Author: Kondakov, N.P.
Publication Date: 1892
Publication Place: St. Petersburg
Description: Kondakov, N.P., History and monuments of Byzantine enamel: From the collection of A.V. Zvenigorodsky. [Istoriya i pamyatniki vizantijskoj emali: Iz sobraniya A.V. Zvenigorodskogo]. St. Petersburg, printing house of M.M. Stasyulevich, 1892. - , VIII, 395 p.,  sh. front. (title pg. engr., portr.),  sh. Ill.; 38x32 cm. In Russian. Please feel free to request a detailed description. Short description : Copy No. 67 of the diplomat Alexander Persiani. The publication is an outstanding monument of Russian typographic art of the late 19th century and one of the most expensive books in the history of Russian printing. Great rarity. The circulation of the book is only 600 copies: 200 copies each in Russian, French and German. The edition wasn t available for sale, all its copies were numbered and signed, indicating the name of the person to whom it was intended. The book was sent mainly to "crowned persons, famous scholars and prominent book depositories." It is known that "Byzantine enamels" were in the collections of the kings of Italy, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Spain, etc., the Sultan of Turkey, the Emir of Bukhara, the Emperor of Austria, and others. On the frontispiece, there is a portrait of A.V. Zvenigorodsky, it was attached only to the copies that were distributed to the close friends of the collector. Three countries took part in the artistic and printing design of the "Byzantine enamels": Russia, France and Germany, and all the finishing work was done on a special individual order. The binding was made by the Leipzig firm Gubel & Denk. 27 sheets of chromolithographs were made by August Osterrit s lithographic establishment in Frankfurt am Main. Enamels were drawn by the best St. Petersburg graphic artists, engraving work was carried out under the guidance of the engraver V. Mate. The cliches of the drawings were destroyed after the book was printed. The text is a study on the history of Byzantine art and a scholarly description of enamels. It was written by Nikodim Kondakov (1844–1925), the leading Russian Byzantine scholar of the time. Please contact us for details on condition of available copies of the book. SKUANT000002