3 June 2009
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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