Gogol, Nikolai; Spirin, Gennadij (illustrator)
Boston: David R. Godine, 1993. Folio, original glossy color pictorial boards, color pictorial endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrations in color throughout text. Signed by the illustrator on the title page.
First American edition of this colorful adaptation of Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol's The Nose, first published in 1836. In this surreal tale, a nose goes rogue in imperial St. Petersburg, abandoning its position on the face of a conceited civil servant to assume a new identity: “Suddenly, right in front of him, a carriage stopped and out stepped a very fine gentleman in a full dress uniform. But what stopped Kovaliov in his tracks was that this elegantly appointed officer was, very clearly and without any question, HIS NOSE. . . . This wasn't going to be easy." A fine copy, signed by Gennadij Spirin in gold ink on the title page.