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THE CORONATION OF NICHOLAS II (1894-1917)
Les Solennites du Saint Couronnement ouvrage publie avec l’autorisation de sa majeste l’empereur par le ministere de la maison imperiale. Sous la direction de M. V. S. Krivenko. Traduction francaise de M.G. Korsow. [Coronation collection dedicated to the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Tsar Nicholas II]: [in 2 vols.]. St. Petersburg: Expedition of preparation of state papers, 1899. [Vol. 1.] - XXXI, 396 p., 60 p. ill.; 45x33,4 cm. In French. In the publishing whole-leather binding of N. Samokish. Bound of bordeaux color with a gold medallion. Gold and polychrome lettering on the top cover and spine. Threesided gold book edge. Slight fading of the spine. Bookplate of the Saxe- Coburg-Gotha family, the ruling dynasty of Belgium and Great Britain, on the front flyleaf. Some of the illustrations were created by the artist Elena Samokish- Sudkovskaya. The collection contains rich visual material: photos of guests, phototypes from old engravings and manuscripts, illustrations by prominent artists in A. Benois, V. Vasnetsov, V. Makovsky, I. Repin, V. Serov, etc. In 1914, at the international exhibition of printing and graphics in Leipzig, the publication was called a masterpiece of book art. The first volume of the publication contains a detailed history of the Royal wedding tradition and an overview of the coronations of all Russian monarchs. The coronation collection is one of the most luxurious publications of Russian printing. Provenance: from the b-Ki of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dynasty.