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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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About this Item: Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. First edition. First edition. 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. The Nabokov Cousins: 'Lolita' Signed. This copy with ownership signatures of composer and cosmopolitan Nicolas Nabokov (1903-1978) on the flyleaf of each volume. With the signature of his first cousin the author on the flyleaf of the first volume: "Vladimir".The cousins got to know each other when the aristocratic Nabokov family arrived in Yalta in the aftermath of the Bolshevik coup, and their paths crossed repeatedly during their new lives in exile. Vladimir invented himself as one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century; Nicolas pursued his musical studies and achieved renown as a composer. Nicolas accepted a position at Wells College in Auburn, N.Y., in 1936; when war broke out in Europe, he was in a position to assist the German composer Hindemith and the Austrian artist and designer Victor Hammer in fleeing the Nazis. He also helped his cousin Vladimir, who sailed from France for America in May 1940. For The Return of Pushkin, first performed in 1948, Vladimir prepared the English text. Lolita gained worldwide notoriety for its author upon publication in 1955.Nicolas later wrote his cousin, "I never told you how much I liked both Pnin and Lolita and how happy I am about the success of the latter. The only thing that troubles me is that due to my vagrant, erotic past, people often think that Humbert Humbert is a portrait of me! I suppose that the way to profit by it is to say it openly and go on a lecture tour through American high schools and girls' colleges under the title 'How I did It' ?" (quoted in Giroud p. 313). The cousins met regularly through the 1970s. Juliar A28.1, issue a. Provenance: from the estate of Nicolas Nabokov Green printed wrappers, priced Francs : 900 on back wrappers. Spines toned, lower portion of spine of first volume worn with small loss. Dated 1.X.1955 on the flyleaf of volume I in an unknown hand. Very good. Morocco backed slipcase, cloth chemises 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. Seller Inventory # 306972

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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About this Item: Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Vladimir Nabokov on a laid in signature. A fabulous copy of this TRUE FRIST EDITION with the 900 Francs price printed on the rear panels of both volumes that was later changed to 1200 francs on later editions. This two volume set is in excellent shape with minor wear to the spine and edges. Both Vol 1 and Vol 2 are complete with clean pages. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in either book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-17472613869

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Lolita (2 Volume complete set): Nabokoff, Vladimir (Nabokov)

Nabokoff, Vladimir (Nabokov)

Published by The Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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About this Item: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the Francs: 900 present on both back panels of the wrappers. A magnificent copy. Both volumes are vibrant in color and bound in the original publisher's paper wrappers. The bindings are tight with NO chips or teas. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. A stunning copy of this 2 volume set. Seller Inventory # ABE-1524523674081

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia, Paris (1955)

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About this Item: Olympia, Paris, 1955. Paperback. Condition: Near fine. First edition. Original wraps; first issue w/ 900 francs on the rear covers. 2 vols. Exceptional copies with minor flaws: vol. one has a small bump at the spine; vol. two with a short tear expertly repaired, otherwise minor rubbing and wear, bright with no foxing and little creasing to the spine. Near fine copies, each book held separately in folding cloth cases; all housed in a deluxe clamshell box with gilt-stamped label. Best copies we have seen in a decade. One of the cornerstone works of the 20th Century, one of the few comparable for notoriety and quality to ULYSSES. Seller Inventory # 10368

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Lolita.: NABOKOV, Vladimir.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Published by Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955 (1955)

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About this Item: Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955, 1955. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green and white wrappers printed in black. Spines lightly toned and very slightly creased, a little rubbing to extremities, a couple of faint marks to edges, contents clean. A near-fine copy. First edition, first printing, first issue, published three years before the American edition and four before the London edition. Lolita was originally published with a printed price of 900 francs on the rear covers, but a sudden currency fluctuation at the time of publication meant that the books had to be re-priced to 1,200 francs. Copies of the first issue appear either without a price change, as in this copy, or with the bookseller's hand-written correction. The second issue appeared with the publisher's over-price sticker to the rear covers. Juliar A28.1. Seller Inventory # 126835

