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John Bertram, Yuri Leving

Published by FW Publications Inc, United States (2013)

ISBN 10: 1440329869 ISBN 13: 9781440329869

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Item Description: FW Publications Inc, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What should Lolita look like? The question has dogged book-cover designers since 1955, when Lolita was first published in a plain green wrapper. The heroine of Vladimir Nabokov s classic novel has often been shown as a teenage seductress in heart-shaped glasses--a deceptive image that misreads the book but has seeped deep into our cultural life, from fashion to film. Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov s Novel in Art and Design reconsiders the cover of Lolita. Eighty renowned graphic designers and illustrators (including Paula Scher, Jessica Hische, Jessica Helfand, and Peter Mendelsund) offer their own takes on the book s jacket, while graphic-design critics and Nabokov scholars survey more than half a century of Lolita covers. Through the lenses of design and literature, Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl tells the strange design history of one of the most important novels of the 20th century--and offers a new way for thinking visually about difficult books. You ll never look at Lolita the same way again. Bookseller Inventory # POW9781440329869

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John Bertram, Yuri Leving

Published by FW Publications Inc, United States (2013)

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Item Description: FW Publications Inc, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. What should Lolita look like? The question has dogged book-cover designers since 1955, when Lolita was first published in a plain green wrapper. The heroine of Vladimir Nabokov s classic novel has often been shown as a teenage seductress in heart-shaped glasses--a deceptive image that misreads the book but has seeped deep into our cultural life, from fashion to film. Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov s Novel in Art and Design reconsiders the cover of Lolita. Eighty renowned graphic designers and illustrators (including Paula Scher, Jessica Hische, Jessica Helfand, and Peter Mendelsund) offer their own takes on the book s jacket, while graphic-design critics and Nabokov scholars survey more than half a century of Lolita covers. Through the lenses of design and literature, Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl tells the strange design history of one of the most important novels of the 20th century--and offers a new way for thinking visually about difficult books. You ll never look at Lolita the same way again. Bookseller Inventory # POW9781440329869

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Library of America, New York (1996)

ISBN 10: 1883011191 ISBN 13: 9781883011192

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Item Description: Library of America, New York, 1996. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: None. 904 pages, stated 1st printing, green cloth hardcover, gilt title on spine, fine condition with ivory slipcase decorated with gilt design, silk ribbon page marker. No dust jacket issued. Record # 409852. Bookseller Inventory # 409852

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Lolita: Part Two (The Traveller's Companion Series,: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press, Paris (1959)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1959. Paperback. Book Condition: Very good. Fourth Printing. Fourth Printing. Paperback. 6 7/8" X 4 3/8". 221pp. Mild edgewear and sunning to stiff green paper wraps. Light creasing to spine and slight warping to bottom edges of text block. Binding is tight, firm, and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very presentable copy of this second part of the Traveller's Companion edition of Nabokov's most admired and controversial work. Bookseller Inventory # 2621

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Nabokov, Vladimir.

Published by New York: Library of America.

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Item Description: New York: Library of America. First Edition, 1996. A Fine hardcover copy in dark green cloth, in a Fine black (trade edition) dustwrapper, not price-clipped. Edited by Bruce Boyd. 904pp, with Chronology and Notes. Bookseller Inventory # Q02449

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Vladimir Nabokov

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

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Item Description: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1958. Quarter Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Seventh Impression. Octavo 22cm. Quarter Cloth Hardcover Seventh Impression, 1958. 319pp. . . . Bound in paper-covered boards with green/white striping, and black cloth with gilt lettering on the side. Very mild toning and edgewear. Binding is sturdy. Top edge of textblock tinted red, fore ege rough cut. Pages are clean; previous owner name written on front endpaper. Lacking the dustjacket. . Bookseller Inventory # GRP62435858

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Sur: Buenos Aires (1959) (1959)

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Item Description: Sur: Buenos Aires (1959), 1959. 8 x 5.5", printed green wraps, 316pp + publisher's ad, covers rubbed, extremities worn, spine ends torn, bottom of spine with old cello-tape residue, spine cocked, pp toned, inner hinges cracking. "Se Termino de Imprimir el 10 de Junio de 1959.". Bookseller Inventory # 99-6913

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Nabokov, Vladimir.

