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

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From: Lynge & Søn ILAB-LILA (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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Item Description: 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. Bookseller Inventory # 43725

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Lolita.: NABOKOV, Vladimir.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

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

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From: Peter Harrington. ABA member (London, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1958], 1958. Octavo. Original black cloth-backed grey patterned boards, titles to spine gilt, red endpapers, top edge red. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom red flat-back box. Foxing to boards and edges, spotting to first few pages. A very good copy in the slightly toned jacket with small chip to foot of rear panel, a couple of short closed tears and rubbing to extremities. First US edition, seventh impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Gary Simpson, from Vladimir Nabokov". Nabokov's masterpiece was first published in Paris in 1955. This edition, first issued earlier the same year, was the first full appearance of Lolita in the US (part of it had been excerpted in the Anchor Review in 1957), and it contains some minor textual revisions from the Paris edition and a new afterword, in which Nabokov recounts his difficulties in having the book published in America. Bookseller Inventory # 122679

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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From: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC (Laguna Hills, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. Soft cover. Book 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). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17472613869

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