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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About this Item: Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. Condition: Very Good. FIRST EDITION of one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. WITH IMPORTANT PROVENANCE: From the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin, Nabokov's literary agency who was instrumental in its publication. "Vladimir Nabokov is an artist of the first rank, a writer in the great tradition . [and] Lolita is probably the best fiction to come out of this country (so to speak) since Faulkner's burst in the thirties. He may be the most important writer now going in this country. He is already, God help him, a classic" (Critic Conrad Brenner, in 1958). Controversial since its conception, Lolita was rejected by American publishing houses until finally accepted by the avant-garde Olympia Press in Paris and published in a fragile two-volume format. First issue, with 900 Francs on rear wrappers and no evidence of later price sticker. WITH IMPORTANT PROVENANCE: with stamp of the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin, Nabokov's literary agency, on front free endpaper of each volume. Nabokov on the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin and the publication of Lolita: "Lolita was finished at the beginning of 1954, in Ithaca, New York. My first attempts to have it published in the US proved disheartening and irritating. On August 6 of that year, from Taos, New Mexico, I wrote to Madame Ergaz, of the Bureau Littéraire Clairouin, Paris, about my troubles. She had arranged the publication in French of some of my Russian and English books; I now asked her to find somebody in Europe who would publish Lolita in the original English. She replied that she thought she could arrange it. A month later, however, upon my return to Ithaca (where I taught Russian Literature at Cornell) I wrote to her saying I had changed my mind. New hopes had arisen for publication in America. They petered out, and next spring I got in touch with Madame Ergaz again, writing her (Feb. 16) that Sylvia Beach 'might perhaps be interested if she still publishes.' This was not followed up. By April 17 Madame Ergaz had received my transcript. On April 26, 1955, a fatidic date, she said she had found a possible publisher. On May 13 she named that person. It was thus that Maurice Girodias, [founder of The Olympia Press], entered my files?" (Nabokov in Strong Opinions). Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. Octavo, original green paper wrappers; custom box. Two volumes. A little edgewear and a few spots of soiling, usual spine creases. An excellent copy with an important provenance of the rare first issue. Seller Inventory # 1738

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NABOKOV, VLADIMIR

Published by Olympia Press (1955)

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About this Item: Olympia Press, 1955. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Two volume first edition. All the issue points intact, e.g., "900 Fr" with no bloody sticker added. Near fine.The price variations on ABE means one really should look carefully at the condition of the specific books , it's not just a matter of chance.All pages clean and flat and white, no fading, no foxing. Seller Inventory # INDE-C70470

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris, 1955 (1959)

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About this Item: Olympia Press, Paris, 1955, 1959. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Issue bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green paper covers. This First Issue has the printed price of Francs: 900 present on both wrappers. Both volumes are in great shape. The bindings are tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the panels. The pages are clean with light wear to the title page in volume 1. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's condition. We buy Nabokov First Editions. Seller Inventory # ABE-1516054983457

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NABOKOV, VLADIMIR.

Published by Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955 (1955)

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About this Item: Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955, 1955. First Edition; two volumes; original wrappers; presumed earliest issue with the 900 francs price on the back wrappers. Aside from some tiny nicks and very slight rubbing, a near fine set; in a custom clamshell box. That this novel still engenders controversy decades after its publication speaks to its power, importance, and perhaps its permanence. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Seller Inventory # 35523

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NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Published by Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955 (1955)

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About this Item: Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955, 1955. 2 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, titles to spine, two raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a black leather entry slipcase. A fine copy. First edition, first impression, of one of the most notorious books published in the 20th century, published three years before the American edition and four before the London. Seller Inventory # 96183

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Lolita.: NABOKOV, VLADIMIR. -

NABOKOV, VLADIMIR. - [LOLITA - A SCANDALOUS CLASSIC]

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About this Item: Paris, The Olympia Press, (1955). Bound with the original green wrappers in two elegant, uniform, fully contemporary Danish Half morocco-bindings with gilt author and title to spine (Harry Larsen). Elegant burgundy-red paper over boards. Minor traces of use to extremities. Internally very fine, fresh, and clean. First edition, first issue (with "Francs : 900" to back wrappers) of this main work of 20th century literature, which, with its innovative style and highly controversial subject caused a number of scandals after its appearance. It had been turned down by six publishing houses, anticipating how it would be received by the public, but in 1955 Nabokov finally signed a contract with Olympia Press in Paris. By the Sunday Express editor it was called "the filthiest book I have ever read" and "sheer unrestrained pornography"; the Home Office in Great Britain instructed British Customs to seize all copies entering the country, and in 1956 the book was banned in France. The various translations of the work into other languages caused a number of other scandals, but in spite of American officials being anxious about the appearance of the first American edition, this was issued without problems (in 1958) and became an instant bestseller. In fact, it sold more than 100.000 copies within the first three weeks (as the first book after "Gone With the Wind").Today the book has classic status and is considered one of the finest novels of the 20th century. Seller Inventory # 43725

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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About this Item: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First edition, first printing in two volumes. (All points present for both volumes with first issue "900 francs" prices and no traces of stickers.)188 p. (with no pages 11-12 as noted by Juliar); 223 p. Original green wraps. A Very Good+ set overall. Light creasing to both volumes' wrappers, light foxing to edges. Clean text. Volume One about very good with some scattered staining to its wrappers with some toning, worn edges, light dulling to front cover title, creasing and slight lean to the spine, pencil mark through back cover price. Volume Two near fine with clean, bright wrappers and just a bit of wear to its edges. The first appearance of Nabokov's still-controversial novel from Maurice Girodias's pioneering, Paris-based publishers Olympia Press. Seller Inventory # 160322002

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London (1959)

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About this Item: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1959. First British edition. A rare proof copy. Original printed wrappers, tanned and slightly rubbed, pinholes through the front cover and first 30 pages. Juliar E28.2. Seller Inventory # 31013

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam, New York (1955)

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About this Item: Putnam, New York, 1955. Cloth. 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. Seller Inventory # 004399

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NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Published by The Olympia Press (1955)

