Nicholas II: Koronatsionnyi sbornik (Coronation Album), Vasilii Silovich Krivenko, ed., St. Petersburg: Ekspeditsiia zagotovleniia gosudarstvennykh bumag (State Paper Manufacturers), 1899
Livre de fête produced to commemorate the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, illustrated with many black and white photographic prints; all having tissue guards with printed captions, and many colored plates of the coronation itself. Published by the Ministry of the Imperial Court by the Kind Permission of His Royal Highness the Sovereign and Emperor. Binding by Otto Kirkhner of St. Petersburg. Color illustrations printed at A.A. Levinson's Printing Press, Moscow. Compiled by V.S. Krivenko, illustrated by N. Samokish-Sudkovskaya and S. Vasilkovsky. With an appendix of reproductions after originals by A. Benois, V. Vasnetsov, K. Lebedev, V. Makovsky, I. Repin, A. Ryabushkin, and V. Serov. Volume I: 428 pages, 66 pages of color illustrations, illustration inserts and vignettes in the text; title page with a watercolor after N.S. Samokish. Volume II: 336 pages, 27 pages of color illustrations, 58 pages of photographic reproductions. Binding: Green leather with plychrome and gold design after a design by N.S. Samokish; round metal medallion with an image of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovskaya fixed to the upper part of the binding of volume 1; the medallion on volume 2 bears an image of the Russian state coat-of-arms with the inscription "God Be with Us" around the crown.
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2 volumes, folio (17 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.)
(438 x 432 mm)
Juan de Beistegui
Thence by descent
Sold: Chateau du Groussay: The Collection of Charles de Beistegui, Sotheby's, Paris, June 4, 5, 6, 1999, lot 1342
The Coronation Album was published three year after the coronation of Nicholas II and Alexandra Fedorovna. It follows in the tradition of lavishly illustrated livres des fêtes published to mark such ceremonies in Russia, dating back to the accession to the throne of Empress Anna Ivanovna in the eighteenth century. The first volume contains a history of the coronations of the great princes of Moscow, the tsars, and the emperors, as well as a detailed account of the coronation of Nicholas and Alexandra. The second volume consists of official documents connected to the celebrations: photographs and lists of royalty, government delegations and others present at the ceremony, manifestos, decrees, awards, invitations, posters, menus and programs of events. This set was presented to Juan de Beistegui, a member of the Mexican delegation to the Coronation festivities, whose photograph can be seen in Volume II.