NABOKOV, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1899-1977). Poems and Problems. New York and Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1970. 8° (210 x 145mm). Original black cloth, upper side blocked in blind, spine blocked in gilt, top edge red, original dust-jacket. Provenance: Vladimir Nabokov (presentation inscription to:) -- Vera Nabokov -- by descent to the consignor.
"Arlequinus arlequinus male, drawn for the author's wife in a copy of Look at the Harlequins!, Nabokov's last completed novel published in August 1974. At Nabokov and Véra's first encounter in 1923 she was wearing a harlequin mask. Image via the Cornell University Library." — Vladimir Nabokov, the author and lepidopterist, draws a fictional butterfly for his wife.
Grave Marker- Vladimir V. Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita). In 1976 he was hospitalised with an undiagnosed fever. He was rehospitalised in Lausanne in 1977 suffering from severe bronchial congestion. He died on 2 July in Montreux surrounded by his family and, according to his son, Dmitri, "with a triple moan of descending pitch". His remains were cremated and are buried at the Clarens cemetery in Montreux.