Fine example, with Imperial provenance and in its original Imperial binding, of this rare ceremonial program with text in Russian and French.
Mikhail Nikolaevich Romanov (1832-1909) made a successful military carrier in Russia. In 1863 he was appointed a Commander of the First Caucasian Artillery regiment that was initially formed in 1837. Under his command the regiment took part in Russo-Turkish War 1877-8 and played significant role in the strategically important capture of the fortress Kars by the Russian forces.
The present copy belonged to the own son of Mikhail Nikolaevich, the Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich, who was a grandson of Nicholas I. He lived in exile first in the South of France and then in London, sent there by his first cousin Alexander III for his morganatic marriage with the granddaughter of Alexander Pushkin Countess Sophie of Merenberg.
Octavo (29.5 x 19.5 cm). 15, 15 pp. Original black cloth, Imperial double-headed eagle in embossed to upper cover; slightly rubbed, a small hole to spine.
Provenance: Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich; by descent Private British collection.
Stock ID: 88020