped and rubbed, fraying in places. Head and tail of spine creased, chipped and fraying. Endpapers stained and discolored. Bookseller Inventory # 1502
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, IN, 1938. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG. First Edition. Brown cloth w. dark green titles and design to spine, no jacket, 8vo. Stated 1st (U.S.) edition, but not 1st state (which has green boards). 292pp. Pages untrimmed. Spine softening but no chips or tears. Only very slight bumping w. associated wear. Soil to upper edges and fairly strong toning to endpapers. Interior pages lightly toned, clean and unmarked. Binding tight. Bookseller Inventory # 001246
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1938. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. First edition, second state, in light brown cloth. Spot on top edge, tiny spot on fore edge, endpapers lightly discolored from paste action. Pages fine. Spine rolled. two small wrinkles in cloth on rear cover. Faintest trace of wear. Clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory # 007429
Book Description The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First American Edition. Green boards. Stated First Edition, with Nabokov's name spelled "Nabokoff" on the title page. Prev. owner's name stamped in several places: on ffep, half title page, back inside cover, and several pages inside. Library stamp on ffep as well as piece of library pastedown on last blank page from a dentist's office. No other library markings on book. Light edge rubbing. No jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 21568
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First American Edition. 292pgs.Stated First Edition. Orange cloth. Vairant bindingblack lettering. toning to the pages, rust-colored streak running vertically down the half-title page. Otherwise clean, unmarked copy. This was the first of his novels to be published in the U.S. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 025092
Book Description Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good- condition. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+ condition (DJ). First Edition. 292 pages. Original green cloth binding with minor sunning/browing to the spine (slightly exaggerated on the spine extremities), with minor browning to the top edge, and with minor shelfwear to the extremities. The unclipped dustjacket has a large but unobtrusive tear along the spine and front hinge, is slightly sunned/dulled on the spine with a small scuff, is chipped at the spine extremities (including one large chip), with a few more small chips along the edges, and numerous small creases and tears, with minor browing/aging/soiling to the rear panel, and heavy foxing to the front and rear inner flaps; protected in archival mylar. The endpapers are browned and a little spotted from foxing. The first 28 pages have a minor shelfbump/crease to the lower corner. One or two pinhead sized spots of minor staining on the title page/preceding endpaper and pages 42-45, 142/143, 185, 250/251, and minor offsetting/browning to pages 14-15 from what looks like a newspaper clipping. The text is otherwise clean and unmarked. Nabokov's name is spelled Nabokoff for this publication. A different version of this novel was published in Great Britain under the title: Camera Obscura. Stated: First Edition. Size: Octavo (8vo). Bookseller Inventory # 015246
Book Description Bobbs Merrill, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The first edition, published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1938. Bound in brown cloth. A very good copy of the book with some toning to the end sheets and a bump to one corner. Prior owners names ( two ) written to the pastedown, under the jacket flap. A very good example of the dust jacket with some wear and light chipping at the edges. There is a small loss-of-paper to the jacket's spine base three quarters of an inch at its deepest point. Bookseller Inventory # 004185