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[NABOKOV, Vladimir] NABOKOFF-SIRIN, Vladimir.

Despair.

Translated from the Russian by the author.

Published: London: John Long Limited, 1937

Stock code: 100039

Price: £650

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First English edition, first impression, second issue in the orange cloth. Nabokov’s second English publication was put out by the small imprint John Long who specialized in unconventional, quirky books, especially mystery, fantasy, and crime novels. They had previously published Nabokov’s Camera Obscura with very little success and fared no better with this. Both titles were remaindered in cheaper bindings.

Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to front board and spine gilt. Small 1950s library stamps and ink reference numbers to front free endpaper and rear pastedown. Boards rubbed and marked, spine rolled, faded and fraying at extremities, some spotting to margins and edges of text block. A very good copy.

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