The Real Life Of Sebastian Knight

Norfolk, Conn. New Directions, (1941). First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine / Very Good. In original deep red burlap weave cloth with paper label to the center of the front panel and another label at the spine. This copy meets all of the points to be listed as A21.1. The front and spine labels are in the small size. The name of "Nabokov" appears throughout and "Vladimir" is spelled correctly. This copy has the rare publication stamp, which is noted in the bibliography. This stamp states "Publication Date, December 12, 1941." Though the colophon states this edition had Fifteen Hundred copies printed, in fact, only 749 were actually bound, the remaining copies were warehoused and finally bound in 1949 with a different binding. The book is extremely nice with just a hint of toning to the page edges. The dust jacket by Alvin Lustig shows some minor wear and darkening and some loss to the spine ends. Overall, this remains a very clean, bright and pleasing copy of the true first edition of this very important and scarce Nabokov title, from December of 1941.

Price: $2,000.00


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