NOVELS 1969-1974: ADA OR ARDOR: A FAMILY CHRONICLE, TRANSPARENT THINGS, LOOK AT THE HARLEQUINS! - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing - ONLY COPY ONLINE

Nabokov, Vladimir (Author) & Boyd, Brian (Editor)

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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 #

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Title: NOVELS 1969-1974: ADA OR ARDOR: A FAMILY ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Library Of America

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