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Garden City, Doubleday, 1957. The second printing of this short comic novel, signed by Nabokov and dated "21 Jan. 1959 Cornell Univ." With a letter of provenance laid in. Nabokov was notoriously reluctant to sign books, and the letter of provenance tells an interesting story: the purchaser of this book originally bought two copies of Lolita to have Nabokov sign, and Nabokov told him that he had an agreement with his publisher not to sign copies of the book. As a result, he went back to the bookstore and bought two copies of Pnin (one for himself and one for his sister), and Nabokov signed and dated those instead. The commercial success of Lolita -- it had been a bestseller since its publication the previous summer -- allowed Nabokov to leave his job at Cornell. He gave his last two lectures there on January 19, two days before signing this book. Boards somewhat rubbed; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small stains at the folds, some fading to the spine lettering, and modest edge chipping. The dust jacket is Juliar's variant a, with the code above the price on the front flap. Uncommon signed, and this copy with a small footnote to literary history. [#033207] $3,500
NY, Phaedra, 1965. An advance copy of this short novel by the author of Lolita. Plain white wrappers laid into the finished dust jacket, which is slightly spine-darkened and chipped at the top edge around the spine. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket. A "compliments of the publisher" card is laid in, with the publisher's old address crossed out by hand and the new one written in. [#028863] $150
NY, Phaedra, 1965. The first English-language edition of this short novel originally published in Russian (in Paris) in 1930. This is Juliar's Variant "a," with publisher's address line. Foxing to top edge, else fine in a slightly dusty dust jacket. [#027434] $80
NY, McGraw-Hill, (1971). Minor mottling to upper boards; near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#015685] $30
NY, McGraw-Hill, (1971). Very Good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#707024] $20
NY, Wideview/Perigee, (1984). Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#707026] $20
NY, Viking, (1977). A follow-up to Field's earlier book -- Nabokov. His Life in Art. Top edge foxing and fading to cloth there; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with fading to the spine lettering. [#023558] $20
NY, Harper & Row, (1979). Very Good in Very Good (spine-faded) DJ. [#708473] $20
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