29 November 2000
[PAUL I PETROVICH (Tsar of Russia 1796-1801)]. Risunki sobstvennym voiskam pokoinago Imperatora Pavla I [Drawings of his own Army by the late Emperor Paul I when his Highness was Grand Duke. Lithographed from the original drawings in the library of his Highness.] [? St. Petersburg]: Lithographic Department of the Military Settlement, 1835.
Small 2° (311 x 220mm). Lithographic title and 10 numbered, hand-coloured lithographic plates. (Title soiled at foot where mark of ownership erased.) Contemporary green Russian morocco, upper cover lettered in gilt, both covers with elaborate panelling in gilt and blind, flat spine in gilt panels, gilt turn-ins, blue endpapers, gilt edges (rather rubbed). Provenance: captions to plates with early manuscript translation into German; Mark Dineley (armorial bookplate); shelf-mark on title.
The short reign of Paul I ended with his murder in 1801, and was marked by his obsession with dress uniforms. All ten of the Tsar's figures in this rare suite are drawn in the same posture, at attention with arms firmly clasped to sides, and though this gives them a slightly doll-like quality, they are painstakingly and beautifully hand-coloured. Zaionchkovskii 1715; not in Colas, Hiler, Lipperheide or Obol'ianinov.
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