Six leaves, printed on silk (first & final two leaves are blank). 4to (271 x 197 mm.), cont. pale pink silk over boards, covers stamped in gilt, silk paste-down endpapers, a.e.g. [Weimar?]: 1818.
A rare deluxe printing on silk, a poem written to celebrate the birth on 24 June 1818 of Karl Alexander, the second son of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859) and Karl Friederich, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1783-1853). Maria Pavlovna was the third daughter of Tsar Paul I (1754-1801). Maria Pavlovna was raised at her father’s palaces at Pavlovsk and Gatchina. Karl Alexander later inherited his father’s title.
In 1804, Maria Pavlovna met and married Karl Friedrich in St. Petersburg while he was on a grand tour of Europe. In Weimar, she became a great patron of art and music and the sciences, and took a serious interest in the social welfare of the inhabitants of the Grand-Duchy. She took courses at the University of Jena, several of which were taught by Alexander von Humboldt. Franz Liszt was appointed her Kapellmeister following his retirement from the concert stage. Goethe considered Maria Pavlovna one of the worthiest women of his time.
A fine copy preserved in a slip-case.
Item ID: 6171