ALEXANDER III -- Opisanie Sviashchennago Koronovaniia Ikh Imperatorskikh Velichestv Gosudaria Imperatora Aleksandra Tret'iago i Gosudaryni Imperatritsy Marii Feodorovny vseia Rossii. [Description of the Coronation of their Imperial Majesties the Emperor of all the Russias Alexandre III and Empress Maria Feodorovna in the year 1883]. St. Petersburg, 1883.
2° (660 x 510mm). 27 chromolithographed plates, including the title, frontispiece, and 2 portraits, after Simakov, Makovskii, Sokolov, Savitskii, Karazin, Polenov, Kramskoi, Vereshchagin, Makorov, Bogdanov, Grigor'ev, Aleksandrovskii, Surikov and Samokish, decorative initials and illustrations in the text, some chromolithographed, text printed in black, blue and red. (Front blank with a short repaired tear, occasional light off-setting from the plates.) Publisher's original brown leather, upper side richly gilt with an all-over design, spine with Imperial regalia blocked in gilt, lower side blocked in blind, white moiré silk endpapers (small dampstain in the bottom margin of the endpapers). Provenance: Duke Mikhail Georgievich Mecklenburg (bookplate) -- 20th-century gift inscription on front blank.
FIRST EDITION. THE RARE RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE DELUXE ISSUE BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO. DUKE MIKHAIL MECKLENBURG'S COPY, IN REMARKABLY FRESH CONDITION. Duke Mikhail was related to the Romanov dynasty through his grandmother, Grand Duchess Ekaterina Mikhailovna, a granddaughter of Emperor Paul I. The coronation album of Alexander III, illustrating the ceremonies and events in Moscow, was printed in a small edition for members of the Imperial family and foreign dignitaries participating in the celebrations on 15 May 1883. According to Burtsev it was never offered for public sale and is accordingly rare. Burtsev 1902; Fekula 2112 ('very rare'); Lipperheide Sk11.