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    Sale 7551

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    27 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 24

    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.

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    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. (One leaf worn where the facing plate adhered, as often, some spotting.) Original red leather-backed red cloth, upper side richly gilt with an all-over design, spine with Imperial regalia blocked in gilt, lower side blocked in blind, white moiré endpapers, edges gilt (corners rubbed, small dampstain near the spine foot). Provenance: 'Printed in Russia' (small stamp on the title).

    FIRST EDITION. THE RARE RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE ISSUE, bound in red leather and cloth. 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. With three related chromolithographs laid-in. Burtsev 1902; Fekula 2112 ('very rare'); Lipperheide Sk11.


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