London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1972. Second British Edition. Nabokov's second novel in English, first published by Henry Holt in 1947. A dystopian novel set in the fictitious European city of Padukgrad, centered around a civilized philosopher, Adam Krug, who is caught up in the tyranny of a police state. A distinguished copy, inscribed to Nabokov scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli on the publication day of Vladimir Nabokov: Selected Letters, 1940-1977 - an extensive volume, which Bruccoli edited together with Nabokov's son Dmitri. Juliar A24.5. Item #5343
First Printing. Octavo (20.25cm); navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; xiv,217,pp. Inscribed on the front endpaper by Vera and Dmitri Nabokov to Matthew J. Bruccoli: "For our dear friend Matt Bruccoli on the occasion of the publication of Letters in September. Montreux. 17 June 1989 / Vera Nabokov / Dmitri Nabokov." Light wear to spine ends and corners, gentle sunning to upper board edges; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced £2.25 net), lightly edgeworn and gently spine-sunned, with a faint diagonal crease to lower front flap, short tear to upper rear panel, and tiny dampstain at base of spine on verso; Very Good+.