KONSTANTIN KONSTANTINOVICH, Grand Duke of Russia (1858-1915). Autograph manuscript signed ('K.R.') of 'Sonet' [A Sonnet], dedicated to S.F. Platonov, and starting 'O ty, moguchii telom i dushoi', in Russian, dated Pavlovsk 7 March 1910, on ruled paper, one page, 4to (creased, minor tear on left margin); together with: A signed portrait photograph in an oval on card (300 x 200mm), showing the Grand Duke full-length in naval uniform, perched by a balustrade, by M. Mrozovskaia Studio, St. Petersburg, inscribed, signed and dated in Russian 'To deeply respected Sergei Fedorovich Platonov. Konstantin. 24 December 1904'.
A FINE PHOTOGRAPHIC POTRAIT AND MANUSCRIPT POEM BY KONSTANTIN ROMANOV. The lyrical sonnet addresses one of the ancient warriors of Russia, a Bogatyr, and recalls the glories of the past. Grandson of Nicholas I, Konstantin was trained for service in the navy, and saw action during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78, but is best remembered as a poet, dramatist, translator, and the elected president of the Academy of Sciences. The recipient of the poem and photograph was S.F. Platonov (1860-1933), the famous historian who taught members of the Imperial family. After the revolution he became president of the Archaeological Commission, and director of Pushkin House and the Academy of Sciences. (2)