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Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Last Days at Tsarskoe Selo
Topic: Books


A new edition of Last Days at Tsarskoe Selo by Count Paul Benckendorff is now available from our online bookshop. The price is $20.00 CAD + shipping. 

Count Paul Benckendorff served as the Grand Marshall of the Russian Imperial Court under Tsar Nicholas II. After the collapse of the monarchy, both he and his wife shared the captivity of the Russian Imperial family at Tsarskoe Selo.


His narrative provides a detailed eye-witness account of the last tsars’ abdication, transfer to Tsarskoe Selo, and daily life during his months there under house arrest.

Throughout, Benckendorff characterizes Emperor Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna as courageous, gracious, and poised despite their obvious concern over the safety of their family.

Originally published in 1927, this new edition of Count Benckendorff’s memoirs is the most comprehensive to date. New features include a preface, an expanded introduction about the author, as well as a collection of more than 40 photographs not found in the original. The text is unabridged and includes all of the appendixes from the original edition.

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 © Gilbert's Books. 25 July, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:32 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 July 2012 4:28 PM EDT
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Thursday, 26 April 2012
Nicholas II 1896 Coronation Album on the Block
Topic: Books


With an ever-increasing selection of fine and decorative art, Gene Shapiro Auctions will hold its next auction of Russian and International Art on April 28 and 29, 2012.

The two-day auction event will feature 305 lots of paintings, books and works on paper on Saturday, April 28; and 333 lots of icons, works of art, bronzes, and porcelain on Sunday, April 29.

As always, Russian art forms the core of the auction, including a two-volume coronation album of Nicholas II, gloriously illustrated with plates from originals by Vasnetsov and Repin, among others, set alongside photographs of the royal family, and coronation memorabilia such as guest lists and menus ($30,000-40,000).

© Gene Shapiro Auctions. 26 April, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:28 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2012 12:34 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Last Days at Tsarskoe Selo by Count Paul Benckendorff
Topic: Books


Gilbert's Books (the publishing division of Royal Russia) is pleased to announce that a new edition of Last Days at Tsarskoe Selo by Count Paul Benckendorff, is scheduled for release in August 2012. 

Originally published in 1927, Benckendorff's fascinating and insightful memoirs provide an eye-witness account of the final days of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at Tsarskoe Selo before being exiled to Siberia. 

His memoirs are a recollection of the stay of the Russian Imperial family at the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo from March 1st to August 1st 1917. Benckendorff, who was the Grand Marshall of the Imperial Court and shared the captivity of the Romanovs at Tsarskoe Selo, provides a detailed account of Nicholas II’s abdication, transfer to Tsarskoe Selo, and daily life during his six months there under house arrest. Throughout, Benckendorff characterizes Nicholas and Alexandra as courageous, gracious, and poised despite their obvious concern over the safety of their family.

This title has been out of print for several years. Our new edition will include the original text and appendix, and will also include a selection of photographs that were not published in the original 1927 edition.

© Gilbert's Books. 10 April, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:02 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2012 5:11 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Almanach de St-Petersbourg
Topic: Books

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



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:47 PM EST
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Thursday, 20 October 2011
Royal Russia Annual No. 1
Topic: Books


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The OFFICIAL magazine of our ever popular web site offers 12 full-length articles, many written by Russian historians and appear in English for the very first time. Richly illustrated with photographs of the Russian Imperial family and their legacy.

Features include a full-colour cover highlighting the cover story: Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, The Canadian Years 1948-1960, large 8-1/2" x 11" format, 113 pages, over 100 black and white photographs, and more!

Price: $20.00 CAD + Postage.

© Royal Russia and Gilbert's Books. 20 October, 2011

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:08 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2011 9:12 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Six Years at the Russian Court by Margaretta Eagar
Topic: Books


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Originally published in 1906, this new expanded edition features two additional chapters about the grand duchesses, written by Miss Eagar in 1909, five years after she left Russia. Also, an extensive 46-page introduction, written by Charlotte Zeepvat will be included that includes previously unpublished material on Miss Eagar's personal life before and after Russia, her thoughts on the grand duchesses, letters by or about her from the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the reason why she left Russia in 1904, as well as some of her own writing that does not appear in her book.

Price: $25.00 CAD + Postage.

© Gilbert's Books. 08 March, 2011

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:51 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 9 March 2011 2:04 PM EST
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