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Lolita by  Vladimir [1899-1977] Nabokov - Hardcover - 1958 - from Little Stour Books PBFA and Biblio.com

Lolita

by Nabokov, Vladimir [1899-1977]

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Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press 7, Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris First Israeli Edition [1958] 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.

Lolita is widely regarded as one of the greatest books of the 20th Century.  The cultural influence of Lolita cannot be understated, and numerous editions have been printed since 1955. The book has been made into movies, plays, and has sparked countless conversations about relationships and the nature of obsession. Even the covers of the later editions have sparked controversy, as they feature potentially suggestive depictions of the famous "nymphet". Unsurprisingly, Lolita is often at the top of banned books lists in high schools. - - Read more: Identifying first editions of Lolita




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On Aug 26 2014, said:
  "Vladimir Nabokov's postmodern masterpiece about a man's obsession with a young girl is nothing short of remarkable. Not only does Nabokov situate the story within the context of Cold War America, but he has the ability to make the reader sympathise with an otherwise immoral character. Through Nabokov's lyrical, poetic and deceptive writing, the story becomes at once comical and poignant. Underneath all the amusing and colourful metaphors and allusions to American popular culture is a deeply affecting story about obsession, innocence and unrequited love. As with Jack Kerouac's On The Road, the theme of 'the journey' is strongly emphasised throughout, as the lead character descends deeper into madness as he and his step-daughter travel around America. A cult classic and must-read, Lolita is the work of genius."


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