Results from the New England Book Auction

I have finally received the results of the New England Book Auction on 24 September that featured 20 lots of Nabokov books, magazines, and Nabokov-related material. Some highlights. Prices are in American dollars and do not include the 15% buyer’s premium:

  • A black-and-white bromoil gelatin silver print by Philippe Halsman of Nabokov seated in his office, from 1968. Est. $2000–3000, sold for $2400.
  • Lolita, Olympia Press, 1955 (A28.1, issue a), very good condition. Est. $2500–3500, sold for $2800.
  • Lolita, Putnam’s, 1958 (A28.2), eighth printing, in very poor dj, with VN inscription and butterfly to a cousin, Sophie Nabokov, dated 1-Mar-1959. Est. $800–1200, sold for $1100. This copy is now being offered by Wootton’s Books in Worthington, MA, for $6500.
  • Lolita, Phaedra, 1967 (A28.7, state b), Russian translation in pink cloth over boards, near fine. Est. $500–700, sold for $400. Another copy in a chipped dj sold for $375.
  • Nabokov’s Dozen, Doubleday, 1958 (A32.1), in poor dj, with VN inscription and butterfly to the children of a cousin, Mariina Ledkovsky. Est. $1500–2500, sold for $3000.
  • The anthology Peterburg v stikhotvoreniiakh russkikh poeitov, Berlin, 1923, with the first book appearance of VN’s poem “Peterburg” (B7.1). Est. $100–150, sold for $110.
  • Pnin, Doubleday, Doubleday, 1957 (A30.1, variant a), in very poor dj, with VN inscription to Sophie Nabokov, dated March 1957. Est. $1500–2500, sold for $1800.
  • The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, New Directions, 1941 (A21.1, issue a), in very good dj. Est. $100–150, sold for $1600.



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