never regret Lolita. She was like the composition of a beautiful
puzzle-- its composition and its solution at the same time. Of course
she completely eclipsed my other works, but I cannot grudge her this.
There is a queer, tender charm about that mythical nymphet."
-Vladimir Nabokov, in 1964
of one of the most important novels of the twentieth-century.
Controversial since its conception, Lolita was rejected by American
publishing houses until finally accepted by the avant-garde Olympia
Press in Paris and published in a fragile two-volume format. First
issue, with printed price "Francs: 900" on rear wrapper.
Press, (1955). Octavo, original green paper wrappers; custom box. Two
volumes. Only slight edgewear
(much less than usual). A very desirable copy of a scarce and fragile