27 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 3,250
NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1899-1977). Priglashenie na kazn. [Invitation to a Beheading.] Paris: Dom Knigi, 1938.
8° (197 x 140mm). Mostly unopened. Original wrappers with yapp edges, printed in brown and red (light wear and light soiling). Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (inscription to:) -- Anna and Semen Stein.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: 'Anne Maksimovne i Semenu Il'ichu Shtein s serdechneiishim privetom ot' [To Anna Maksimovna and Semen Il'ich Stein with a heartfelt hello from'] V. Nabokov. XI.38'. An excellent copy of one of Nabokov's best known titles, a darkly comic dystopia for which, of all his works, Nabokov said he held the greatest esteem.
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