Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0022875, Thu, 24 May 2012 07:14:22 -0400

Re: real Cantaboff solution:Carrousel
I have a copy of Carrousel. It was published in 1987 and contains the note
by Dmitri. It appears to be a first edition, but it states: "The edition
consists of 110 copies in paperback, numbered from 1 to 110 and 40 hardbound
copies, numbered from I to XL. This is number H. C." [The "H. C." is inked

There is no publisher's note explaining that Dmitri's note was not ready
for the first edition.

Anthony Stadlen

In a message dated 23/05/2012 03:59:53 GMT Daylight Time, jansy@AETERN.US

"Why didn't they ask Evans?" (that's for Agatha Christie lovers) or....
Why didn't I search directly in the Wikipedia?
The answer and bibliographical and historical data are there...
Jansy Mello
Carrousel is a booklet published in 1987 containing three short texts
written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1923 for "Karussel", a Russian cabaret...The
three texts are:
"Laughter and Dreams" (by Vladimir V. Nabokoff), a short and
impressionistic essay on the arts, toys, and the cabaret.;"Painted Wood" (by V.
Cantaboff), an essay in the same vein on wooden toys and the cabaret; "The Russian
Song" (by Vladimir Sirine), a short and nostalgic poem.
"Cantaboff" of course refers to "Cantab." and the author's recent
graduation from Trinity College, Cambridge; "Sirine" was Nabokov's occasional
French spelling for "Sirin", his early Russian pseudonym.Brian Boyd regards the
poem as "banal", the prose as "masterly".[1]

The only known previous appearance of these three texts had been within
the second issue of a trilingual (German, French, English) brochure, Karussel
— Carousal — Carrousel, published in Berlin in 1923 as the prospectus for
"Karussel", a Russian theatre travelling to Berlin.
Stella de Does-Kohnhorst discovered a copy of this rare prospectus, gave
it to the Nabokov family, and asked for and obtained their permission to
publish the contributions by Nabokov.
There have been two editions, both designed by Bram de Does and published
in 1987 by Spectatorpers in Aartswoud (the Netherlands). Both claim to be
"limited" (to 100 copies of the first, and 150 of the second), but copies of
both with "HC" in place of the number are known, suggesting larger
numbers. The publisher's note to the first edition explains the reason for the two
editions: a detailed "Introductory Note" by Dmitri Nabokov, the author's
son, had arrived too late for inclusion in the first. Thus the first edition
lacks this note; the second, which is in a larger format, includes it. The
first edition — of which Michael Juliar stated (without explanation) in
1991 that "Thirty or so copies survive" [2] — is a paperback that was not
offered for sale; the second was made available in hardbound and paperback
[1] Boyd, p. 218.
[2] Juliar, pp. 43–4.
Boyd, Brian. Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1990.
Juliar, Michael. "Updates to Vladimir Nabokov: A Descriptive
Bibliography." Typescript, 1 April 1991.
Nabokov, Vladimir. Carrousel. Aartswoud: Spectatorpers, 1987.

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