Opisanie Sviashchennago Koronovaniia Ikh Imperatorskikh Velichestv Gosudaria Imperatora Aleksandra Tret'iago i Gosudaryni Imperatritsy Marii Feodorovny vseia Rossii. [Description of the Coronation of their Imperial Majesties the Emperor of all the Russias

Lot Number 29
Author ALEXANDER III, Emperor of Russia
Title Opisanie Sviashchennago Koronovaniia Ikh Imperatorskikh Velichestv Gosudaria Imperatora Aleksandra Tret'iago i Gosudaryni Imperatritsy Marii Feodorovny vseia Rossii. [Description of the Coronation of their Imperial Majesties the Emperor of all the Russias
Year Published 1883
Place Printed St. Petersburg
Printed By Expedition for the Preparation of State Papers
Description ALEXANDER III, Emperor of Russia -- Opisanie Sviashchennago Koronovaniia Ikh Imperatorskikh Velichestv Gosudaria Imperatora Aleksandra Tret'iago i Gosudaryni Imperatritsy Marii Feodorovny vseia Rossii. [Description of the Coronation of their Imperial Majesties the Emperor of all the Russias Alexandre III and Empress Maria Feodorovna in the year 1883.] St. Petersburg: Expedition for the Preparation of State Papers, 1883. 2. (660 x 510mm). 27 chromolithographed plates, including the title, frontispiece, and 2 portraits, after Simakov, Makovskii, Sokolov, Savitskii, Karazin, Polenov, Kramskoi, Vereshchagin, Makorov, Bogdanov, Grigor'ev, Aleksandrovskii, Surikov and Samokish, decorative initials and illustrations in the text, some chromolithographed, text printed in black, blue and red. (Old repairs in the margins of the first few leaves, some spotting and light offsetting.) Original brown leather-backed brown cloth, upper side richly gilt with an all-over design, spine with Imperial regalia blocked in gilt, lower side blocked in blind, white moire-style endpapers, edges gilt (light wear); early, perhaps contemporary book-form wooden case. Provenance: Prince Ivan Aleksandrovich Koudachev (1859-1933; provenance note laid-in) -- Imperial Society of Arts (stamp; pencilled shelf-marks one of these noting duplicate holding) -- 'Printed in Soviet Union' (small import stamp on the title). FIRST EDITION. THE RARE RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE ISSUE. PRINCE KOUDACHEV'S COPY. The coronation album of Alexander III, illustrating the ceremonies and events in Moscow, was printed in a small edition for members of the Imperial family and foreign dignitaries participating in the celebrations on 15 May 1883. According to Burtsev it was never offered for public sale and is accordingly rare. Prince Koudachev was at various times Russian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg, and Spain. In an early, perhaps contemporary wooden case, and with a coronation jetton, probably gold, c.9gm, hallmarked on a loop, with the monograms of Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna in blue and red enamel, and, in Russian, 'Moscow, 15 May 1883' on the reverse. Burtsev 1902; Fekula 2112 ('very rare'); Lipperheide Sk11.
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Provenance Prince Ivan Aleksandrovich Koudachev (1859-1933; provenance note laid-in) -- Imperial Society of Arts (stamp; pencilled shelf-marks one of these noting duplicate holding) -- 'Printed in Soviet Union' (small import stamp on the title).
Estimated Price GBP 70,000.00 - 100,000.00
( USD 117,600.00 - 168,000.00 )
Actual Price GBP 187,250.00 ( USD 299,600.00 )

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Auction House Christies
Website http://www.christies.com
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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