NABOKOV, Vladimir Pale Fire. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962.
8vo., original black cloth, spine lettered in silver; original unclipped dust jacket; pp. 315, [v]; upper edge a trifle spotted, else exceptionally clean throughout; jacket slightly shelf worn and darkened to spine, with one or two nicks to head and foot; else very good.
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).