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    Sale 7472

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    ELIZABETH I, Empress of Russia (later) -- Obstoiatel'noe Opisanie Torzhestvennykh Poriadkov Blagopoluchago Vshestviia v tsarstvuiushchii grad Moskvu i Sviashchenneishago Koronovaniia Imperatritsy Elizevet Petrovny. [Detailed Description of the Solemn Order of Entry into the Capital City of Moscow and Solemn Coronation of Empress Elizabeth]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1744.

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    ELIZABETH I, Empress of Russia (later) -- Obstoiatel'noe Opisanie Torzhestvennykh Poriadkov Blagopoluchago Vshestviia v tsarstvuiushchii grad Moskvu i Sviashchenneishago Koronovaniia Imperatritsy Elizevet Petrovny. [Detailed Description of the Solemn Order of Entry into the Capital City of Moscow and Solemn Coronation of Empress Elizabeth]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1744.

    2° (375 x 260mm). Engraved title, aquatint portrait of Elizabeth by J. Stenglin after Louis Caravaque, and 49 engraved plates by Grigorii Kachalov and Ivan Sokolov. (Title and most plates trimmed and folded with the multi-sheet plates separated, old repairs on the versos and mostly to fold and extremities, some scattered spotting, a few tears, plate 45 a reprint, small damp-stain in the last three plates, text with a few repairs in the margins, leaf E3 with short fore-edge and repaired in the inner margin.) Later polished calf (re-backed and repaired). Provenance: Friedrich Flüry and Co. (inscription dated 1780 recording purchase at auction) -- Prince Mikhail Semionovich Vorontsov (1782-1856; bookplate).

    THE RARE ELIZABETH CORONATION ALBUM IN RUSSIAN -- 'THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF RUSSIAN ENGRAVING IN THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH' (Rovinskii). Prince Vorontsov's copy with his bookplate at Alupka. Despite the date on the title, work continued until 1746 when editions in Russian, German, French and Latin were published simultaneously, under the supervision of N. Iu. Trubetskoi. The first Russian edition was printed in an edition of 600, but because of 'certain defects' a further 50 were printed, and in 1745 a further 900 were printed. The present copy, as often, has plates 1-4 in SK's second variant with the engraver's name, and plate 5 in the first variant without Grimmel's name. Prince Vorontsov was renowned for his successes against Napoleon and in the Caucasus, and for his wife's liaison with Pushkin, which yielded some of the finest verse in Russian. Bitovt 1001; Fekula 2111 ('it has been called THE MOST SUMPTUOUS RUSSIAN BOOK OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES'); Obol'ianinov 1846; Rovinskii Portraits IV-31, Engravings II-949-952; SK 4789; Sopikov 7539.


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