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Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Countess in Limbo: The Diaries of Countess Olga Hendrikoff
Topic: Books

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Countess Olga "Lala" Hendrikoff was born into the Russian aristocracy, serving as lady-in-waiting to the Empresses and enjoying a life of great privilege. But on the eve of her wedding in 1914 came the first rumours of an impending war - a war that would change her life forever and force her to flee her country as a stateless person, with no country to call home.

Spanning two of the most turbulent times in modern history - World War I in Russia and World War II in Paris - Countess Hendrikoff's journals demonstrate the uncertainty, horror and hope of daily life in the midst of turmoil. Her razor-sharp insight, wit and sense of humour create a fascinating eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution and the Occupation and Liberation of Paris.

In A Countess in Limbo, Countess Hendrikoff tells her remarkable true story that includes the loss of her brother in the Russian Gulag, her sister-in-law murdered with the Russian Imperial family at Ekaterinburg, and herself being robbed at gunpoint and accused of being a spy by the Nazis. She also speaks of the daily life that continues during wartime - ration cards and food restrictions, the black market, and the struggle just to get by for another day. Her gripping story and thoughtful analysis provide an invaluable look at life and humanity in the face of war.

© Paul Gilbert - Bookseller. 06 February, 2013

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:03 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2013 7:08 AM EST
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Saturday, 26 January 2013
Buxhoeveden Memoirs Published in Russia
Topic: Books


The first Russian edition of The Life and Tragedy of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna 

The Russian publisher Grif, have published the first Russian edition of Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden's memoirs.

Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden (1883-1956) served as lady-in-waiting to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Her three books were considered to give one of the best accounts of the Romanov family's life and final days. They were Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna, published in 1928; Left Behind: Fourteen Months in Siberia During the Revolution, published in 1929; and Before the Storm, published in 1938.

Her memoirs were out of print for decades until the 1990s, when they were reissued by Gilbert's Books (the publishing division of Royal Russia).

The publisher will hold a book launch for the new Russian edition at the Russian Orthodox University in Moscow on February 4th.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 January, 2013

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:53 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 26 January 2013 9:21 AM EST
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Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Russian Publishing Firm Issues New Editions of Coronation Albums
Topic: Books


The Russian publishing firm of Alfaret in St. Petersburg, have taken on the monumental task of issuing fascimile editions of the coronation albums of the Russian sovereigns.

A total of seven albums have been published of the following Romanov sovereigns: Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich (originally issued in 1856); the Empresses Anna Ivanovna, Elizabeth Petrovna; and the Emperors Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II.

The albums are exquisite collectors editions bound in leather with gilt lettering, complete with original text (Russian and French)  and illustrations. Each album has been published as a limited edition with prices ranging from $5,000 - $15,0000 USD!

Please note that these books are not available for sale through Royal Russia's online bookshop.

© Paul Gilbert. 8 January, 2013

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:46 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2013 3:47 PM EST
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Thursday, 3 January 2013
Imperial Requiem: Four Royal Women & the Fall of the Age of Empires
Topic: Books

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A new book by Justin C. Vovk explores the lives of four exceptional royal women: Augusta Victoria of Germany, Mary of Great Britain, Alexandra of Russia, and Zita of Austria-Hungary.

In Imperial Requiem, Justin C. Vovk narrates the epic story of four women who were married to the reigning monarchs of Europe's last empires during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More than 600 pages!

© Paul Gilbert - Bookseller. 3 January, 2013


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:17 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 24 January 2013 1:40 PM EST
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Monday, 19 November 2012
Royal Russia Annual No. 3 (2013)
Topic: Books


Progress on the third issue of our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual is well under way and scheduled to go to the printers in January 2013..

Included in this issue will be the following full-length articles:

Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich: Life & Death of the Tsesarevich

- An in-depth look into the son of Emperor Alexander II who was engaged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark. He died at Nice, France on 24th April, 1865.

Imperial Yacht Livadia

- A study of the most elaborate, yet peculiar yachts of the Russian tsars. Her maiden voyage proved to be her last. Richly illustrated with beautiful photos of the yacht's interiors.

My Russia: The Revival of the Alexander Palace

- A history of the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo and plans for its revival over the next 5 years. Richly illustrated with photographs by Paul Gilbert.

plus, these articles by Russian and British historians:

  • The Imperial Family Celebrates the Winter Season by Irene W. Galaktionova
  • The Royal Nun: Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna by Irene W. Galaktionova
  • Exile at Hvidore by Coryne Hall
  • Faberge: The Missing Imperial Eggs by Annemiek Wintraecken and Christel McCanless
  • Nicholas II: A Re-Evaluation of the Reign of Russia's Last Tsar by Katie Wilkens

Plus 2 collections of rare and vintage photographs:

  • Frozen in Time featuring photographic memories of the Russian Imperial family
  • The Lost World of Imperial Russia featuring vintage photographs of Imperial Russia before the Revolution

Note: this is just a partial list of the full-length articles scheduled to be published in this issue and is subject to change without notice.

