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Lolita

By Nabokov, Vladimir




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. - -

First edition identification and notes

Even though Vladimir Nabokov originally wrote the book in English in the United States, he could find no American publishers to accept the manuscript. Nabokov eventually found Olympia Press publishing house in France, and the 1955 first printing of about 5,000 copies sold out fairly quickly. The book was first published as green hardcovers in two volumes, with the price of "Francs : 900" stamped on back wrappers of each copy. Most later editions were printed as paperbacks with both volumes in one book. 

Due to the infamous subject matter of the book, Lolita was quickly banned in much of Europe, but was finally published in the United States in 1958. The American edition found a receptive audience, as it became the first book after Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind to sell 100,000 copies in just three weeks. -


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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First edition. 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. 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. 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

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

Olympia Press, Paris, 1955 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). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine.

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LOLITA

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: Olympia, 1955. First edition. Paperback. Near fine. 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.

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Lolita.

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition, association copy of Nabokov's masterpiece from the library of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Bishop and Nabokov both gained international recognition for their mastery of prose in America in the mid-20th century. It was not until Nabokov began writing in the English language that he gained a reputation as a great writer, and it was the present volume that catapulted his career. Referred to by Dwight Garner as "the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century", Elizabeth Bishop's first book North & South, was first published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Prize for poetry. She would go on to become the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Nabokov was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An important association, linking two masters of English prose. "Brilliant One of the funniest and one of the saddest books that will be published this year" (New York Times). "Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind, for Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farce. Lolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy" (Atlantic Monthly). The novel became the basis for the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film starring James Mason and Peter Sellers.

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Lolita (2 Volumes)

Nabokov, Vladimir

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.. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine.

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Lolita.

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition of Nabokov's masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example. "Brilliant One of the funniest and one of the saddest books that will be published this year" (New York Times). "Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind, for Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farce. Lolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy" (Atlantic Monthly). The novel became the basis for the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film starring James Mason and Peter Sellers.

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Lolita.

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition of Nabokov's masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In very good condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities. "Brilliant One of the funniest and one of the saddest books that will be published this year" (New York Times). "Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind, for Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farce. Lolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy" (Atlantic Monthly). The novel became the basis for the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film starring James Mason and Peter Sellers.

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Lolita.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Paris: The Olympia Press,, 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.

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Lolita

NABOKOV, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. Softcover. Near Fine. First edition. Two volumes. Printed wrappers with "Francs 900" on both rear panels. Touch of wear at the edges of each volume, along with owner's names and book store stamps, and Volume One with sticker remnant on the rear panel with the price crossed out in pencil and "1,200" written in, else fine. The true first edition of one of the highspots 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. Remade by Adrian Lyne in 1997 with Jeremy Irons.

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Lolita.

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

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").<br><br>Today the book has classic status and is considered one of the finest novels of the 20th century.

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

Nabokov, Vladimir

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. .

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. 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.

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Lolita

NABOKOV, Vladimir

Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First. paperback. 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 cover of volume 2.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 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.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition. Two volumes, original green printed wrappers. Light wear to the edges of the covers, and small stains on the edges, spines characteristically lightly tanned, a very good set. Issue "a" with 900 Francs price on covers. Juliar A28.1.1.

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Lolita.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

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.|||

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Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

First Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Fine book in a Fine Dust Jacket. Slight wear to the jacket edge.

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Lolita

NABOKOV, Vladimir

(Jerusalem: Printed in Israel for The Olympia Press by Steimatzky's Agency, 1955. Hardcover. Near Fine/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.

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Lolita.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, , 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.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir [1899-1977]

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.

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Lolita [First Edition in Russian]

Nabokov, Vladimir

New York: Phaedra, 1967. First Russian Edition. Hardcover. Orig. pink boards. Fine in fine dust wrapper housed in clear mylar wrapper. 304 pages. 21 x 14 cm. The translation was the only one prepared by Nabokov himself and includes a postscript that appears only in this edition. The literary sensation of Lolita The publication of Lolita -- in which the author invented the word "nymphet"-- in New York in 1958 was an international sensation. It transformed its author from destitute émigré to international celebrity. The author had worked tirelessly on the manuscript for more than five years between 1948 and 1953, keeping the subject matter (the immigrant Humbert Humbert's unnatural love for the all American girl child Lolita) a closely guarded secret to anyone other than his wife and his then friend, the critic Edmund Wilson. Nabokov lost heart and came close to destroying the manuscript: on several occasions if not for his wife Vera who rescued his work from the incinerator. JULIAR A28.7b. A mint copy in unclipped dust wrapper.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

