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    Sale 7725

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Fine Plate books from an Historic Continental Library

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 100

    NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Kamera obskura. [Laughter in the Dark.] Paris: Sovremennyia Zapiski and Parabola, 1933.

    Price Realised  

    NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Kamera obskura. [Laughter in the Dark.] Paris: Sovremennyia Zapiski and Parabola, 1933.

    8° (190 x 120mm). (Leaves 9.4 and 9.5 with short tears.) Original printed wrappers bound into 20th-century cloth (light spotting and some soiling on wrappers). Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (book label; gift inscription dated 21 December 1933 to:) -- Vera Nabokov -- by descent to the consignor.

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS WIFE WITH A BUTTERFLY DRAWING, the insect's curving antennae forming Vladimir and Vera's initials. The inscription is dated 1933, when the book was published. Rare: ABPC records no copy selling at auction in over 30 years. Juliar A14.1.


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