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"A fitting name for it might be telemort, or to keep it all greek telethanasia": First edition of Nabokov's Tragicomedy The Waltz Invention
New York: Phaedra Publishers, Inc 1966.
First American edition of Nabokov’s prophetic tragicomedy. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Ace Publishing Corporation 1970.
First edition of this satirical adventure which deals with issues of power, class, and politics, set in a world ruled by big-brained elites. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition.
"Her childhood passed festively, securely, and gaily, as was the custom in our country": Rare first America edition of Vladimir Nabokov's A Russian Beauty and Other Stories
New York: McGraw-Hill International 1973.
First American edition of this collection of short stories originally published in Russian. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov and Simon Karlinksy. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Stan Skardinski. Photographic portrait of Nabokov on the rear panel by Halsman. A very clean example.
"Now, at last, nothing could but his death could satisfy me": First edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Tyrants Destroyed and Other Stories
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1975.
First British edition of this collection of thirteen stories written by Nabokov in the 1920s and 30s. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers 1983.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Name to the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Silverman. Translated by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mrockowska-Brand.
"The accursed day when Anton Petrovich made the acquaintance of the Berg existed only in theory": First Edition of Nabokov's Quartet in The Original Dust Jacket
New York: Phaedra Publishers 1966.
First edition of this collection of Nabokov’s short stories. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Photographic portrait of Nabokov by J.M. Schlemmer on rear panel.
1964: New Directions Norfolk, Connecticut.
First edition of this collection of stories, poems, and excerpts published in celebration of the publishing firms 25th Anniversary. Octavo, a paperback original. Presentation copy. Inscribed by James Laughlin, founder of New Directions Publishing, on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Herb, from J. Christmas 1964.” In near fine condition. Cover design by Alvin Lustig. A nice example.
London: The Nonesuch Press 1927.
First Nonesuch Press edition of Voltaire’s fine romance. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece and device to the title page, illustrated. In near fine condition.
New York: Warner Books 2006.
First edition of this novel by DeMille. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Nelson DeMille on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Lausanne: L'Abbay du Livre 1946.
Early edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s second novel, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, In very good condition.
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode 1964.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Dust jacket art by Sydney Nolan. Contemporary ownership inscription to the front endpage, near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
London: Souvenir Press Ltd 1986.
First edition of this collection of writings by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket designed by Des Jordan.
"He was powerless because he had no precise desire, and this tortured him because he was vainly seeking something to desire": First edition in English of Nabokov's first novel Mary
New York: McGraw-Hill International, Inc 1970.
First edition in English of Nabokov’s debut novel. Octavo, original black cloth, mustard yellow endpapers. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A very sharp example.