• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 24

    ELIZABETH PETROVNA, Empress of Russia -- 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 and Solemn Coronation of Empress Elizabeth]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1744.

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    ELIZABETH PETROVNA, Empress of Russia -- 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 and Solemn Coronation of Empress Elizabeth]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1744.

    2° (400 x 270mm). Engraved title, aquatint portrait of Elizabeth after Louis Caravaque, and 49 engraved plates by Grigorii Kachalov and Ivan Sokolov. (Some mostly marginal dampstaining, soiling and spotting, title just shaved in the bottom margin, plate 49 bound as frontispiece and portrait bound before the plates, most plates folded with the multi-sheet plates separated, many with tears and many with old repairs.) 20th-century quarter leather. Provenance: Martin Winkler (bookplate after Kravtschenko).

    THE RARE ELIZABETH CORONATION ALBUM IN RUSSIAN -- 'THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF RUSSIAN ENGRAVING IN THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH' (Rovinskii). 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. This 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. 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; RGB 172; SK 4789; Sopikov 7539.


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