New York: Putnam & Sons, 1955. First American edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. Near Fine, a tight square copy, top stained red. Some offsetting to the edges of boards. In a like jacket with slight sunning to spine and shelfwear to panels. Some creasing and small closed tears to top of rear panel with no paper loss. Red endpapers. Internally clean and unmarked. This controversial novel is frequently on the list of top books from the past century. Originally released in France because American publishers were wary of such "obscene" material, Lolita tangles sexual taboo and violence with incredibly seductive prose. "Shocking is the reaction the author somehow manages to elicit from his readers: empathy. Readers always read, I think, out of a tremendous curiosity about other human beings, we're looking for another soul on the page, and that's what Nabokov has so fearlessly, so complexly, so gorgeously given us. In a lesser writer's hands, we could easily dismiss Mr. Humbert as a monster, but Nabokov denies us that all-too comfortable option. Even if we would never condone his vain and deadly infatuation, we understand it. We're complicit in his sins, and our complicity is seductive and terrifying" (Johnston). Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1955 G.P. Putanm's Sons, New York c. 1955. First American Edition. Remarkably uncommon in the correct (unclipped) dust jacket and the true trade first edition (not the book club). Previous owner's bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper. Original price of $5.00 printed on the front flap of the dust jacket. A fine copy in a near fine jacket. A small closed tear on the front panel, near the spine hinge. Comes housed in a custom slipcase.. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Lolita (Original three-sheet film poster)

Nabokov, Vladimir (novel, screenwriter); Stanley Kubrick (director); James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1962. Original US three-sheet poster for the 1962 film. An iconic image for an iconic film. Kubrick's rendition of Nabokov's masterpiece is legendary in its own right, a work that stands ten feet above the rhetoric later raised by Nabokov's son and the resulting forgettable 1997 remake. Kubrick's carefully crafted film preserves the mystery, tragedy, and humor of Nabokov's source material, while adding a level of its own perversion-notably with its portrayal of Claire Quilty, represented in a performance by Peter Sellers that according to some sources was mostly improvised. And who could ever best Shelley Winters as Lolita's grasping mother, or James Mason as the long-suffering Humbert? 41 x 81 inches, linen-backed. Near Fine.

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Lolita.

Nabokov, Vladimir

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1955. First American edition and first trade edition of Nabokov's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Photograph of Nabokov by Maclean Dameron. Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example. One of the most celebrated books in history, Nabokov's Lolita quickly attained classic status upon publication in 1955. Notable for its controversial subject, the novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne in addition to several adaptations for stage. "Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind. For Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farce. Lolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy" (Atlantic Monthly).

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Lolita.

NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Weidenfeld and Nicolson., 1959. First U. K. edition. Octavo. 319 pages. Fine in fine dustwrapper with just a hint of rubbing to the edges. The best copy we have seen.

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Lolita

NABOKOV, Vladimir

New York: Putnam, 1955. First. hardcover. fine. 319 pages. 8vo, handsomely rebound in half black morocco; gilt-ruled and lettered spine with raised bands. New York: Putnam, [1958] with 1955 printed on copyright page. First American edition. A fine copy.

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Lolita

NABOKOV, Vladimir (1899-1977)

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959. [Modern Literature] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.319; [1]. Publisher's black cloth with silver titles to spine, top edge tinted red, dust-jacket designed by Eric Ayers with printed price of 21s net. Internally clean, some pages a little creased to the top corner, some spotting to edges. Cloth shows well, lightly pushed to spine ends. Wrapper a little edgeworn and marked, a few small closed tears. Very good. An attractive copy of this infamous novel about sexual obsession.

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LOLITA

Nabokov, Vladimir

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1959). First UK edition, preceded by the U.S. in 1958. Originally published in Paris in 1955. The classic tale of child sexual abuse and the lies abusers tell themselves. 8vo silver-stamped black cloth; top edge red. Bright and fine in near fine dust jacket with internally mended 1" tear to bottom front spine fold with attendant rubbed creasing extending to base of spine but otherwise only the barest wear.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1955. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/Good. 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."

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Lolita: A Screenplay

Nabokov, Vladimir

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

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Lolita.

Nabokov, Vladimir

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959. First British edition of Nabokov's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket designed by Eric Ayers. A very sharp example. One of the most celebrated books in history, Nabokov's Lolita quickly attained classic status upon publication in 1955. Notable for its controversial subject, the novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne in addition to several adaptations for stage. "Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind. For Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farce. Lolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy" (Atlantic Monthly).

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Lolita (Russian language)

NABOKOV, Vladimir

New York: Phaedra Publishers, 1967. Pink boards, 304 pp; spine shows some cocking, in addition, a mylar cover was once on the dj & this has resulted in some tape stains on the endpapers, front & back; very minor bumping to the upper front board edge & very minor soiling to boards; the dust jacket shows some wrinkling (due to the mylar) & light soiling to the front & foxing to the inside, as well there is a narrow 2 1/2" strip of glue which was used to paste down the mylar protector (I have left a strip of mylar to cover the glue residue, which could probably be removed). {13}. First This Edition. Boards. Very Good -/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Lolita.

Nabokov, Vladimir.

