Moscow: Trekhgornaya manufactura, 1913.  pp. 16x20 cm. Illustrated wrappers. Very good. One of 100 copies.
An extremely rare example of cloth printing in pre-revolutionary Russia. To our knowledge one of only 4 such books produced by Trekhgornaya Manufactory at the time (two other being children’s books and the last one was dedicated to Kostroma).
The books were produced by one of the oldest textile factories in Russia - Prokhorov’s Trekhgornaya Manufactory that was founded in 1799 by the peasant’s son merchant Vasily Prokhorov. He started a dynasty that went on until 1918 when the factory was nationalized.
According to documents, by the beginning of the 20th century, the factories of the Trekhgornaya Manufactory was producing the best satin in the country, cambric, flannel, furniture fabrics, silk and woolen products (3 million pieces a year worth up to 33 million rubles). The Manufactory was also active in producing the souvenirs like this book: it was dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Romanov’s accession to the throne. Each page has a different illustration similar to lubok style.
It’s interesting to note that the book doesn’t have any images of the members of the Romanov family that were alive at the time. If we compare this book to more traditional ‘paper’ anniversary editions printed in 1913, we could see the absence of portraits of tsar Nicolas II and his family which were always included in such albums. It has to do with the fact that in 1894 the Manufactory tried to start the production of painted scarfs with portraits of the Imperial family, and that initiative was blocked at first but later Moscow general governor allowed such scarfs to be made. Because of the incident it was decided that this book wouldn’t include the portraits of the Tsar Family.