DescriptionCatherine the Great Document Signed. "Catherine." One page, 9" x 13.25", in Russian Cyrillic, October 7, 1796, Saint Petersburg. Here the empress lends her signature to a military appointment titled "Our Lieutenant Colonel Replacement" just over a month before her death. Born Sophie Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst, the daughter of a petty Prussian prince, she changed her name to Catherine when she accepted the Russian Orthodox faith.
Catherine II of Russia (1729 - 1796) is often referred to as the epitome of the "enlightened despot". She reigned as empress of Russia from June 28, 1762, until her death. Catherine married the Grand Duke Peter of Russia in 1745, but the marriage proved unsuccessful - due in part to the grand duke's impotence and mental immaturity. In July 1762, the Leib Guard revolted, deposed Peter, who was now emperor, and proclaimed Catherine the ruler of Russia.
Condition: Smoothed folds, scattered foxing, soiling (particularly along the edges), separation at the bottom of the vertical fold, since repaired with tape.
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