New York: Atheneum, 1975. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good / Very Good. Item #13385
An uncommon 1st Edition title and association copy, by an important Russian composer, signed and inscribed by Nabokov to influential Beat Chronicler and Greenwich Village bookstore owner Robert Wilson, from Wilson's personal library.
Laid in is a photograph of the composer, an invitation to a memorial event honoring Nabokov on the 1st anniversary of his death, and a canceled check from Wilson to Nabokov's wife, the French photographer Dominique Nabokov, for $63,000, signed by Wilson and dated October 13, 1983.
"Nicolas Nabokov, a first cousin of Vladimir Nabokov, and of the baron Eduard von Falz-Fein, was born to a family of landed Russian gentry in the town of Lubcza near Minsk, and was educated by private tutors. In 1918, after his family fled the Bolshevik Revolution to the Crimea, he began his musical education with Vladimir Rebikov. After living briefly in Germany he settled in Paris in 1923, where he studied at the Sorbonne.
Nabokov was married five times. His first wife was the Russian princess Nathalie Shakhovskaya (1903–1988). His last (1970–1978) was the French photographer Dominique Nabokov.
He had three sons: renowned French publisher Ivan Nabokov, Alexander Nabokov, and anthropologist Peter Nabokov. His close friends included the philosopher and fellow émigré Isaiah Berlin and composer Igor Stravinsky."
Wilson and his Greenwich Village shop, the Phoenix Book Shop, were instrumental and influential in the careers of many of the acclaimed Beat Generation writers and poets, including Le Roi Jones, Diane di Prima, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg and many more.
Blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Square tight binding. Clean interior. Nabokov's inscription appears above his name on the half-title page. Mild age toning to edges of binding. Dust jacket also with mild edge wear and age toning. Presents handsomely in archival mylar.
A superior edition directly connected to two important 20th-century cultural icons.