Lot 1144: Konstantinovich, Konstantin



2015-09-16 14:12:21

Lot 1144: Konstantinovich Konstantin: (1858-1915) Grand Duke Of Russia. Grandson Of Emperor Nicholas I. Poet And Playwright. A Good A.L.S., Konstantin, In Cyrillic, Four Pages, 8Vo, Saint Petersburg, 6Th January 1887, To His Sister 'Verusha', On His Personal Stationery, In Cyrillic. The Letter Bears To The Upper Left Border A Very Attractive Golden Embossed Monogramme With His Name, Below A Golden Crown. Konstantin Apologizes For Taking So Long To Write To Her, And Thanks Her Stating 'I Am Very Flattered That You Were So Considerate To My Verses, And That You Even Had Patience To Read The Book Twice. I Look Even More Strictly At My Vozrazhdenny Manfred (Revived Manfred). He Does Not Endure Criticism, Starting With The Fact That He Dies Unconfessed. I Am Vainly Seeking A State Of Grace For Him With The Help Of Others, But This Is Only A Forced Argumentation. I Wrote It Under Commission And My Mistake Was That I Set Myself An Unreachable Aim And I Sinned Against The Logic.' And Further Continues 'This Winter I Am Creating Pretty Much, Which Is Unusual For Me. Inspiration Comes To Me Specially In Spring And Summer When The Sun Warms My Bones. But Now I Have Been Writing For Three Month A Very Long Poem Pygmalion Which I Cannot Finish. I Am Steadily Dreaming About A Happy Day When, In Three Or Four Years, I Publish A New Collection Of Poems.' Konstantin Also Refers To His Son And Mentions That Soon He Will Be Weaned From The Wet Nurse, And Further States 'Today, Together With My Soldiers, I Have Been Freezing, Wearing Nothing But The Uniform On The Embankment. I Met Rogovsky. He Talked About You And My Dear Nieces. He Had Just Learnt That They Were Twins And Was Very Surprised...', And Concludes Sending Regards On Behalf Of His Wife And Baby Son Ioann. A Fine Letter Of Literary Interest. Ex . Konstantin Konstantinovich Wrote And Got Renown Under The Pen Name "K.R", Initials Of Konstantin Romanov. Konstantinovna Vera (1854-1912) "Verusha". Daughter Of Grand Duke Konstantin Nicholaevich, And Granddaughter Of Tsar Nicholas I. She Gave Birth To Twin Girls, Duchesses Elsa And Olga Of Wurttemberg. Prince Ioann Konstantinovich (1886-1918) Elder Son Of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. Prince Ioann Fought In Wwi And Was Decorated As War Hero. Exiled By The Bolsheviks, And Murdered Along With His Brothers Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich And Prince Igor Konstantinovich And Other Relatives And Friends. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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