29 November 2007
ALEXANDROV PALACE -- Four Books from the Libraries of the Imperial Children at the Alexandrov Palace. Various places: various publishers, various dates.
Various formats, (198 x 136mm to 220 x 152mm). Some half-titles, lithographs and engravings, engraved head- and tail-pieces, illustrations, one chromolithograph. (Light browning, some short marginal tears.) Two in publisher's cloth-backed boards with illustrated front covers and gilt spines; one in patterned grey cloth preserving the original upper wrapper, with gilt spine and lettering and green floral endpapers; one in deluxe blue morocco with gilt title and white moiré silk doublures, gilt inner dentelles and gilt edges (extremities rubbed, one endpaper and half-title loose). Provenance: Alexandrov Palace (manuscript labels) -- 'Printed in Russia' (stamps) -- Paul M. Fekula.
BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARIES OF THE IMPERIAL CHILDREN AT THE ALEXANDROV PALACE, including two children's books: Iz Zhizni Nashikh Predkov [From the Lives of our Ancestors] by A. Smirnov and Lastochkino Gnezdo i drugie Rasskazy [The Swallow's Nest and other stories] by O.I. Rogovaia. Both children's books were published by Alfred Fedorovich Devrien. Another of the books, Suvorov v Rodnoi Poezii [Suvorov in National Poetry], was written by Petr Vasil'evich Petrov, the Imperial children's Russian tutor also charged with supervising all of their studies and various other tutors, and is inscribed by him to 'O[l'ga] N[ikolaevna] from P.V. Petrov, 18.10.1910, Ts[arskoe] S[elo]'. The last is inscribed 'To dear Maria Pavlovna from Netochka [Anna Vriubova]'. Maria Pavlovna was Nicholas' niece and Vriubova was lady-in-waiting to and close friend of Empress Aleksandra Fedorovna. Fekula 2928, 3852, 5019, 5230 (these copies). (4)
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