Deluxe issue in full morocco.
Benois specifically chose the ‘Elizabethan era’ for his study of this imperial palace, believing this period to have been its heyday. Under Empress Elizaveta the palace was expanded and, in 1751-56, completely redesigned and renovated under the supervision of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
The book is based on extensive research. It is accompanied by illustrations produced using the latest printing techniques, including heliogravures, colour reproductions, photo-engravings and autotypes. The design and illustrations were prepared by Benois himself, as well as great Russian artists including E. Lansere, K. Somov and M. Dobuzhinskiy, turning this monumental work into a piece of art. Immediately after its publication the book was called Дворцовая книга о дворце [The Palatial Book of the Palace] for its luxurious design and high price – copies in morocco bindings sold for 125 roubles.
First edition. 4to (33.6 x 28 cm). , engraved title, , frontispiece, letterpress title, , index , 263, xlv, 59 pp., with 53 plates, illustrations in text, prospectus loosely inserted; tear to a corner of one plate original red morocco gilt.
Stock ID: 96156