NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH. 1899-1977. Stikhotvoreniya 1929-1951 [Poems from 1929 to 1951]. Paris: Rifma, 1952.

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NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH. 1899-1977.
Stikhotvoreniya 1929-1951 [Poems from 1929 to 1951]. Paris: Rifma, 1952.

US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£ 9,300 - 14,000

Fine Literature

11 Apr 2016, 10:00 EDT

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NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH. 1899-1977.
Stikhotvoreniya 1929-1951 [Poems from 1929 to 1951]. Paris: Rifma, 1952.
Small 4to (159 x 121 mm). 47 pp. Original two-color lettered gray wrappers, in custom drop-back box. First 14-pp signature sprung; spine slightly faded.
Provenance: Elena and Yakov Frumkin (presentation inscription from the author).

FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, warmly and elaborately inscribed on the front free endpaper in Russian with eight small color drawings of butterflies,"To my dear friends Elena Ivanovna and Yakov Grigorievich Frumkin from the Author 1952." Frumkin, as head of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, helped the Nabokovs flee Paris for America in 1940. He was "an old friend of Nabokov's father, who like many other Russian Jews was glad to be able to repay the dead man for his bold stands against the Kishinyov pogroms and the Beilis trial by now offering his son a cabin for half fare" (Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years, 1993, p 521). The Nabokovs could not pay the $560 fare, but through the benevolence of the Frumkins and other Jewish families they were able to board the ship to freedom. Nabokov expressed his deep gratitude in the remarkably designed inscription in this copy of the author's final collection of original Russian poetry to be published during his lifetime. He explains in the preface of this rare fragile volume, "The poems chosen for this edition were written in Germany, France and the United States between 1929 and 1951. The first poem completes the juvenile period. The poems presented here were published in émigré magazines and newspapers, nine of them under a pseudonym 'V. Sirin' (the first seven) and 'Vasiliy Shishkov' (the other two)." Field 0306; Juliar A27.1.
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NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH. 1899-1977. Stikhotvoreniya 1929-1951 [Poems from 1929 to 1951]. Paris: Rifma, 1952.
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