Published by Library of America, New York (1996)

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Item Description: Library of America, New York, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. First Printing. A Very Fine copy in green cloth, in a Very Fine glossy black dustwrapper, not price-clipped. 904pp. Edited by Brian Boyd, with textual notes at end. The LOA series is the first to issue an omnibus collection of Nabokov's works in English. Q09941. Bookseller Inventory # Q09941

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Nabokov, Vladimir

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

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Item Description: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1958. Book Club Edition, First Printing ( Library of Congress Catalog No. 58-10755). 319 pages including a 7-page afterward by Nabokov and a 4-page forward by John Ray Jr. Black cloth with gilt title on the spine. There is no mention of book club or later printing, but there is an impressed square at the bottom of the back cover and no price on the front flap.Top edge stained red (which may have bled to a tiny area on the lower text edge). The book appears unread and is in pristine condition. Bro-Dart-protected Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, with some spots of dust soiling and a tiny closed cut at the bottom of the cover. White paper with green and blue lettering on the cover and spine and a green/blue decoration on the cover. Bookseller Inventory # KJS964

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY (1958)

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Item Description: G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1958. Hardcover, 8vo. Seventh impression. 319 pgs. Green decorated sides, and black cloth spine, with slight whitening bloom there. Internally sound, square, unmarked. Jacket bears $5.00 price and is not clipped, has small chips at head, 1/2" closed tear front panel, yellow ink faded as usual. A nice copy of a slightly later printing (1958) that 1955 first. LCC 58-10755 Very good condition in very good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 388

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NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Published by Olympia Press,, Paris: (1958)

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Item Description: Olympia Press,, Paris:, 1958. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Volume Two only. No. 66 of The Traveller's Companion Series. Stated second printing (paperback). Moderate edge wear and age toning to covers, else very good in green mass market sized printed wraps. ; 223 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 84766

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Vladimir Nabokov

Published by The Olympia Press (1958)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, 1958. Book Condition: Very Good. vol 1-2. Complete set of two volumes. 2nd printing 1958. Original green card covers. Shelf worn with some small loss to spines. Otherwise a very good clean set. Bookseller Inventory # 006016

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Traveller's Companion) Vladimir Nabokov

Published by The Olympia Press, Paris (1959)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1959. Two volumes. Green printed wrappers. 16mo., 189, (3); 221, (1) pages. Traveller's Companion No. 66. Third printing. Price 2.400 Francs. A good only copy with an attractive small Dutch bookplate, signature and date, rubbing and edgewear, and a stain to the upper inside corner of Vol. One, extending through the first 30 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 006405

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Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Olympia, Israel (1959)

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Item Description: Olympia, Israel, 1959. Original Wraps. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Thus. Soft-covered edition of the Steimatzky Olympia partnership, numbered 507 on the rear interior wrap. This copy has some creasing to the covers and a half inch tear up the spine in front. Inside is the ubiquitous Steimatzky sticker, green and white, with a number in blue written on the stub. The text is like new. The book looks just like the Parisian original, but both volumes are in one book. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000350

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris, [1955, Book Date] (1955)

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Item Description: Olympia Press, Paris, [1955, Book Date], 1955. No Binding. Book Condition: Clamshell As New. No Jacket. 1st Edition Clamshell Collecor's Case. Custom Fitted Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase [Not A Book] HAND-CRAFTED by our conservation team, each box is gilt-stamped on an inset brick red title piece. The case is finished inside & out in green cloth with a 'sculpted pattern design on the side. TBCL Web Site photo/link available for OVER 100 generally in-stock titles. Custom Craft available. First Edition Clamshell Case. Bookseller Inventory # 31470

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Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Steimatzky's Agency for the Olympia Press, Paris, Jerusalem, Israel (1955)

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Item Description: Steimatzky's Agency for the Olympia Press, Paris, Jerusalem, Israel, 1955. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fair. Numbered 1551 on the rear interior wrap. The 223 pages of the book contain both parts of the book. Some creasing to the covers and some 2 cm are missing from the bottom of the spine. A tear at top of spine. Spine stained, as is inside cover, on which is the ubiquitous Steimatzky sticker, green and white. Back cover and some 3 of the last pages stained, and other pages inside book are slightly foxed. The Title page is marked by the previous owner's name. The text is like new. The book looks just like the Parisian original, but both volumes are in one book. Size: 185*110 MM. Bookseller Inventory # 6127

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Soft cover green wraps 223 pages in one volume. Bookseller Inventory # 000402

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Item Description: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Library of America, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition.... Three volume set (Library of America #87, 88. & 89); 1st edition/1st printings; Books have green cloth covered boards and are housed in matching cream colored slipcases; Original issue for Library Of America subscribers; #87 is a fine copy in a near fine to fine slipcase with a slight amount of wear to the slipcase; #88 is a fine minus to near fine copy with some light bumping to the head of the spine and a small amount of soiling to the leading edge of the page block, in a fine slipcase. #89 is a near fine to fine copy with a slight amount of soiling to the leading page block edge, in a fine slipcase. Overall, a very nice set of the works of one of the best known authors of the 20th Century. 8vo; 710, 904 & 824 pages, respectively. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 23062

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY (1958)

