Item #69139 Lolita. Vladimir NABOKOV.

First Edition, First Issue of "Lolita"


Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.

Full Description:

NABOKOV, Vladimir. Lolita. Paris: The Olympia Press, [1955].

First edition, first issue (with “Francs : 900” printed on rear wrappers and no evidence of sticker removal). Two small octavo volumes (7 x 4 3/1/2 inches; 177 x 114 mm). [2, blank except for signature mark], [6], 7-10, 13-188, [1, blank], [1, printer’s imprint], [2, blank]; [2, blank except for signature mark], [6], 9-223, [1, printer’s imprint] pp.

Original green printed wrappers. Wrappers printed in black and white. The slightest amount of rubbing to wrapper edges. Practically unread, with a few pages unopened. A bit of very minor flaking extremities of spines and wrapper edges. Overall an about fine copy of this high spot of twentieth-century literature. Housed in a custom green cloth clamshell with morocco spine label.

"[Lolita]presents a quest for eternal innocence, albeit in satirical terms. Its popular appeal as an erotic story thrust Nabokov into notoriety. It was banned from France and parts of the U.S., and its merits were debated in the British Parliament. Nabokov defended it as a moral rather than an obscene book. It combines parody, fanciful imaginative flights, literary puzzles, and a brilliant satirical overview of American culture." (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia, 610).

HBS 69139.


Price: $6,500.00

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