Ada. Or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, Nabokov, Vladimir. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson London,1969, First Edition 2nd printing. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 589pp. First UK Edition. Red cloth boards, gilt spine titles, green endpapers, top edge stained pink. Top line of the copyright page is blacked out; two pin hole size dots fore-edge; otherwise volume as new. Unclipped jacket has edge wear and a couple of tiny nicks.
Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokov’s seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. 002752 $40