29 November 2007
NICHOLAS II -- KRIVENKO, V.S. (ed.). Les Solennités du Saint Couronnement. [Koronatsionnyi sbornik, posviashchennyi koronatsii Ego Imperatorskogo Velichestva Gosudaria Imperatora Nikolaia II]. St. Petersburg: Expédition pour la confection des papiers de l'Etat, 1899.
2 parts in 1 vol., 2° (438 x 320mm). Text and headpieces printed in various colours. Illustrated throughout with over 170 full-page illustrations, some of these chromolithographs printed in various colours and gold, some double-page or folding, the photographic illustrations complete with the printed tissue guards. (A few short tears and occasional creases, one part of the large folding menu torn cleanly at the fold.) Original tan leather spine and cream bubble-grain pictorial cloth, the spine and front cover blocked in various colours and gilt, and complete with the metal portrait medallion, edges gilt, endpapers printed in silver and gilt (front cover darkened, back cover with some soiling, edges rubbed).
FIRST EDITION, French issue, of Nicholas II's coronation album, in the original binding complete with the cover medallion. A lavish publication, which opens with a survey of the coronations of Nicholas's predecessors, and illustrated throughout with views of the ceremony, reproductions of the menus and programs of festivities, and photographic portraits of noble families and dignitaries in attendances.
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