Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)
Rabbithead logo in the form of a butterfly
pencil and pastel on paper
6 x 7 in. (15.2 x 17.8 cm.)
RUN DATE: August 1976.
Nabokov, an ardent scholar of the butterfly in addition to being a gifted writer, provided this design which is reproduced on the Contents page of the August 1976 issue. It states there: "The idea for this month's cover came from--of all people--author Vladimir Nabokov, who wrote, in a letter to PLAYBOY, 'Have you ever noticed how the head and ears of your Rabbit resemble a butterfly in shape?' Included in the letter was the drawing at left. If you haven't guessed by now, you should be awate that Nabokov is an avid lepidopterist (that is a butterfly collector, class)."