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Autograph letter, signed ("Alix"), Darmstadt 24 March 1892, to Dr. Sell

Autograph letter, signed ("Alix"), Darmstadt 24 March 1892, to Dr. Sell

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Autograph letter, signed ("Alix"), Darmstadt 24 March 1892, to Dr. Sell

by Alexandra, Empress of Russia

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Usual folds (with strengthening to tips inside). Near fine. With transcription and translation
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Darmstadt, 1892. 4 pages in German on recto and verso of a bifolium of mourning stationery. 1 vols. 12mo. Usual folds (with strengthening to tips inside). Near fine. With transcription and translation. 4 pages in German on recto and verso of a bifolium of mourning stationery. 1 vols. 12mo. The future Empress of Russia, Alexandra, Alix Viktoria, writes to Dr. Sell expressing her grief at the loss of her father, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, a fortnight earlier. Alix, or Alice Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice, was born in 1870, and after the death of her mother in 1878, Alix was protected by her grandmother Queen Victoria, who chose the girl's tutors and invited here often to England; Alix married Nicholas II in 1894 and was known as Alexandra Feodorovna. She was much under the sway of Rasputin, and perished with her children during the Bolshevik Revolution.
In this letter, she acknowledges a letter of condolence from a former tutor and writes that she is determined to carry on, and notes the heavy responsibilities now falling upon the shoulders of her brother Ernst, who succeded to the throne. She signs herself Ihre treue Schülerin und Freundin, your devoted student and friend, Alix.

A very rare autograph. Provenance: Dr. Herbert Ernest Klingelhofer (1915-2015), collector and former President of the Manuscript Society; bought at Stargardt 17 May 1960

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James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
346388
Title
Autograph letter, signed ("Alix"), Darmstadt 24 March 1892, to Dr. Sell
Author
Alexandra, Empress of Russia
Format/Binding
4 pages in German on recto and verso of a bifolium of mourning stationery. 1 vols. 12mo
Book Condition
Used - Usual folds (with strengthening to tips inside). Near fine. With transcription and translation
Quantity Available
1
Place of Publication
Darmstadt
Date Published
1892
Keywords
Russian
Bookseller catalogs
History, Travel & Geography;

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Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Recto
The page on the right side of a book, with the term Verso used to describe the page on the left side.
Fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
Verso
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
12mo
A duodecimo is a book approximately 7 by 4.5 inches in size, or similar in size to a contemporary mass market paperback. Also...
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