Very Good. Item #5910
Paris / Israel: The Olympia Press, [1958?]. "Printed in Israel for Olympia Press, Paris, by Steimatzky's Agency." Mass market paperback; 223pp. 1646 stamped on inside bottom of back cover. Green paper wraps.
Covers a bit edgeworn with scuffing down joints, a small scuff to front. Spine a bit toned and lightly rolled, but uncreased and unbroken. Small price stamp at top corner of first page, else pages unmarked. Opens easily to between a few gatherings, but binding is sound.
One of a number of English-language reprints acquired by Yehezkel Steimatzky and printed in Israel (Dr. Zhivago was the first, Lolita was the second). Preceded by a hardcover edition around the same year. Not a pirated copy as sometimes thought, with Kearney noting reprint rights were likely granted by Maurice Girodias or Nabokov. A 2004 post on the International Vladimir Nabokov Society message board tells of strained relations between Girodias and Nabokov for a number of reasons -- among them the selling of the Israeli rights -- with Girodias claiming that the rights were sold to Steimatzky under the insistence of Nabokov's wife.
Steimatzky opened a bookstore in Jerusalem in 1925 intending to sell foreign language books to serve the both the immigrant market and the British troops serving under the British Mandate of Palestine. The store expanded to more locations throughout the Middle East, and is now the oldest retail bookstore chain in Israel.