Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Fourth printings of the first edition in the rare "stained glass" variant covers, complete in two volumes. With the stamp of the famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company to each flyleaf. Also with the Publisher's Digression - a six page introduction describing the problematic publishing history of the novel, and the debate over obscenity in literature. Nabokov's controversial masterpiece was turned down by numerous American and British publishers before he signed a contract in 1955 with Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press in Paris, notorious for essentially publishing pornography. It was subsequently banned in Britain, with the British Home Office ordering all copies entering the UK to be seized, and wouldn't see an American publication until 1958 and a U.K. until 1959.
Paris: The Olmpia Press, 1955 (1959). Original wraps; vol 1: 190, [2 ads], vol 2: 221, . Both volumes in very good or better condition. Bindings firm, light wear and rubbing with a few minor creases to wraps, owner's name and date to the back of each cover and the Shakespeare and Company stamp to each flyleaf. Protected in removable archival sleeves.