GRAF, Henry. Vues des Ceremonies les plus interressantes de Leurs Majestes Imperiales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Imperatrice Alexandra a Moscou.

Lot Number 28
Author NICHOLAS I, Emperor of Russia
Title GRAF, Henry. Vues des Ceremonies les plus interressantes de Leurs Majestes Imperiales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Imperatrice Alexandra a Moscou.
Year Published 1828
Place Printed Paris
Printed By Firman Didot
Description NICHOLAS I, Emperor of Russia -- GRAF, Henry. Vues des Ceremonies les plus interressantes de Leurs Majestes Imperiales l'Empereur Nicolas Ier et l'Imperatrice Alexandra a Moscou. Paris: Firman Didot, 1828. Large 2. (710 x 530mm). Printed title, dedication, list of subscribers, 14 pages of text, and 12 lithographic plates, many by Courtin after Victor Adam, and lithographed by Engelman. (Title with marginal tears neatly repaired and cleaned, a few other very minor frays repaired). Original blue printed upper wrapper (restored, with new lower cover and spine), in a modern case. THE CORONATION OF NICHOLAS I. The fine series of lithographed scenes after Victor Adam (1801-66) include the public proclamation, the celebrations and the public feast. 'Adam's pencil, always alert and well sharpened is shown here to full advantage' (Vinet). For the coronation scene itself, set in the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Kremlin, Adam chose the moment when the new Emperor embraces his elder brother, Grand Duke Constantine, whose ineligibility to succeed because of his morganatic marriage, placed Nicholas on the throne. One of the plates shows the throne of Tsar Mikhail Feodorvich, elaborately decorated with 1,500 rubies and other precious stones. There are 210 people in the list of subscribers, which indicates a print run of no more than 300 copies (Vereshchagin). Lipperheide II, p.698; Vinet 778; Vereshchagin 618.
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Estimated Price GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
( USD 33,600.00 - 50,400.00 )
Actual Price GBP 55,250.00 ( USD 88,400.00 )

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Auction House Christies
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Auction Name An Important Collection of Russian Books and Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance
Sale Number #6769
Auction Date November 29, 2012 - November 29, 2012
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