• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 296

    NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Otchaianie. [Despair.] Berlin: Petropolis, 1936. 8° (200 x 135mm). (A few leaves with shallow creases.) Unopened in the original printed wrappers (small chip, light wear and light soiling, starting to loosen at spine, French censor's stamp on the rear cover). Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (book label; gift inscription to:) -- Vera and Dmitri Nabokov -- by descent to the consignor.

    Price Realised  

    NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Otchaianie. [Despair.] Berlin: Petropolis, 1936. 8° (200 x 135mm). (A few leaves with shallow creases.) Unopened in the original printed wrappers (small chip, light wear and light soiling, starting to loosen at spine, French censor's stamp on the rear cover). Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (book label; gift inscription to:) -- Vera and Dmitri Nabokov -- by descent to the consignor.

    FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS WIFE AND SON, in Russian: 'to my darlings. V. iv.36.' Despair had appeared in serial form in 1934 in Sovremennie Zapiski. Rare: ABPC records no copy selling at auction in over 30 years. Juliar A15.1.


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