Book Of Dimitrios Vikelas 1887 belonging To Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna Romanov of Russia
30th April 2018
This is an extremely rare book with Alexandra Georgievna's bookplate.
Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia (Russian: Алекса́ндра Гео́ргиевна); née Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πριγκίπισσα Αλεξάνδρα της Ελλάδας και της Δανίας); 30 August 1870 – 24 September 1891) was the third child and firstborn daughter of King George I and Queen Olga of Greece, who herself was a daughter of a Russian grand duke, and was also a grandchild of Denmark's King Christian IX and Queen Louise. She was a sister to Constantine I of Greece, and thus aunt of three kings and two queens, Constantine's three sons, who all became kings of Greece, and two of his daughters, who were queens, in name, of Romania and Croatia, respectively. She was also first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, King George V of the United Kingdom, and both King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway, as well as a paternal aunt of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
This book is from Greek author Demetrios Vikelas who was a very keen writer,observer,documentarist,businessman and also the first president of the Olympic Games Commitee in 1896.Alexandra Georgievna died in 1891 at 21 years of age so her staying in Russia was only for 2 years.During that period she had some greek books binded for her (to keep in touch with her mother tongue-Greek)but not many as she passed suddenly away.
This is one of the very few books with her emblem and also one of the very few that survived the October 1917 vandalisms of the palace's library.
It has a tiny wear mark in the bottom of the spine.One similar book is held in Tsarskoe Tselo Museum in Russia as their most popular item! That is due to the extra rare bookplate of Alexandra Georgievna that was only in 4-5 books.
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