London: 1891. unbound. 1 page, 7 x 4.5 inches, Claridge's Hotel, London, January 9, 1891. Written in English to an autograph collector, in full: "My Young Friend, Allow me to offer you a friendly advice: whenever you want some valuable autographs, ask them from people more celebrated than Sincerely Yours, Olga Novikoff nee Kireeva (O.K.)." One horizontal fold; very good(+) condition.
Russian author, propagandist and reputed agent. She kept a famous salon when she was in London, first at Brook Street, then Claridge's Hotel, where her circle of friends included Carlyle and J.A. Froude. Nicholas I was her godfather and her husband, Ivan Novikov, was a Colonel at Staff Headquarters and Curator of St. Petersburg University. Opponents of Prime Minister Gladstone accused her of being a Russian spy.