First Edition Points and Criteria for Lolita

Year Published: 1955
Author Last Name: Nabokov
Author First Name: Vladimir
Publisher: Olympia Press
Original Price: 900 Francs
Pages: 188,223

The true first edition was published as a two book soft cover set by the Olympia Press, Paris, in 1955. Price on rear wrappers says Francs: 900.

The first American edition was Published by Putnam. It has red topstain on the book, and no statement of later printings on the copyright page. First issue dust jacket carries a price of $5.00 on the upper front flap with no later printing references. The dust jacket front lacks statements such as "Complete Unexpurgated Edition" or "Complete and unabridged" that is printed on later issue dust jackets.

Lolita is one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include The Adventures of Augie March and On the Road

This is the true first edition two volume set.
This is the true first edition two volume set.

The price on the rear of both softcover wrappers of the true first edition of Lolita says
The price on the rear of both softcover wrappers of the true first edition of Lolita says "Francs: 900".

This photo (and the photos below) are of the first American edition.
This photo (and the photos below) are of the first American edition.

This is the copyright page from the first American edition of Lolita.
This is the copyright page from the first American edition of Lolita.

the $5.00 price is found on the upper front flap of the first American edition dust
the $5.00 price is found on the upper front flap of the first American edition dust jacket.

This is the back dust jacket from the first American edition.
This is the back dust jacket from the first American edition.

This is the first American edition boards.
This is the first American edition boards.

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