signed first edition 205, [1, printer's imprint) pp. 1 vols. 8vo
1941 · Norfolk
by Nabokov, Vladimir
Norfolk: New Directions, 1941. First edition, first issue binding in the coarse red burlap. 205, [1, printer's imprint) pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's red burlap, printed dust jacket. Bookshop ticket of Hathaway House Bookshop, Wellesley. Slight abrasion on the spine, else near fine in very good or better dust jacket (price clipped) with a few modest chips in margins and a little toning on the spine. First edition, first issue binding in the coarse red burlap. 205, [1, printer's imprint) pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Nabokov's First American Book, Signed in 1941. "While living in Paris, Nabokov wrote The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1941), his first novel composed in English. ... Nabokov, his wife Véra, and their six-year-old son had fled to America by ship to escape the Nazi terror in 1940, and Nabokov assumed teaching positions at several American colleges and universities, notably at Harvard, Wellesley, and Cornell" (ANB).
Of a total edition of 1500 copies, 749 were bound in the first issue cloth. The combination of the coarse burlap binding, in conjunction with the thin-paper jacket, assured that very few copies in jacket survive. Signed copies of the first edition, in the first binding, are rare.
This copy signed by Nabokov in the year of publication, in the upper right corner of the flyleaf: "V. Nabokov. Wellesley. Christmas 1941". Juliar A21.a, issue a
(Inventory #: 326136)