Royal Russia Annual No. 3 (2013) will be available in February 2013. Watch for our advertisements in upcoming issues of Majesty and Russian Life magazines.

For more information on Royal Russia Annual, or to place an order for current and back issues, please refer to the following link;

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© Gilbert's Books. 19 November, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:35 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:01 PM EST
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Russian Magazine, Palaces and Estates
Topic: Books

Palaces and Estates is a monthly magazine published by De Agostini Ltd. since 2010. To date, there have been 44 issues published, complete with handsome collectors albums to store them in.

Published as a collector's series, each issue is dedicated to a particular palace or estate, its history, architects, its Imperial or noble residents, filled with interesting facts and information. 

Each issue is 32-pages, richly illustrated in full colour with Russian text by A. Zharkova. There is NO English edition of this magazine available.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 October, 2012


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Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2012 9:26 AM EDT
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Monday, 15 October 2012
Former People: The Last Days of the Russian Aristocracy
Topic: Books

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Historian and author Douglas Smith is the author of a highly recommended new book,  Former People: The Last Days of the Russian Aristocracy.

The story of how a centuries'-old elite, famous for its glittering wealth, its service to the empire, its promotion of the arts and culture, was dispossessed and destroyed along with the rest of tsarist Russia.

A fascinating and well-researched book, it is truly the last great untold story of the Russian Revolution and the lost world of Imperial Russia. 

Watch the video for more information on this title or visit our online bookshop;

© Royal Russia. 15 October, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:50 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 15 October 2012 11:01 AM EDT
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Friday, 5 October 2012
Romanov Legacy - 2013 Calendar NOW IN STOCK!
Topic: Books

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Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. Royal Russia will mark this historic event with a unique wall calendar celebrating the architectural jewels created by the Romanov dynasty.

Romanov Legacy, our 2013 calendar offers a rich selection of vintage photographs of more than a dozen palaces and residences of the Russian Imperial family, including their historical interiors. Each page is highlighted with interesting facts and information about a particular palace or residence.

Featured are a dozen palaces and residences of the Romanovs: the Winter Palace, Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, Anitchkov Palace (St. Petersburg); the Lower Palace and Ropsha (Peterhof); Constantine Palace (Strelna); the Maly and Bolshoy Palaces (Livadia); Spala and Bialowieza (Poland); plus the palaces of Grand Dukes Alexis Alexandrovich, Nicholas Nicholayevich [St. Petersburg]; Grand Duke George Alexandrovich [Abbas-Tuman].

Please note that the entire proceeds from the sale of these calendars helps offset the growing costs of maintaining our web site and blog, translation costs and more.

The price is $10.00 CAD + postage. Multiple copy orders for gifts to friends and family: please request an invoice so that the correct shipping amount can be applied to your order. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 05 October, 2012


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Updated: Saturday, 6 October 2012 8:38 AM EDT
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Friday, 7 September 2012
Royal Russia Annual No. 2
Topic: Books

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ROYAL RUSSIA is pleased to announce that the second issue of our OFFICIAL magazine is now available.

This issue offers 8 full-length articles, many written by Russian historians and appear in English for the very first time. Plus, 3 photograph collections of the Russian Imperial family and their legacy enhance this issue.

Features include a full-colour cover highlighting the cover story: Tsar Alexander II and Tsarskoye Selo, large 8-1/2" x 11" format, 112 pages, over 135 black and white photographs, and more!

Price: $20.00 CAD + Postage.

© Royal Russia and Gilbert's Books. 07 September, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:14 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2012 9:24 AM EDT
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Sunday, 2 September 2012
Romanov Palaces and Residences
Topic: Books

We received a large shipment of books from Russia earlier this week, including four new photo books on the Romanov palaces and residences. Each title offers text and/or captions in English. For more information or to place an order, please refer to the following links;

||| Bialowieza: An Imperial Residence (Czestnych and Kettering) |||

||| Palaces Destroyed: Nazi Occupation of Leningrad Region 1941-1944 (Irincheev and Zhukov) |||

||| Spala: An Imperial Residence (Czestnych, Kettering and Sloniewski) |||

||| Tsarskoye Selo in Old Photos: The End of the 19th - Beginning of the 20th Century (Lebedinskaya and Plaude) |||

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 02 September, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:07 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 2 September 2012 6:25 AM EDT
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