|Prince A.Lobanov-Rostovsky (1788-1866)
presented his private book collection to the Theatrical library. This collection
of French plays of XVI-XIXth centuries is one of the largest in the world.
It includes the first editions of P.Cornielle, J.Racine, J.-B.Moliere,
the unique albums of water-colours: "Dessins de plusieurs Ballet -
Dansees par le Roy", with sketches by French artists from the end
of the XVIth till the middle of the XVIIth centuries, and "Habit et
costumes pour l'execution des Ballet de M-r Noverre, dessinees par M-r
Boquet, dessinateur du Roy". (Sketches by Boquet for the ballets by
J.Noverre. XVIIIth century.)
Maria Stuart. Portrait from the collection of
Prince A. Lobanov-Rostovsky.