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Welcome to my virtual book collection. Since collecting actual books is somewhat cost-prohibitive, I've begun to amass all of the books I would love to have if I had the means. Some are new, lots are old, all are unique or beautiful or unusual or in some other way have captured my fancy. Enjoy browsing!
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Vladimir Nabokov. Paris, Olympia Press, 1955.
2 vol., first edition, original wrappers, price 900 Francs on lower covers indicating first printing.
You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy, with a bubble of hot poison in your loins and a super-voluptuous flame aglow in your subtle spine (oh, how you have to cringe and hide!), in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs—the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone, the slenderness of a downy limb, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate—the deadly little demon among the wholesome children; she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious herself of her fantastic power. ~Chapter 1
Vladimir Nabokov. Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
2 volumes, 8o. Original green printed wrappers (light chipping to extremities, small tear to lower corner of volume one, spine unglued volume one, tape repair to foot of spine of volume 2, ink lightly smudged on volume 2).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with printed price “Francs: 900” on back cover. This controversial novel was rejected by American publishers, but was finally accepted by the avant-garde Olympia Press in Paris and published in this two-volume edition. Lolita was not published in the U.S. and the U.K. until 1959. Juliar A28.1.1. (2)