Lot 252: (CATHERINE THE GREAT.) Krougly, Alexandre; and Sideau, F.G. La Cour De L''Impératrice Catherine II Ses Collaborateurs Et Son Entourage.
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (CATHERINE THE GREAT.) Krougly, Alexandre; and Sideau, F.G. La Cour De L''Impératrice Catherine II Ses Collaborateurs Et Son Entourage. 189 silhouette plates, text in Russian and French. 2 volumes. Large 8vo, 9 3/4x7 1/4 inches, period tree calf with Russian binder ticket, gilt spine with red and black morocco lettering pieces, original wrappers bound in, extremities lightly rubbed, case loose to volume I with cords holding, few scratches to upper cover of volume II; plates generally very clean, some light scattered foxing, previous owners stamp front free end paper. St. Petersburg, 1899
Rare compilation of silhouttes of Empress Catherine II, her imperial family, court nobility and foreign dignitaries. The original silhouettes were created by Frederic George Sideau during his residence in St. Petersburg from 1782-1784 and collected by Count P. Razumovsky. By descent through his family, Razumovsky''s grandson Duke George of Mecklenburg-Strelitz saw to their publication in the present volumes in 1899.