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NABOKOV, Vladimir.

Rare books by Vladimir Nabokov, including first editions, signed first editions and finely bound copies.

Regularly stocked editions of Nabokov’s works include the first Israeli edition.

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  1. Camera Obscura.

    Camera Obscura.

    A Novel. Translated by Winifred Roy.
    First English-language edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to the front free endpaper by Nabokov's agent, Otto Klement: "To Margaret Anne—although not a book for children. O. Klement." Camera Obscura was the first of Nabokov's works to be translated into English and one of two famously scarce and cheaply produced books issued by the hapless firm of John Long. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 92555

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  2. Despair.

    Despair.

    Translated from the Russian by the author.
    First English edition, first impression, and Nabokov's first attempted at an extended piece of fiction in English. It had been preceded in 1935 by Camera Obscura, the first of Nabokov's works to be translated into English and published by the hapless firm of John Long. Nabokov greatly disliked the translation and its poor quality "prompted Nabokov to undertake translating his next novel, Despair, by himself, a major step in his decision to become an English-language writer" (Boyd, Russian Years, p. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published:

    Stock Code: 28191

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  3. Despair.

    Despair.

    Translated from the Russian by the author.
    First English edition, first impression, and Nabokov's first attempt at an extended piece of fiction in English. It had been preceded in 1935 by Camera Obscura, the first of Nabokov's works to be translated into English and published by the hapless firm of John Long. Nabokov greatly disliked the translation and its poor quality "prompted Nabokov to undertake translating his next novel, Despair, by himself, a major step in his decision to become an English-language writer" (Boyd, Russian Years, p. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published:

    Stock Code: 33308

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  4. Despair.
    signed

    Despair.

    Translated from the Russian by the author.
    First UK edition, first impression, first issue in the black cloth. Nabokov's second English publication was put out by the small imprint John Long who specialized in unconventional, quirky books, especially mystery, fantasy, and crime novels. They had previously published Nabokov's Camera Obscura with very little success and fared no better with this. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76068

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Despair.

    Despair.

    Translated from the Russian by the author.
    First English edition, first impression, second issue in the orange cloth. Nabokov's second English publication was put out by the small imprint John Long who specialized in unconventional, quirky books, especially mystery, fantasy, and crime novels. They had previously published Nabokov's Camera Obscura with very little success and fared no better with this. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100039

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  6. Laughter in the Dark.

    Laughter in the Dark.

    First US edition, first printing, in the first state green cloth binding. Originally serialised in the literary journal Sovremennye Zapiski in 1932 under the Russian title ?????? ???????, the novel was first published in English as Camera Obscura by John Long (London 1936). However, Nabokov was so displeased with the translation that he undertook his own, republishing it as Laughter in the Dark. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 106062

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  7. 116299

    The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.

    First UK edition, first impression; originally published in 1941 by New Directions Publishers, New York. This is Nabokov’s first novel written in English. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116299

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  8. Bend Sinister.

    Bend Sinister.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 82332

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  9. Bend Sinister.

    Bend Sinister.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109408

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  10. Lolita.

    Lolita.

    First Israeli edition, first printing, offset from the sheets of the second Paris edition. The hardback issue. An uncommon printing of Nabokov's masterpiece and one of the black tulips in Girodias's canon. There were apparently 1000 numbered copies printed (ours bears the number 584 on the rear pastedown) of which about half were issued in wrappers the rest as here in boards. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: Jerusalem

    Stock Code: 34053

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  11. Lolita.

    Lolita.

    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. Learn More
    £3,850

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 96183

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  12. Lolita.

    Lolita.

    First edition, first printing, first issue of one of the most notorious books of the 20th century, 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 rear covers, but a sudden currency fluctuation meant that the books had to be re-priced to 1200 francs. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 98838

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  13. Lolita.

    Lolita.

    First edition, first printing, second state wrappers, published three years before the American edition and four before the London edition. With the bookseller's hand-correction to the price on the rear covers, this is Juliar's "issue b", though it is in fact a state rather than an issue. Lolita was originally published with a printed price of 900 francs on the rear covers, but a sudden currency fluctuation at the time of publication meant that the books had to be re-priced to 1,200 francs. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 114994

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  14. Pnin.
    signed

    Pnin.

    First edition, one of the author's own retained copies, signed by him on the front free endpaper: "Vladimir Nabokov. 326. May, 1957." Nabokov had his own arcane private system for recording books in his own possession. The significance of the number 326 in the inscription is uncertain. Above the inscription is a small blue crayon "WS", typical of his library, and the title page has a faint inkstamp "PK3. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 99247

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Lolita.
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78303

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  16. Lolita. In Cyrillic.

    Lolita. In Cyrillic.

    First edition in Russian, first issue: Juliar's issue "a", in wrappers (issue "b" was published in pink cloth, with three cancel leafs). The translation was the only one prepared by Nabokov himself and includes a postscript by him that appears only in this edition. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109955

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  17. Lolita. In Cyrillic.

    Lolita. In Cyrillic.

    First edition in Russian, Juliar's "issue b" in pink cloth, with three cancel leaves ("issue a" was in wrappers). The translation was the only one prepared by Nabokov himself and includes a postscript by him that appears only in this edition. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113747

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