3 March 2004
RASPUTIN, Grigori Efimovich (?1872-1916) -- A historical collection on Rasputin's assassination at Iusopov Palace, comprising:
1.) A calligraphic manuscript on paper, written in English and describing the event [second half of 20th century], 15 leaves, written on rectos only, 4° (267 x 210mm). Brown morocco by Fiona Campbell, dated 1979, slipcase with morocco labels bearing the Iusupov arms.
2. A portfolio containing 2 manuscript plans, 8 photographs and postcards of the Iusopov Palace, most early 20th-century, all laid down on card, and one other item. Brown morocco-backed portfolio by Fiona Campbell with uniform label.
3. A portfolio containing 31 early 20th-century photographs of architectural details of the Iusupov Palace mounted on 30 sheets of card, the portfolio constructed from an [?]18th-century gilt calf binding. Morocco-backed box by Fiona Campbell with uniform labels.
Prince Feliks Iusupov (the husband of the Tsar's niece) lured Rasputin to his palace on the evening of 30 December 1913, rightly guessing that the opportunity to meet her would prove irresistible. As is recounted in the present manuscript, following unsuccessful attempts to poison him, he was shot repeatedly, but still clung to life and it was only after he had been shot again and bludgeoned to death that his insensible body could be dropped into the frozen Neva, to be retrieved three days later. (3)
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