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SOLNTSEV, Fedor.

Drevnosti Rossikogo Gosudarstvo. [Antiquities of the Russian State].

Drevnosti Rossikogo Gosudarstvo. [Antiquities of the Russian State].

Stock Code
97783
Moscow, A.Semyon, 1849
£125,000

The apotheosis of the chromolithograph in Russia, a magnificent work complete with all plates.

In 1841 a plan was underway to document every aspect of Russian life and society for future generation. The project was the brainchild of A.N. Olenin, President of the Academy of Arts and Director of the Public Library. He employed the services of the artist Solntsev (1801-92) to produce lithographs and drawings of domestic, clerical and royal articles ranging from mundane items such as cooking utensils to the lavish Imperial robes and jewels.

The project was a great success and on 27 April 1844 under the command of Tsar Nicholas I a committee was formed, under the presidence of Count Stroganov and including Snegirev, to organise the publishing of the collection of lithographs and write the accompanying descriptions. The Tsar allocated 1,000 gold rubles for the project.

600 copies were produced in total and thirty years post publishing Solntsev

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Description

6 vols bound in 4, folio (53 x 40 cm); 508 chromolithographed plates, 1 chromolithographed title and 6 chrimolithographed section titles, by F. Dreger after F. Solnstev, additional supplement of 11 chromolithographs inserted at the rear of vol. VI, without the Russian text; contemporary half maroon morocco, skilful restoration, light soiling to some plates but otherwise very fresh internally, all edges gilt.

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