NABOKOV, VLADIMIR. 1899-1977.
Grozd'. [The Cluster.] Berlin: Gamaiun, 1923.
Small 8vo. 61 pp. Modern quarter cloth. Last dozen leaves with a marginal brown stain; gift inscription dated 1924.
FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S SECOND BOOK and Nabokov's first collection of poems to use the pseudonym Sirin. A section of poems is dedicated to Svetlana Siewert and another poem is an elegy for his father. "One of the attributes of the beloved's image in Grozd' is music ... these poems are a direct echo of the summer of 1921 in Berlin when 'in the evening Vladimir would return to the Siewert home and after dinner argue with the family for Chekhov, against Dosteoevsky, or listen to Svetlana on the piano, by an open window, near the gentle night breeze'" (Shvabrin Vladimir Nabokov as Translator, 2008 quoting Brian Boyd).