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[NÁPRAVNÍK (Eduard Francevič, 1839-1916, Czeck Conductor and Composer who settled in Russia)]

Fine unsigned Russian Cabinet Photo showing him seated at the piano with a young singer standing beside him, the photo has an inscription in English "To Mr J. Bloch, In kind remembrance from Nikita[?]", with the place and date, 6½" x 4¼", St Petersburg,

Item Date:  1890
Stock No:  40523      £225

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NATALIE (Obrenović, née Keschko, 1859-1941, Queen of Serbia known as 'Natalie of Serbia' from 1882-1889, wife of Milan I)

Central portion of an Autograph Letter in French with translation without a beginning or an end, saying "that he was sick and that for this purpose he wanted to get medical treatment, entrusting the regency to his father, the trouble in the Balkans requiring a man of experience. I, who have never managed to take King Milan's actions very seriously, I simply believe that he needs money and that he came to bore people hoping that he would give some to him so that he goes away. The fact that he borrowed 27 000 francs from the King confirms me even more in this opinion. To excite public opinion and perhaps also in the hope of achieving his goal, he announces to everybody that he will back to Serbia by end of March, something that no one wants. During his entire stay here, he only shouted at me and then suddenly at time of his departure he said that he was ready to make peace with me and it is said that this old metropolitan monkey was in charge for speaking to me in this direction. Being aware of that, I made warn his Eminence that he would abstain from it otherwise he would risk leaving his audience by the window and as courage is a civic virtue little in favor in the godly man and that he must have believed me capable of the thing, he avoided such a dangerous subject during his visit. The Austrian Minister stood completely out of the picture, completely in the shade all this time, but the malicious gossip ...", 4 sides 8vo., on beautifully monogrammed paper with a gilt and red crown above the monogram, no place, no date, small holds along the central fold not much affecting the text

Item Date:  0
Stock No:  40531      £250

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[NICHOLAS ALEXANDROVITCH (1844-1865, eldest son of Alexander II & Empress Marie, tsarevitch who never became tsar, fiancée of Princess Dagmar, died of tuberculosis in Nice and his place was taken by his brother who became Alexander III)]

Superb Imperial Russian Cabinet photo by Levitsky showing him full length, in profile, wearing a greatcoat and cap, 9" x 6", St Petersburg, no date, circa

Item Date:  1862
Stock No:  40554      £675

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