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LOLITA (Olympia Press Paris, 1955 Edition, 2 Paper Back Volumes in a Custom Clamshell Case)

by Nabokov, Vladimir

Condition: Very Good+

Paris, France: Olympia Press. Very Good+. 1955. First Edition. Softcover. In original green wraps. First edition, first printing in two volumes. 188pp/223pp. 1st Edition points confirmed, both volumes with first issue "900 francs" prices and no traces of stickers, 1st volume with no pages 11-12. Quite a nice set overall, has been protected for a very long time in a custom built clamshell box. Wraps are very bright and colors consistant, no fading. Spine just slightly (and typically) creased. Covers well attached and binding solid, just a slight bit of edgewear and slight bit of wear to the spine edges. Volume 1 has what appears to be a small ink stain on the top edge, mostly just on the surface of the edge and just slighly penetrating down on the the top edge of a few pages. Otherwise interior pages spotless, no markings or writing. Overall a very lovely copy of this fragile edition housed in a somewhat utilitarian but still quiet appealing early clamshell box covered with greenish/tan linen with protective felt interior. The first appearance of Nabokov's controversial novel. .
Multi-volume Set

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 (Olympia Press Paris, 1955 Edition, 2 Paper Back Volumes in a Custom Clamshell Case)



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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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