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Item Description: G. P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1958. Hardcover, 8vo. Second printing (stated on jacket). 319 pgs. Green decorated sides, and black cloth spine, both fresh and clean. Internally sound, square, unmarked. Jacket bears $5.00 price and is not clipped, does not say "Complete and unabridged", has small chips at head of book and tail of spine, and one corner, yellow ink faded as usual. 1/2" jacket tear near front gutter, closed. A nice copy of the second printing in U.S. No printing sequence within book, thus matches 2nd issue, as on jacket. LCC 58-10755 Very good condition in very good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 402

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LOLITA. Custom Collector's Clamshell Case.: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris, [1955, Book Date] (1955)

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Item Description: Olympia Press, Paris, [1955, Book Date], 1955. No Binding. Book Condition: Clamshell As New. No Jacket. 1st Edition Clamshell Collecor's Case. Custom Fitted Leather Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase [Not A Book] HAND-CRAFTED by our conservation team, each box is gilt-stamped to the spine.The case is finished in dark green leather over hand-made TBCL Lolita green marbled papers; the interior lined in soft black velour. An exquisite collector's case for this important title. TBCL Web Site photo/link available for OVER 100 generally in-stock titles. Custom Craft available. First Edition Clamshell Case. Bookseller Inventory # 31711

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Lolita (Two Volume Edition): Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press / Traveller's Companion Series, Paris (1959)

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Item Description: Olympia Press / Traveller's Companion Series, Paris, 1959. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Fourth printing of the two volume Traveller's Companion Series No. 66 edition. Original price of 2,400 francs on back covers. Green paperbacks with slight wear to corners and edges of covers. Includes "Publisher's Digression" and foreword. Lolita was published by Olympia Press in France after being turned down by major American publishers because of its content. Though the content is still controversial, today the book is considered by many to be one of the finest novels written in the twentieth century . Bookseller Inventory # 140187

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by First Edition Library, Shelton CT (1983)

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Item Description: First Edition Library, Shelton CT, 1983. Softcover. Book Condition: Fine. Facsimile of the first edition published by Olympia Press in 1955. From the banned "Published in Paris" series by the First Edition Library. Two volume green softcover enclosed in a tan cloth-covered clamshell box with green leather spine labels. Books are in mint condition; completely unmarked and unread, with no creases to spine. Clamshell has a slight red mark to top edge of spine, else fine. Shipped in a box, not an envelope. Domestic shipping includes tracking. Bookseller Inventory # 2435

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LOLITA (2 VOLS.): Nabokov, Vladmir

Nabokov, Vladmir

Published by The Olympia Press , The Traveller's Companion., Paris, (1959)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press , The Traveller's Companion., Paris, 1959. Wrappers. Book Condition: Very Good. Stated 3rd printing. April 1959. Two uniform volumes in green wrappers with white spine with title, as the same format as the 1955 first issue, but including the Publisher's Digression preface to Vol.1; Number 66 in Olympia's Traveller's Companion series. Both volumes priced 2400 Francs to the rear. Both volumes just about very good. See photos. Bookseller Inventory # 004368

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press (1955)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, 1955. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, fourth impression (September 1959) – two uniform volumes in green wrappers with white spine labels, to the same format as the 1955 first issue, but including the ‘Publisher’s Digression’ preface to Vol.1; Number 66 in Olympia’s ‘Traveller’s Companion’ series. Both volumes priced 2400 Francs to the rear. Fine: both are tightly bound with square, unbroken spines, free of creases and rubbing, presenting as unread; neat ownership signature and date to the head of each title page, else delightfully bright, crisp and clean; tiny (2mm) nick to the head of the front panel of Vol.1. Superb copies and scarce in such condition. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Bookseller Inventory # H978

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Nabokov, Vladimir.

Published by Olympia Press (September, 1959), Paris (1959)

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Item Description: Olympia Press (September, 1959), Paris, 1959. First edition, stated fourth printing: The two-volume "Traveller's Companion" edition (no. 66 in that series) of one of the most controversial classics of 20th-century literature. Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press specialized in providing the types of books that would be automatically banned in Britain and the United States; in addition to Lolita, it was the first to publish Donleavy's Ginger Man as well as avant-garde and controversial works by prominent Beat writers including William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso, along with numerous exuberantly pornographic works penned pseudonymously by members of the Paris expatriate community. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.8 "). 2 vols. I: 189, [3] pp. II: 221, [1] pp. Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; very slight traces of shelfwear, vol. I with tiny nick to front wrapper. A crisp, clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 35649

