Fine copy of this celebrated coronation album of alexander III. One of only 200 copies.
The beautiful chromo-lithographed plates and illustrations, some heightened with gold, illustrate the ceremonies and events in Moscow and were drawn by the best artists of the time, including Vereshchagin and Samokish. This commemorative monument was printed only for the Imperial family and foreign dignitaries participating in the celebrations on 15 May 1883: it was never offered for public sale and is accordingly rare.
First edition. Large folio (66 x 51 cm). 27 chromolithographs, including the title, after Simakov, Makovskii, Sokolov, Savitskii, Karazin, Polenov, Kramskoi, Vereshchagin, Makorov, Bogdanov, Grigor’ev, Aleksandrovskii, Surikov and Samokish, decorative initials and illustrations in the text, many chromo-lithograph, text printed in black, blue and red (occasional spotting, some offsetting from plates onto the text, adhesion to text from two plates). Original dark green morocco-backed cloth, upper cover richly gilt incorporating the Russian imperial eagle, spine with imperial regalia blocked in gilt with small restorations, lower side blocked in blind, white moiré endpapers, edges gilt.
Stock ID: 98824