Paris: Olympia Press, (September, 1959). 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.8 "). 2 vols. I: 189, [3] pp. II: 221, [1] pp. 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. Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; very slight traces of shelfwear, vol. I with tiny nick to front wrapper. A crisp, clean copy.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

New York: Putnam's, 1958. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 1958. First American edition, and second in English following the original Paris edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. A few shallow tears and chips along the edges of the jacket; a single 2-inch snag on the rear panel; light, general discoloration. First issue dust jacket with price intact. Digital images available upon request.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959. Hardcover. First edition, in Eric Ayers unclipped jacket (21s). From publisher's office, with typesetting reference notes penned on FEP. Jacket is slightly marked on rear; shelfworn, with a few nicks and minor tears on edges and corners; spine ends are a little chipped. Two nicks at hardcover's spine head. Minor age-related marks on two or three early pages; all text is clear. TS. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Used.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

NY: Putnam; (1955) First US, and first hardcover edition, first issue, of this classic novel (actually published in 1958). Very good in a very good first issue dust jacket. The patterned boards are just slightly darkened at the edges, as is the page block. The jacket is uniformly browned, and has a couple of small chips at the spine ends. There are some internal tape repairs to the jacket, and one small tape repair externally at the head of the spine. The jacket is also creased at the spine and has some closed tears at the edges. A solid copy in an acceptable dust jacket that presents fairly well.. First Edition. Hard Cover.

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Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959. First British edition. Black cloth, corners bumped, a near-fine copy in near-fine dust jacket, lightly edge-worn. Juliar A28.3.

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LOLITA [FEL FACSIMILE OF 1955 FIRST EDITION]

NABOKOV, VLADIMIR

Shelton, Connecticut: First Edition Library, 1983. Lolita was first published by the Olympia Press, Paris in 1955. This two volume exact facsimile was published by the First Edition Library in 1983 with enormous attention to detail. Two volumes bound in dull green wrappers as issued by the Olympia Press. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with green leather spine labels titled in gilt. This title and two others (Tropic of Cancer and Ulysses) were published by The First Edition Library by subscription only in a special series "Published in Paris Banned." Both volumes as well as the clamshell box are bright and fine, as new. See photos. . Limited Edition. Soft Cover. Fine.

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Lolita

NABOKOV, Vladimir (1899-1977)

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959. [Modern Literature] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.319; [1]. Publisher's black cloth with silver titles to spine, top edge tinted red, dust-jacket designed by Eric Ayers with printed price of 21s net. Light spotting to edges and endpapers, otherwise internally fine, top edge stain a little faded and spotted. Wrapper shows well with some light handling, some red offsetting from the top stain to the top margin of the inner flaps. An attractive copy. Very good. This infamous tale of sexual obsession was the basis for Stanley Kubrick's 1962 movie starring James Mason and Shelley Winters, for which author Vladimir Nabokov received an Oscar nomination (Best Screenplay).

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LOLITA Franklin Library

Vladimir Nabokov

Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library. 1981. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. A Limited Edition. ; A Limited Edition.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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LOLITA Franklin Library

Nabokov, Vladimir

Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library. 1981. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. Leather bound, Accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. A Limited Edition. ; A Limited Edition.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Lolita (Volumes One and Two)

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. Two-volume set. Paperbacks - first edition, second printing, November 1958, stated on covers and with the printed 2400F raised price point for the pair on rear (in true Girodias fashion). Traveller's Companion no. 66 - 190/223pp. Both volumes are slightly cocked, with a few minor marks, and creases on v.2. Both are edgeworn, with creased, slightly sunned spines, scuffed at sides with tears at ends. Corners of covers and pages are bent. Page blocks are tanned and foxed; rare instances of age-related marks within; interiors are on the whole very good, and all text is clear. TS. First Edition. Paperback. Good. Used.

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LOLITA

Vladimir Nabokov

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1959. First UK Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. Size: octavo (standard book size). 319 pages. Top red (slightly faded). First impression . Dust-jacket shows only slight shelf wear with a light scratch across back cover but not ships or other creases. Slight light foxing to fixed end papers and to edge of block else clean crisp tight copy. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; 1960s; Inventory No: 20226..

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LOLITA

Nabokov, Vladimir

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1959. Fourth Printing (Juliar's state B). Two octavo volumes (17.5cm); original wrappers; 190,[2]; 221,[3]pp. Trivial wear to extremities, spines gently sunned, with a tiny tear to lower left joint on Volume 2; Near Fine, with the 2.400 Franc prince not canceled. An attractive set of Nabokov's best-known novel. Basis for two film adaptations: the classic 1962 film directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Sue Lyon, and the 1997 version starring Jeremy Irons. Juliar A28.1.

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Lolita - A Screenplay

NABOKOV, VLADIMIR

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by actress Sue Lyon in red ink on a card affixed to the front flyleaf. Lyon starred at age 14 in Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel. Sue Lyon appeared in such films as John Ford’s 7 Women, Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton, The Flim-Flam Man with George C. Scott, Evel Knievel with George Hamilton, etc. Having retired from films in 1980, Sue Lyon’s autograph is very uncommon. This books prints Nabokov’s own screenplay for the film which in many ways is quite different than the finished film. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

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LOLITA Easton Press

Nabokov, Vladimir

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1999. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; Great Books of the 20th Century; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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LOLITA Easton Press

Nabokov, Vladimir

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1999. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; Great Books of the 20th Century; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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LOLITA Easton Press

Vladimir Nabokov

Norwalk Connecticut: Easton Press. 1999. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. ; Greatest Books of the 20th Century; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

2005-06-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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