• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 277

    BENOIS, Alexandre, and PRAKHOV, A.V. (editors). Khudozhestvennyia Sokrovishcha Rossii. [Art Treasures of Russia.] St. Petersburg: Imperial Society for the Encouragement of Artists, 1901-1903. 3 vols, comprising 36 parts in 26 and with indexes and supplement, 4° (308 x 240mm). Illustrated throughout, including some chromolithographs, lithographed titles after designs by Konstantin Somov and Ivan Bilibin. (Some tears and a few chips.) 20th-century red half roan, preserving the original printed wrappers designed by Lansere (extremities worn, covers of vol. 3 detached, one cover strengthened with tape, some paper wrappers trimmed). Provenance: Library of Congress (binding, bookplates, and de-accession stamps).

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    BENOIS, Alexandre, and PRAKHOV, A.V. (editors). Khudozhestvennyia Sokrovishcha Rossii. [Art Treasures of Russia.] St. Petersburg: Imperial Society for the Encouragement of Artists, 1901-1903. 3 vols, comprising 36 parts in 26 and with indexes and supplement, 4° (308 x 240mm). Illustrated throughout, including some chromolithographs, lithographed titles after designs by Konstantin Somov and Ivan Bilibin. (Some tears and a few chips.) 20th-century red half roan, preserving the original printed wrappers designed by Lansere (extremities worn, covers of vol. 3 detached, one cover strengthened with tape, some paper wrappers trimmed). Provenance: Library of Congress (binding, bookplates, and de-accession stamps).

    THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF THIS IMPORTANT PERIODICAL, EACH PART WITH THE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS BY LANSERE. A number of issues were entirely devoted to the various Museum and Palace Collections in St. Petersburg. Art Treasures of Russia includes numerous invaluable reproductions of some of the finest paintings, sculptures and art objects in Russian collections before their nationalization and dispersal. (3)


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