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Description du Sacre et du Couronnement de leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Alexandre II et l'Impératrice Marie Alexandrovna. [???????? ?????????? ??????????? ?? ?????????????? ?????????a ???????? ?????????? ?????????? ??????? ? ?????????? ??????????? ????? ????????????? ???? ??????].
Acad. Imperiale des Sciences St. Petersbourg 1856 - Elephant folio (90 x 67 cm). Lithographed title printed in red and gilt, 125 pp., text printed in brown on thick paper, with 18 full-page chromolithographs, some of these mounted as issued on thick paper with bilingual captions, by various engravers for Lemercier after Zichy, Timm, and others, 32 lithographed illustations, a few in color, printed on india paper and mounted as issued, and tinted folding panorama of Moscow; light marginal spotting. Publisher's green morocco, the cover gilt with a large block of the Imperial regalia, gilt edges; rebacked preserving spine, covers slightly rubbed. First edition of the most sumptuous of the imperial coronation albums - one of only 200 copies. In his 1941 Valse des Fleurs, Sacherevell Sitwell speculated that the volume was "of such immense size [that] this may be the largest book that ever issued from the printing press." No cost was spared in the production of the book: special large type was cast and it was printed on paper imported from China. Of the 52 illustrations, 18 are exquisitely printed chromolithographs after Zichy, Timm and other court artists and still retain their intense colors today. The volume took four years to prepare and the production cost an astounding 123,000 rubles. The album was prepared not merely for members of the court, but also for the diplomatic elite and the aristocracy of Europe. Two hundred copies were published in Russian, and two hundred in French, the latter as gifts for high figures in the court and foreign guests attending the ceremony. ____________________________ ?????? ??????? ?????? ?????????? ?? ????????????? ????????????? ???????? ?????????? ????? Sacherevell Sitwell ? ????? ????? Valse des Fleurs (1941), ??????????? ??????????? ????? ??????? ??????, ??????? ? ????????????? ??????? ?????????? II ????????? ?????: «??????? ????????? ????????? ???????, ??? ?????? ????? ??????????, ??? ??? ????? ??????? ????? ?? ????, ??? ?????-???? ????? ??-??? ????????? ??????». ?????????? ??????? ?????? ?????? ???? ? ???????? ????? ? 123,000 ?????? ??? ?????? ??? ?????????? ????? ????? ????? ???????????????? ???????; ?????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ??????? ???????? 52 ???????????, 18 ?? ??? - ??????????????? ?? ????????? ?????? ?? ???????? ????, ????? ? ?????? ?????????? ?????????? ?????????? ??????? ??????????????? ??? ?????? ??????? ?????, ?? ????????????, ? ????? ??????????????? ????? ? ??????????? ???????????? ????? ???? ?????? ?? ??????? ? ?? ???????????, ?? 200 ??????????? ?? ?????? ????? ?????????? ?? ??????????? ???? ???????????? ??????????? ?????? ???????????? ?? ????????? Burtsev 286; Fekula 2019 (French issue); Lipperheide Sk9 (French issue); Vereshchagin 25; R. Wortman, Scenarios of Power, vol. 2, Princeton, 2000, pp. 33-35. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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