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NICHOLAS I, Emperor of Russia -- GRAF, Henry. Vues des Cérémonies les plus intérressantes de Leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Impératrice Alexandra à Moscou. Paris: Firman Didot, 1828.
NICHOLAS I, Emperor of Russia -- GRAF, Henry. Vues des Cérémonies les plus intérressantes de Leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Impératrice Alexandra à Moscou. Paris: Firman Didot, 1828.
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NICHOLAS I, Emperor of Russia -- GRAF, Henry. Vues des Cérémonies les plus intérressantes de Leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Impératrice Alexandra à Moscou. Paris: Firman Didot, 1828.

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NICHOLAS I, Emperor of Russia -- GRAF, Henry. Vues des Cérémonies les plus intérressantes de Leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Impératrice Alexandra à Moscou. Paris: Firman Didot, 1828.

Large 2° (710 x 530mm). Printed title, dedication, list of subscribers, 14 pages of text, and 12 lithographic plates, many by Courtin after Victor Adam, and lithographed by Engelman. (Title with marginal tears neatly repaired and cleaned, a few other very minor frays repaired). Original blue printed upper wrapper (restored, with new lower cover and spine), in a modern case.

THE CORONATION OF NICHOLAS I. The fine series of lithographed scenes after Victor Adam (1801-66) include the public proclamation, the celebrations and the public feast. 'Adam's pencil, always alert and well sharpened is shown here to full advantage' (Vinet). For the coronation scene itself, set in the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Kremlin, Adam chose the moment when the new Emperor embraces his elder brother, Grand Duke Constantine, whose ineligibility to succeed because of his morganatic marriage, placed Nicholas on the throne. One of the plates shows the throne of Tsar Mikhail Feodorvich, elaborately decorated with 1,500 rubies and other precious stones. There are 210 people in the list of subscribers, which indicates a print run of no more than 300 copies (Vereshchagin). Lipperheide II, p.698; Vinet 778; Vereshchagin 618.
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