NABOKOV, Vladimir. A Russian Beauty and Other Stories. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973.
8vo, black publisher's cloth embossed with title and author to upper board and lettered in silver to spine; upper edge red, else uncut; grey textured endpapers; original dust wrapper; pp. [xiv], 3-268, [viii]; spine of jacket a touch faded, and clipped to top of front flap; a little dusty overall, but else near-fine, with evidence of one internal tape repair.
First collected edition.
A Russian Beauty was one of many short stories which was penned by Nabokov between the years of 1924 and 1940, while he was living in Berlin. The translation is mostly by his son, Dmitri Nabokov, with the title story translated by Simon Karlinsky, both in collaboration with the author. Nabokov had originally written under the psedonymn 'Vladimir Sirin', and many of the stories had previously appeared in newspapers and periodicals, including The Leonardo, (originally Korolyyok in Posledniye Novosti, Paris, 1993), Lips to Lips (Vesna v Fialte, 1956) and The Potato Elf (Rul, 1929). The volume is dedicated to his wife, Vera.