Paris: Gide, 1861. Octavo (24.5 × 16 cm). Later cloth with original front and rear wrappers preserved; , 61,  pp. The wrappers lightly chipped, else very good.
This effusive memoir about Empress Alexandra Fedorovna (nee Charlotte of Prussia 1798–1960), wife of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, was written by Floriant Gille, a French tutor to the children of Nicholas I and a confidant of the Empress. Published in Paris just after her death, the text is a commemorative tribute to the Empress, sharing anecdotes from her life with her family and at court. Nicholas I (on the throne 1825–1855) came to power after the Decembrist uprising, but Alexandra Fedorovna was known to sympathize with the wives of the exiled Decembrists and generally had a good reputation in Russia and abroad. This copy of the memoir contains a contemporary photograph of a portrait of the Empress, sewn into the binding after the title page. Scarce; no copies found in the trade.
Book ID: P5942