Plans et Détails du Monument Consacré à la Mémoire de l'Empereur Alexandre. Ouvrage Dédié à sa Majesté l'Empereur Nicolas Ier. With: Description de la Colonne Monumentale Erigée à la Mémoire de l'Empereur Alexandre Ier
by Montferrand, Auguste Ricard de
I. Half-title, engraved title with vignette, full-page engraved portrait of Alexandre Ier, (II pp.) foreword, IV pp. introduction, (I p.) list of plates, 40 pp. detailed text, with annotations, including description of the monument, its design, methods of quarrying and carving including details of sculptural technique, the transport of the column by barge, its transfer to land, and the final erection of the structure, 11 smaller engravings, 41 superb full-page engraved plates showing all aspects of the work, the engineering feats surrounding its movement and erection, the formal dedication of the monument, etc. Title-page and borders of several plates with expertly repaired tears, some smudging and light soiling here and there. With: II. 80 pp. text description (in French) of the creation and installation of the monument, accompanied by 2 beautiful hand-colored lithographic plates. I. Elephant folio. 3/4 morocco and boards, raised spine, gilt details. Paris (Thierry) 1836. II. 8vo. Leather-backed boards. St. Petersburg (Pluchart) 1834. A monumental publication on the fascinating history of the creation and erection of a column taller than those dedicated to Trajan and Napoleon, designed and executed by Montferrand (1786-1858), the noted French Neo-Classical architect active in Russia also responsible for the design of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The splendid and very detailed plates document the entire process from the carving of the stone in Fredrikshamn, over 100 nautical miles from St. Petersburg, its transport by barge, the preparation of the foundation and scaffolding, and its successful raising in August 1832. The barge loading nearly ended in disaster when the column broke through the loading ramp and threatened to roll over the barge; a team of 300 workers succeeded in setting back in place. Montferrand enlisted more than 2000 soldiers, officers, and workers to erect the 600 metric ton column, which was formally dedicated on August 30, 1834. (Inventory #: 46983)
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