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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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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


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:36 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2012 9:26 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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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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Friday, 22 June 2012
Rare and Second-Hand Royalty Books
Topic: Books


I have added a new section to my online bookshop which offers a selection of Rare and Second-Hand books on the royal families of Russia, Europe and Great Britain. Books on Russian, European and British royalty are combined into one list.

The new section currently offers more than 30 titles for collectors to choose from. Some copies are brand NEW, while others are more than 100 years old, and yet in excellent condition! All the titles listed in this section are one of a kind! The page will updated twice a month with additional titles.

The books offered in this section of my shop are from the personal library of a former royalty enthusiast who had amassed an enormous collection over many decades. Many of the books are in near mint condition, despite their age. Some books are extremely rare collectors items. Copies have been priced according to condition and rarity.

Please note that a portion from the sale of each book will be donated to Royal Russia. This helps me offset the costs of maintaining and developing the growing Royal Russia web site and blog.

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 June, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:59 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 22 June 2012 12:48 PM EDT
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Monday, 7 May 2012
Hvidore: A Royal Retreat
Topic: Books


The Dowager Empress Marie at her beloved Hvidore 

In 1906 Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and her sister, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia purchased Hvidore, a villa on the Danish coast, as their private home. Until 1914, the sisters visited the property every autumn, entertaining friends and many royal relatives in an informal atmosphere. It was indeed a royal retreat.

The First World War put an end to these happy times but in 1919, now exiled from Russia, the Dowager Empress Marie made the villa her home and Hvidore became her Court in exile. In 1920 she was joined by her daughter, the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and her family, who all lived at Hvidore, not always happily, until the Empress's death in 1928.

Hvidore: A Royal Retreat tells the story of the purchase, renovation, the many royal visitors and finally the sale of this forgotten royal home. This beautiful and informative book is filled with magnificent original photographs from a private collection.

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© Paul Gilbert Bookseller. 07 May, 2012

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Updated: Monday, 7 May 2012 8:14 AM 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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