Ksenia (Xenia) Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia (6 April 1875 20 April 1960)
PERSONAL ILLUSTRATED INVENTORIES OF JEWELLERY AND BIBELOTS FROM 24TH JUNE 1880 TO 1905, AND OF JEWELLERY FROM 12 JANUARY 1894 TO 25 MARCH 1912, IN TWO VOLUMES
the first, smaller, volume from 1880-1905.
4to (22cm. x 17.5cm.), on 91 ruled leaves of text with drawings in watercolour and bodycolour, some heightened, of which the first 20 leaves are written on rectos and versos (i.e. 39 pages of inventory, the first page with list of the twelve months with their birthstones), containing 74 entries (no.4 omitted and crossed through) with Russian text on versos and French translation on rectos, with no. 75 in Russian only; the following 43 leaves written on versos only containing entries 76 to 265 (no.147 and 241 with brief annotation on recto, no.194 with annotation on pinned slip of paper), with 4 additional drawings dated 1892 between nos.177 and 178; the final 27 leaves on rectos and versos containing entries 269 to 499 with briefer descriptions, the front free endpaper inscribed 'S.A.I. la Grande Duchesse Xenie Alexandrovna' with her signature in Cyrillic 'Ksenia' below, the back endpaper with pencil inscription '305 eggs', in original half roan and cloth boards, the upper cover stamped in gilt with crowned cypher 'KA', rather worn, stitching weak, spine partly loose and lacking central section, marbled endpapers with Russian printed label 'I. Baliasov's Shop, Nevskii prospekt'.
the second, larger, volume from 1894 to 1912.
Folio (34.5cm x 21.5cm.), on 99 ruled leaves of text with drawings in watercolour and bodycolour, some heightened, of which the first 18 leaves are written on rectos and versos (no.17 on verso only), followed by 26 leaves on rectos only, 8 on versos, and a further 47 on rectos only, with 426 numbered entries, of which all but no.62-64, 219, 221 and 422-426 are illustrated), 11 illustrations on card pasted on leaves, 9 with annotations on stitched slips of paper, followed by blank leaves, in original diced maroon leather, the upper cover stamped in gilt with crowned cypher 'KA', marbled endpapers.