• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 295

    NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Korol, Dama, Valet. [King, Queen, Knave.] Berlin: Slovo, 1928. 8° (210 x 140mm). (Paper evenly browned, brittle and with occasional chips, inscribed leaf detached.) Original printed wrappers (a few small chips, pen mark on the front cover, light soiling). Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (gift inscription to:) -- Anna Feigin -- Vladimir Nabokov (book label) -- by descent to the consignor.

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    NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Korol, Dama, Valet. [King, Queen, Knave.] Berlin: Slovo, 1928. 8° (210 x 140mm). (Paper evenly browned, brittle and with occasional chips, inscribed leaf detached.) Original printed wrappers (a few small chips, pen mark on the front cover, light soiling). Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (gift inscription to:) -- Anna Feigin -- Vladimir Nabokov (book label) -- by descent to the consignor.

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to Anna Feigin, in Russian: 'To dear, beloved Aniuta, from the author. Berlin 1928'. Anna Feigin was Vera's cousin and lived with the Nabokovs for extended periods. Together the three bought land in Wolziger See, which became the setting for the murder in Despair. Nabokov's second novel was very warmly received; its success allowed Vladimir and Vera to clear their debts and to take their first butterfly expedition in the Pyrenées. Juliar A9.1.


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