NICHOLAS II -- KRIVENKO, V.S. (ed.). Koronatsionnyi sbornik s soizvoleniia Ego Imperatorskago Velichestva Gosudariia Imperatora. [Coronation Album of His Imperial Highness the Sovereign Emperor.] St. Petersburg: Expedition for the Preparation of Government Papers, 1899.
2 vols, 2º (440 x 320mm). Head- and tail-pieces 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, tissue guards, those for the photographic illustrations with printed captions. (Vol. 1 additional title with surface loss in the margin, small losses and tears in the margin of the front blank and half-title, the first gathering loose, some tissue guards with tears.) Original contrasting cream cloth, the spine of volume 2 backed with leather as issued, the covers and spine blocked in various colours and gilt, complete with the metal medallions mounted on the front boards, edges gilt, endpapers printed in silver and gilt (extremities rubbed, sides scuffed, some soiling, the medals rubbed). Provenance: Elena of Montenegro, Queen of Italy (1873-1952), thence by descent to the consignor.
FIRST EDITION. THE RARE RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE ISSUE. A copy with royal provenance: Elena of Montenegro, wife of Victor Emmanuel III, was Queen of Italy from 1900-1946. This lavish publication, opens with a survey of the coronations of Nicholas's predecessors, and is illustrated throughout with views of the ceremony, reproductions of the menus and programmes of festivities, and photographic portraits of noble families and dignitaries in attendance. Complete with the folding menu after Vasnetsov's original design.