• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 100

    NABOKOV, Vladimir. Pale Fire. New York: Putnam, 1962.

    Price Realised  


    NABOKOV, Vladimir. Pale Fire. New York: Putnam, 1962.

    8o. (Small stain beneath inscription.) Original black cloth, spine gilt-lettered; dust jacket. Provenance: Sonia Slonim, Véra Nabokov's sister (presentation inscription from the author); Vladimir Nabokov Palace Hotel, Montreux bookplate.

    FIRST EDITION, third printing. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY NABOKOV WITH A BUTTERFLY DRAWING on the half-title to his wife's cousin Sonia Slonim: "For Sonia from Vladimir NY 1962." The butterly is decorated in reds and grey and white. "This centaur work, half-poem, half prose ... is a creation of perfect beauty, symmetry, strangeness and moral truth. Pretending to be a curio, it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century," Mary McCarthy (quoted in the NY: Vintage, 1989 edition). Juliar A35.1. A VERY FINE FAMILY PRESENTATION.

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