Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Illustrated with Frontispiece Portrait of Vladimir Nabokov by Andrew Hoyem
Arion Press, 1994, Limited Edition, 1 of 26 Lettered Copies - J
This is a limited edition of “Pale Fire” published by the Arion Press in 1994 with a limitation of 200 copies for sale and 26 lettered copies with this being letter J. From the publisher, “Considered the highest artistic achievement of Nabokov, Pale Fire (1962) was written in a complex form that satirizes academic literary analysis and has two fictitious authors: a mad professor named Charles Kinbote and a poet named John Shade. The poem Pale Fire by Shade, of 999 lines, is explicated in a commentary by Kinbote, and, when read together, the story of the poet and his family are merged with the fantastical lives of his critic, perhaps an exiled king and perhaps an assassin. Readers of the novel will be intrigued by its puzzles, amused by its wild humor, moved by its profundity, and struck by its beauty and brilliance. We solved by internal evidence one of the mysteries of the book by establishing for the first time the lineation of the poem so that the small volume conforms to the set of index cards described as its manuscript in the novel.”
The main volume measure 10.875” x 6.875” with 288 pages and the companion volume measures 4” x “6 with 84 pages. The books are bound in iridescent purple cloth with inset gold cloth disks with gilt titling. The books are housed in a gold cloth slipcase with a leather spine label with gold gilt titling. The types are Monotype Fridericus and handset Torino. The paper is English mouldmade Somerset.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in FINE condition with no flaws.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."