Marina ROMANOVLégende tatare de Crimée. La Princesse Nenekedjan.
Paris, Editions Honoré Champion, 1926.
Large 4to, loose as issued in publisher’s gold paper-covered stiff wrappers with black title in Tatar type on front cover. Printed in red throughout, calligraphic text.
Pochoir coloured title-page, 3 unnumbered leaves, 26 unnumbered leaves, 6 leaves marked a-e, 1 unnumbered leaf. Numerous illustrations in the text and 4 superb pochoir plates. Complete.
First and only edition of a fine Orientalist book.
One of only 100 numbered copies [this copy unnumbered].
The Crimean Tatar story about a brave princess in the curious Israelite kingdom of Karaines reproduced in great luxury by Daniel Jacomet after the manuscript written and illustrated by Marina Petrovna Romanov (1892-1981), a member of Russia’s ruling house, daughter of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaïevitch of Russia and Princess Militza of Montenegro. During the First World War she worked as a nurse in the White Army, she left Russia with her family in 1919 and settled in France where she devoted most of her time to literary activities. She married Prince Alexander Galitzine in 1927.
Ref. Catalogue des publications et des livres de fonds de la Librairie ancienne Honoré Champion, 1932, p. 410 / Mahé, Bibliographie des livres de luxe, III, 310-311 / Russian Book Art, 112 / Not in Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library