"All colors made me happy: even gray. My eyes were such that literally they took photographs": First Edition of Pale Fire
Item Number: 74003
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.
First edition of this “witty, ironic and complex tour de force” (Hart, 521). Octavo, original black cloth, top edge stained red. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear. An attractive example.
"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).
Other Books by this Author
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1957.
First American edition of this ‘campus novel’, a subgenre which was beginning to manifest itself in the early Fifties. . Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Milton Glaser.
Indianapolis/ New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1938.
First edition of this early Nabokov novel. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some chips and tears to the rear panel.
New York: Phaedra, 1965.
Advanced edition of the first edition of this short novel by the author of Lolita. Octavo, original wrappers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov. With the “compliments of the publisher” card is laid in.
New York: New Directions, 1960.
First edition of the New Directions edition of this early Nabokov novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear to the front panel. Jacket design by Griselda Ohannessian and Charles Kaplan.
“And what is death, if not a face at peace - its artistic perfection": First Edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Despair
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966.
First American edition of this inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime–his own murder. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1960.
First British edition of Nabokov’s first novel written in America. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the spine. Jacket design by Eric Ayers.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966.
First revised edition of Nabokov’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973.
First edition of Nabokov’s first collection of public prose. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Stan Skardinski.
“IS THIS REALITY, THE FINAL REALITY, OR JUST A NEW DECEPTIVE DREAM?”: FIRST EDITION OF VLADIMIR NABOKOV'S KING, QUEEN, KNAVE
New York: McGraw-Hill Company, 1968.
First edition of this early Nabokov novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov.
London: Heinemann, 1957.
First British edition of this ‘campus novel’, a subgenre which was beginning to manifest itself in the early Fifties. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Faczynski. A very sharp example.
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964.
First edition of this early Nabokov novel, which tells the tragic story of a man destroyed by his own genius and of the hopeless efforts of the wife who loves him to save him from himself. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Curtis.
The breaking of the wave cannot explain the whole sea": First Edition of Vladimir Nabokov's The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1941.
First edition of Nabokov’s first novel published in English, one of only 1,500 copies printed. Octavo, original burlap weave. In fine condition. A very nice example.
London: Picador Books, 1987.
First edition of Nabokov’s long lost novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by F. Vallatton. Translated from the Russian by Dmitri Nabokov.
New York : 1929.
First edition. Octavo, original brown cloth. The New York Stock Exchange Directory for May 1929, the year of the Great Crash. In near fine condition.
First Edition of "the definitive account of American Golf" The Story of American Golf; Inscribed by Herbert Warren Wind
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Company, 1948.
First edition of one of the greatest works on American golf, published in the 20th century. Quarto, original cloth, with the slipcase. Inscribed by the author on the half title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. The slipcase is in very good condition. Black and white photograph opposite title; illustrated with photographs and line drawings. First editions are rare signed and inscribed.
First Subscribers Edition of The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf "one of the most magnificent books in the entire library of golf"
London: Published for Golf Illustrated, Ltd. by London & Counties Press, 1912.
First Subscribers Edition. Folio, original full red morocco, all edges gilt, gilt titles to the spine, gilt-tooled pictorial lion emblem lettered “Far & Sure” to the front panel. Three full-color plates (including frontispiece) and 2 photogravures; tissue guards present. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Uncommon in this condition.
"Perhaps the most widely read golf tutorial ever written": First Deluxe Edition of Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf; Signed by Legendary golfer Ben Hogan
New York: A.S. Barnes, 1957.
First edition, deluxe edition of one of the best-selling golf books of all-time. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Ben Hogan on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with the original slipcase. Illustrated by Anthony Ravielli. Rare and desirable signed.