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About this Item: The Olympia Press, 1955. Two volumes. First edition, first issue with Francs: 900 printed on the back of both volumes. Remains of small bookseller's label on verso of volume I and stamped on the verso of volume II "New Price FRS 1200 by the printed price. Sm. 8vo., original wrappers, bit chipped and rubbed at extremities but generally a good copy. Seller Inventory # 3255

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Lolita (True First Hardcover Printing): Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press (1958)

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About this Item: The Olympia Press, 1958. Hardcover. 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. Seller 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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About this Item: Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press by Steimatzky's Agency, (Jerusalem, 1955. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 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. Seller Inventory # 399516

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Lolita: Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Putnam, New York (1955)

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About this Item: Putnam, New York, 1955. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Fine book in a Fine Dust Jacket. Slight wear to the jacket edge. Seller Inventory # 001608

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NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Published by London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959 (1959)

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About this Item: London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959, 1959. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First UK edition. Seller Inventory # 78303

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LOLITA: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Paris: The Olympia Press; printed in Jerusalem by Steimatzky’s Agency. [1958] (1955)

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About this Item: Paris: The Olympia Press; printed in Jerusalem by Steimatzky’s Agency. [1958], 1955. First hardcover edition of the original Olympia Press edition. Two volumes in one, as issued. Publisher’s original blue Rexene with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding firm and square, the contents toned to the text block edge otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner’s inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and toned original dustwrapper which is a little creased at the top edge of the flaps. Publisher’s ink stamped number (1694) to the bottom edge of the rear flap. An attractive example. This printing, produced in small numbers in Israel c.1958, is the first Olympia Press edition of the novel to appear in hardback. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Seller Inventory # 13636

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

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

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About this Item: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 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. Seller 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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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 58189

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1959 (1959)

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About this Item: London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1959, 1959. A first edition, first printing published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1959. A fine book (minute spotting to the page edge) with full rich topstain still present. In a fine lightly rubbed dust wrapper which is unclipped. Simply the best copy you could find. Many copies will purport to be fine - this definitely is. Seller Inventory # 10691

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Girodias, Maurice; Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Paris: The Olympia Press (1957)

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About this Item: Paris: The Olympia Press, 1957. Soft Cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Limited edition of 5,000 numbered copies. Publisher's yellow paper wrappers, blue title panels to the front wrapper and spine, lettered in black and yellow. About near fine, with some light rubbing to the extremities, a hint of toning to the spine, minor soiling to the wrappers, else fine. A clean and pleasing example of a scarce title. L'Affaire Lolita is a pamphlet regarding the publication and censorship of Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita, which tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a professor of literature with a penchant for pre-teen "nymphets." Despite the fact that it was originally published in Paris by the Olympia Press, Lolita was banned in France in 1955; at the behest of the British government, who had also banned the novel, the French authorities seized twenty-five of the Olympia Press' works, including Lolita. Shortly thereafter, Maurice Girodias, founder of the press, dubbed the controversy "l'affaire Lolita" in reference to the 1890s Dreyfus Affair and what the French press had dubbed "l'affaire Miller" when Tropic of Cancer was banned several years prior. Girodias published this pamphlet in order to garner support for his protest of the ban - a lawsuit which he ultimately won. Specifically, this volume includes Girodias' article "L'affaire Lolita," an essay by Nabokov, selections from Lolita, and selected other essays, all of which are printed in French. Seller Inventory # VN014

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Phaedra Inc., Publishers, NY / Berkeley, CA (1967)

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About this Item: Phaedra Inc., Publishers, NY / Berkeley, CA, 1967. Hard Cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 15591

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Lolita.: NABOKOV, Vladimir.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Published by London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959 (1959)

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About this Item: London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959, 1959. Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in silver, top edge pink. With the dust jacket. Spine lightly rolled, edges slightly foxed, else a very copy in the dust jacket, spine panel lightly faded and creased at foot with a few marks of abrasion, tiny soiling to rear panel, couple of marks of foxing on verso. First UK edition, first impression. Nabokov's masterpiece had originally been published in Paris in 1955. Seller Inventory # 124993

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Putnam, EB (1955)

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About this Item: Putnam, EB, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 8vo. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1955. 319 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. DJ has light shelf-wear present to the DJ extremities (small tape repair present to the crown of the DJ spine; even more curious is the DJ that is both stamped Book Club Edition but also has a price present). Previous owner's name present to the FFEP Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards lightly rubbed and worn. Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899 – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American novelist. His first nine novels were in Russian, and he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. He was also a capable lepidopterist and chess composer. EB; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 319 pages. Seller Inventory # 52744

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by McGraw-Hill, New York (1974)

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About this Item: McGraw-Hill, New York, 1974. First edition. Uncorrected Proof. Green wrappers. Nearly fine, spine slightly faded, faint staining to front cover. Juliar E45.1. Seller Inventory # 31054

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Nabokov, Vladimir

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

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About this Item: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1955. Hardcover. 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.". Seller Inventory # D12934

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Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Olympia Press (1955)

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About this Item: Olympia Press, 1955. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Volume 2 only.900 francs on back cover. Seller Inventory # 4988

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