"All colors made me happy: even gray. My eyes were such that literally they took photographs": First Edition of Pale Fire
Item Number: 120097
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.
First edition of this “witty, ironic and complex tour de force” (Hart, 521). Octavo, Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
"This centaur work, half-poem, half-prose . . . is a creation of perfect beauty, symmetry, strangeness, originality and moral truth. Pretending to be a curio, it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century" (Mary McCarthy). “This brilliant parody of literary scholarship is also an experimental synthesis of Nabokov’s talents for both poetry and prose. It extends and completes his mastery of unorthodox structure” (Encyclopedia of Literature, 851). Listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.