Book collecting is a passion shared by many Romanovphiles. Old books in particular allow us a glimpse into life during the last years of Imperial Russia.
The Almanach de St-Petersbourg, Cour, monde et ville was published annually in 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1913-14. Each volume contained more than 400 pages.
The official part contains a list of persons, including members of the Russian Imperial family, including branches of the Oldenburg, Leuchtenberg, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, as well as members of the Imperial family living abroad.
Other lists include members of the State Council, officials of the State Chancellery, deputies of the State Duma, ministers and deputy ministers, members of the Senate, the Synod, as well as governors, mayors, provincial marshalls of the nobility, officers of the St. Petersburg City Council; list of Diplomatic Corps in the capital, including their wives and daughters. The Obituaries contain a list of people who died the previous year.
In the main section of the book are the addresses of those noted in the book (including members of the Russian Imperial family), details of their positions, relatives, wives and their maiden name, year of marriage, names and dates of birth, including sons and daughters. Listings in great detail of the noble families of Russia include the Princes Gagarin (15 families), Baron Korf (15 families) and Princes Golitsyn (30 families).
Also noted are the days and hours in which members of the nobility receive visitors, membership in aristocratic clubs of St. Petersburg (automotive, yachts, national and English clubs), plus their residential addresses during the summer months (including their estates in various Russian provinces, as well as abroad).
The publication includes other information, including table of ranks, titles and positions, etc.
Copies of the Almanach de St-Petersbourg are very rare. A copy of the 1913/14 edition recently sold for 4,000 Euros (more than $5,200 USD).
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 January, 2012