Laughter in the Dark

New York: Signet Books, 1950. First printing of this edition, and first printing in paperback of Nabokov's first novel, originally titled "Kamera Obscura." INSCRIBED by Nabokov for publisher Kurt Enoch: "Vladimir Nabokov / IV.1950." From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of provenance included.

Apart from the rarity of the signature, the book was inscribed Nabokov a full five years before "Lolita" was published by the Olympia Press in Paris, propelling him to international fame.

Originally published 23 years prior to his controversial masterpiece "Lolita," "Laughter in the Dark" is something of a study for that book, about a middle-aged man’s sexual fixation on a much younger woman, and how the ways they use each other lead to their downfalls.

Kurt Enoch was the founder of Signet Books and a publisher whose desire was to bring great literature and genre fiction out of the libraries and into the hands of readers. With a letter of provenance included. A tremendous association.

Near Fine in wrappers.


[Book #143855]

Price: $5,500.00