Moscow: Muzei Moskovskogo Kremlia, 2014. Sewn cl. The Museum of the Moscow Kremlin owns a lavish manuscript of the seventeenth century — the coronation album of the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty, which chronicles in elegant miniatures and Slavic calligraphy the beginning of a dynasty in 1613 that would last over 300 years. This monograph publishes the miniatures as two-page spreads followed by the text reproduced a in Old Church Slavonic of the original manuscript and in modern typography. The authors explicate each image pointing out the significance of the iconography and discerning discrepancies between words and imagery — at times the artists represented a variant of the action to emphasize one or another aspect of it thus making the visual documents original sources not a mere illustrations of the chronicle. The intricate but clean compositions, brilliant colors, and wealth of information on ritual, costume, and architecture make the manuscript a masterpiece of the genre. 306 p., 28 cm, approx. 60 color illus., Rus. Item #2725
N.B. The title of this book is very similar to a book published by "Artkitchen", which brought out a facsimile edition in 2012. This edition also reproduces the original but not as a facsimile. The commentary on each miniature gives the book the scholarly detail of a monograph.