London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich. Podvig. [Glory.] Paris: Sovremennyia Zapiski, 1932. 8° (193 x 142mm). Original printed wrappers (small chips along the bottom edge, front wrapper nearly detached). 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 my dear, good, beloved Aniutochka, from the author, XII 1932 Berlin'. Anna Feigin was Vera's cousin and lived with the Nabokovs for extended periods. In the introduction to the English translation Nabokov wrote that his novel Glory, 'my only one with a purpose', 'soars to heights of purity and melancholy that I have only attained in the much later Ada'. Juliar A13.1.
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