RARE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS OF NABOKOV’S SECOND NOVEL.
“Originally published in Russian in 1928 under the penname Sirin, King, Queen, Knave is the second novel by famed author Vladimir Nabokov.... Unlike his first novel, Mary (1926), which is autobiographical in theme and features mainly Russian characters, Nabokov’s King, Queen, Knave tells the story of a German love triangle. The author’s virtuosic use of the stock plot of a love triangle results in a highly comic narrative that departs significantly from his first novel, whose meditations on memory, loss, and the passage of time recall the work of the great French modernist Marcel Proust. As an early divergence from modernism, and as an inspired parody of genre fiction, King, Queen, Knave forecasts the great English-language novels of Nabokov’s maturity: Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962), and Ada (1969)” (Encyclopedia of the World Novel). King, Queen, Knave was not translated into English until 1968, forty years after its Russian debut.
Berlin: Slovo, 1928. Small octavo, original wrappers; custom box. A touch of browning to spine, but still a beautiful, fine copy. RARE.
Price: $5,000 .