Translated from the Russian by the author.1937 Stock Code: 33308
NotesFirst English edition, first impression, and Nabokov's first attempt at an extended piece of fiction in English. It had been preceded in 1935 by Camera Obscura, the first of Nabokov's works to be translated into English and published by the hapless firm of John Long. Nabokov greatly disliked the translation and its poor quality "prompted Nabokov to undertake translating his next novel, Despair, by himself, a major step in his decision to become an English-language writer" (Boyd, Russian Years, p. 446). Few copies exist in jacket and copies as nice as this are very scarce.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt.
Endpapers somewhat browned, fore edge lightly spotted, spine a little dull and slightly delicate at the ends but an excellent copy.
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