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Lolita: Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press/Steimetsky's Agency, Paris/Jerusalem (1958)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press/Steimetsky's Agency, Paris/Jerusalem, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. Part One: 190 pp, Part Two: 223 pp. Dark blue textured leather-like paper- or rexine-covered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Spine lettering dulled, bottom page edge surface has two slight stains. Endpapers have offsetting. Price of 7.500 penciled on ffep. Rear paste-down has number stamp "633." Binding is tight and square. Text block is clean, square and tight throughout, near fine. Green jacket has general soiling and toning to the while on spine, but design and lettering are clear. Light rubbing and chipping to extremties and spine ends. Two short closed tesrs to top of front and small scraped spot on rear. The Olympia Press is the first publisher of Lolita in 1955: a two-volume set in wrappers. They published it after it was rejected by several American publishers. This edition, circa 1958, is their first hardcover edition and is numbered 633. The "Publisher's Digression" describes the history of publications and censorship since 1955 in America and Europe with the latest date mentioned being August 1958 when an American edition was first published. The copyright page states, "Export of this edition from Israel is prohibited." Combines two parts in one volume. Scarce. Size: 12mo. Bookseller Inventory # 026871

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LOLITA: Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

Published by Steimatzky's Agency/Offset Sh. Monson (1958)

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Item Description: Steimatzky's Agency/Offset Sh. Monson, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Item 9075 Author: Vladimir Nabokov Title: LOLITA PUblisher: Steimatzky's Agency/Offset Sh. Monson First edition (israel) Jerusalem 1958 Condition: Very good, with green DJ,19.5x12x 2.7 Cms), 223 pages, Weight 380 grams book Description: Jerusalem: The Olympia Press, 1955 [1958], 1958. 2 volumes in one, octavo. Original blue Rexene, titles to spine gilt 223 pp.; Lolita. Jerusalem: Steimatzky's Agency for the Olympia Press, 1955, First Israeli edition, first printing, offset from the sheets of the second Paris edition, first single volume and first hardcover edition of one of the most controversial novels of modern times, dust-jacket slightly torn at corners, spine and back which were somehow repaired The book inner and back cover show some foxing. Otherwise in very good condition This is the hardback issue. An uncommon printing of Nabokov's masterpiece and one of the black tulips in Girodias's canon. There were apparently 1200 numbered copies printed (ours bears the number 1158 on the rear pastedown) of which about half were issued in wrappers the rest as here in boards. Bookseller Inventory N° 9075 Satisfaction guaranteed, Bookseller Inventory N° 9075, free shipping to USA or within Colombia. Our price USD 1,999.88. Bookseller Inventory # 9075

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Lolita (True First Hardcover Printing): Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir

Published by The Olympia Press (1958)

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Item Description: The Olympia Press, 1958. Hardcover. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # H999

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NABOKOV, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press, Paris (1955)

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From: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Olympia Press, Paris, 1955. paperback. First. 2 volumes. 12mos, printed green wrappers. Paris: Olympia Press, (1955). First Edition. First issue, with the 900 franc price on both volumes. Very good copy of this modern classic, with minimal wear to the edges and spines. Light foxing on the fore-edges and preliminary pages, not affecting text block; light diagonal creases on back covers. Bookseller Inventory # 270052

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Olympia Press] NABOKOV, Vladimir

Published by Olympia Press (1955)

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From: Neil Pearson Rare Books (London, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: Olympia Press, 1955. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2 vols., pp. 188 and 223. Original green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black. Printed price of 900 Francs to rear panel of both volumes. Vol. I: 1cm chip to foot of front panel at spine, some wear to spine edges and ends, small pencilled marking to rear panel, about very good. Vol. II: Some wear to spine edges and ends, small closed tear to rear panel at top of spine, a little bumped and rubbed, about very good. First edition, first issue, with the original printed price of 900 Francs to the rear panel of both volumes. Lolita, one of the towering literary achievements of the twentieth century and Nabokov's best-known masterpiece, was turned down by every major American publishing house. It eventually found a home in Paris with Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press, an imprint far better known for low sleaze than high art. Nabokov was appalled by the company his book was forced to keep on the Olympia list, and he and Girodias conducted a bitter, litigious feud lasting years. During that time Lolita's reputation grew in direct inverse proportion to its availability. The novel was banned in the UK shortly after publication; the French authorities followed suit at the end of 1956. Lolita finally found an American publisher in 1958, whereupon a newspaper asked the great and the good for their opinions. Groucho Marx declared he wasn't going to read it for six years, until Lolita was eighteen. This Lolita is showing her age a little, and the chip to the front panel of Volume I either makes this set less desirable or more affordable, depending on your attitude to condition. The set conforms exactly to the bibliographical citation in Kearney (1.13.1) with the exception of the presence of a rear blank endpaper in Volume I which is not called for. It's possible that this is a variant, more likely that the endpaper was simply missed during collation. An expensive chip -- fine copies of this title command more than twice the price of this one -- but still a very good set. Kearney: 1.13. Bookseller Inventory # 1878

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