1st Printing. 830 pages. Published in 1996. Retrospective collection of the author's American novels. The First Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition for distribution to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. The Slipcased Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production: Regular-sized volume format. Text by Vladimir Nabokov edited and annotated by Brian Boyd. Cream hard board slipcase. Printed to the highest standards on acid-free paper, utilizing sewn binding, closely woven rayon cloth boards, satin bound-in ribbon marker, and a page layout that is both readable and elegant. The book is guaranteed to last for several generations of readers and collectors (despite frequent and regular use, the estimated life span of Library of America Editions is 1000 years; un-used, they will last forever). Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents Vladimir Nabokov's "Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle", "Transparent Things", and "Look At The Harlequins!". His late-American novels, the third of a three-volume set. The LOA Nabokov set is a major literary event: "Marks the first time the Library of America has offered works by a foreign-born author. Though a native of Russia, Nabokov easily could be considered an American by osmosis since he wrote many of his major works while living on American soil. Contains all his American fiction and nonfiction writings and incorporates the corrections the author added to his personal editions" (Publisher's blurb). These novels show Nabokov writing at the absolute top of his art until the end of his life, evoking "the Nabokovian experience of time, memory, passion, nature, loss, love in all its forms, and language in all its allusions". Nabokov's desire is the aesthete's desire, but only he has expressed it sublimely: "I trust the ravishing promises of the still breathing, still revolving verse, my face is wet with tears, my heart is bursting with happiness, and I know that this happiness is the greatest thing existing on earth" (Vladimir Nabokov). That is to say: Every true aesthete cares neither about means nor ends, only about effects. Happiness is not just a state of mind, a feeling, or even a state of being; it is the special effect of our encounter with beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Vladimir Nabokov collectors. These titles are great books. The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO LILA AZAM ZANGANEH'S "THE ENCHANTER" AND OTHER LIBRARY OF AMERICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1883011205. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: NOVELS 1969-1974: ADA OR ARDOR: A FAMILY ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Library Of America
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Library of America, New York, 1996. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Ex-library with stickers to the jacket and end papers. Gently bumped and rubbed. Binding square and solid, pages clean and unmarked. Jacket in mylar with the flaps glued to the pastedowns. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # D150186
Book Description Library of America, New York, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. BRILLIANT: INVENTIVE: VERY GOOD to NEAR FINE 1st edition Library of America hardcover (orig. 1996), 1st printing, marred only by a microscopic library stamping on the top text-block edge and a partial 1.0" x 2.0" abrasion at the top right front end-paper, NEAR FINE unclipped mylar-protected jacket w/ sharp new edges & corners showing $35.00 publisher's list price at bottom right front inside flyleaf, new British-green Brillianta silk-finish fabric-over-boards cover w/ sharp new edges & corners & titles & Library of America colophon handsomely gold-stamped on spine, impeccable smooth-cut text-block exterior (excepting previously noted microscopic stamp), impeccable white-on-green Library of America patterned end-papers on heavy stock (excepting previously noted small abrasion, pristine interior printed in remarkably clear 10-point Linotron Galliard on superb acid-free Ecusta Nyallite paper * 5.0" x 8.12" x 1.48", 0.74 kg, 824 pp. * CONTENTS: Nabokov: Novels, 1969-1974: Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1); Transparent Things (487); Look at the Harlequins! (563); Chronology (751), Note on the Texts (783), Notes (786) * After a brilliant literary career writing in Russian, Vladimir Nabokov emigrated to the United States in 1940 & went on to an even more brilliant literary career in English. Between 1939 & 1974 he wrote the autobiography & eight novels now collected by the Library of America in an authoritative three-volume set, earning a place as one of the greatest writers of America, his beloved adopted home. This 3rd & final volume of the LOA edition of Nabokov presents his three late masterpieces: "Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle" (1969), the longest of Nabokov's novels, is a witty & parodic account of a man's lifelong love for his sister. Nabokov's favorite themes & most characteristic techniques are woven into this culminating work of Nabokov's imagination. The linguistic richness of the book's free blending of English, Russian & French is matched by the baroque & dreamlike splendor of the alternate universe it creates, a universe in which time moves in more than one direction & all details are cunningly interrelated. "Transparent Things" (1972) is a haunting novella of the anguished life of Hugh Person, a young American editor & proofreader: his marriage, the murder of his wife, & his lone journey to uncover the truth about his past. With its multiple narrative voices & fusion of dream & memory, it is among the most formally experimental of Nabokov's works. "Look at the Harlequins!" (1974), Nabokov's final novel, concerns Vadim Vadimovitch N., a novelist very much like Nabokov himself. This ironic, intricate hall of mirrors, startling in its shifts of tone & off-key echoes of Nabokov's earlier books, often blurs the line between the worlds of reality & literary invention. The texts presented in this volume incorporate Nabokov's penciled corrections in his own copies of his works & correct long-standing errors. They are the most authoritative versions available & have been prepared w/ the assistance of Dmitri Nabokov, the novelist's son, & Brian Boyd, Nabokov's distinguished biographer. * The Library of America is an award-winning, nonprofit program dedicated to publishing America's best & most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as "the most important book-publishing project in the nation's history" (Newsweek), this acclaimed series is restoring America's literary heritage in "the finest-looking, longest-lasting edition ever made" (New Republic). Bookseller Inventory # 007858
Book Description Library of America, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good DJ. Picture may not match book; 8vo; DJ lightly edgeworn/scuffed; very light wear to page edges; else very good. Text unmarked and clean. Orders will be mailed either on the day ordered or the next business day. Expedited shipping available. Bookseller Inventory # 101b2151738
Book Description Library of America, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1883011205
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Used book in GOOD condition. Good enough to read. Binding in GOOD shape with no missing pages. Cover has visible wear. Markings, writings and highligtings inside the book. Text ONLY. Does NOT include accessories such as CD, DVD, access code etc. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 1883011205GOA
Book Description U.S.A.: Library of America, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Library of America printing. Boxed issue. Fine in a fine slipcase/Issued without a DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 1BR318
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97818830112084.0
Book Description The Library of America, U.S.A., 1996. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. N/A (illustrator). First Edition. HB DJ first edition, first printing. DJ clipped. Green cloth boards, gilt titles on dark green spine with gilt line banding. 20.6 x 13cm. 824 pages, includes notes + 2 further unpaginated pages of publisher listings. Underside of DJ also gives info on further listings. e/ps green white publisher logo. Green ribbon marker in situ as bound. Condition: Unused, as new. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 005011
Book Description Library of America, New York, NY, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. New. New in Fine Slipcase Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 862 p. Library of America. Audience: General/trade. Bookseller Inventory # 722893
Book Description Library of America, 1996. Book Condition: good. A good reading copy. May contain markings or be a withdrawn library copy. Expect delivery in 20 days. Bookseller Inventory # 9781883011208-4