NABOKOV, Vladimir. Pale Fire. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962.
8vo., original black cloth, spine lettered in silver; dust jacket; pp. 315, [v]; a very good copy, some light marks to end papers with some very small pen marks to edges and front paste down; complete in very good dust-jacket, which has been price clipped and has a small repaired chip to foot and small nick to front flap. Still very fresh overall.
Nabokov's first novel after his infamous Lolita is an intruinging mix of poetry and do-it-yourself detective mystery. The book revolves around a central poem 'Pale Fire', written by the fictional American poet John Shade (now deceased). However the poem itself makes up only a small portion of the book, the other chapters being based around the commentary and footnotes of the (also ficticious) editor Charles Kinbote, who has put the book together.
The title is taken directly from Shakespeare's Timon of Athens: "The moon's an arrant thief, / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun" (Act IV, scene 3).