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Lolita (First Issue)
The First Issue printed by The Olympia Press in 1955. 2 Vols : Wraps. Both BOOKS are in Very Good++ or better condition. Original green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black. Printed price of 900 Francs to the rear panel of both volumes with NO erasures, or sticker residue. Vol. I: Very Mild edge-wear at the spine ends with a small nick and a small rub to the lower spine. A little light spotting to the text-block and to the lower corner of the prelims. Upper text block and white of spine lightly toned. Vol. II: Minimal edge-wear at the spine ends. A mild crease to the rear upper corner. Upper text block and white of spine lightly toned. Light spotting to the text block. Both volumes are free from inscriptions and erasures. Both volumes are the correct first issue confirming to all of the first issue points. Housed within individual card chemises within a custom solander box with gilt titling. Published three years before the American edition and four before the London edition. Lolita was originally published with a price of 900 francs printed on the lower rear covers, but a sudden currency fluctuation meant that the books had to be repriced to 1200 francs. Copies of the first issue appear either with the book-seller's hand written price correction or as here (in the much more uncommon) without a price change. Lolita is one of the towering literary achievements of the twentieth century and Nabokov's best-known masterpiece. It was turned down by every major American publishing house. It eventually found a home in Paris with Maurice Girodias's pioneering Paris based Olympia Press. Nabokov was appalled by the company his book was forced to keep on the Olympia list, and he and Girodias conducted a bitter, litigious feud lasting years. During that time Lolita's reputation grew in direct inverse proportion to its availability. The novel was banned in the UK shortly after publication; the French authorities followed suit at the end of 1956. 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 of publication. A very uncommon and excellent set of a high spot of modern literature. Lolita is included on Time's list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It is fourth on the Modern Library's 1998 list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century. It also made the World Library's list of one of The 100 Best Books of All Time. Nabokov went on to write the screenplay for the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film adaptation 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. Scarce with such attributes.
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