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AXEL & MARGARETHA
... A Royal Couple
by Randi Buchwaldt & Ted Rosvall

A new book in the series; Swedish Princes and Princesses has been published; AXEL & MARGARETHA - A Royal Couple, by Randi Buchwaldt and Ted Rosvall. 96 pages, 145 illustrations, many never before published. Princess Margaretha (1899-1977) was the daughter of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg and the sister of Crown Princess Märtha of Norway and of Queen Astrid of Belgium. Prince Axel (1888-1964) was the son of Prince Valdemar and Princess Marie d'Orléans. They were both very active in the Danish society, especially Prince Axel, who had many assignments within shipping, aviation and sports.

Randi Buchwaldt has inteviewed Prince Axel and Princess Margaretha's grandchildren as well as Princess Benedikte of Denmark and others that knew the princely couple. The result is a a very initiated double biography which also gives a bit of Scandinavian history and above all; glorious images from a time and an era long since gone ...

ITEM #4141
PUBLISHED: 2013
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
96 Pages, 145 Black & White Photos
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


BAYERISCHE RESIDENZEN
in historishen Photographien
by Gerhard Hojer and Elmar D. Schmid

This book is dedicated to the palaces and residences of the Bavarian royal family, featuring more than 140 vintage photographs, including interiors. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN!

ITEM #7328
PUBLISHED: 1983
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Slight tear on back cover, otherwise an EXCELLENT COPY
205 Pages, Richly illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


BOURBON-ORLEANS
A Family Album
by Prince Michael of Greece

Prince Michael of Greece, son of Princess Françoise of Orléans, presents a wealth of hitherto unseen pictures of his ancestors, the Bourbon-Orléans. This album contains not only the immediate family in France, but also the associated families in Belgium, Württemberg, Denmark, Bulgaria, Spain and Brazil. The royal house of France has its roots in the 9th century, with different branches occupying the throne one after another: the Capetians, the Valois, the Valois-Angoulêmes, the Bourbons and the Orléans. The same dynasty ruled for nearly 1,000 years. The Orléans branch started with Louis XIV’s brother, Philippe of France, Duke of Orléans. Brilliant, talented, charming, unconventional, scandalous and daring, his descendants were lovers of art who were also noted for their political ambitions.

Over 200 Black & White Photographs!

ITEM #4130
PUBLISHED: 2009
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
96 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Des Kaisers teure Kleider
by Wilfried Seipel, et. al

An exceptional exhibition catalogue which showcases the the uniforms and fashion at the Imperial Court in Vienna, including formal gowns and robes, Court uniforms and liveries from the early 18th Century to 1918. Richly illustrated throughout with stunning colour photographs.

The exhibition was held at the Palais Harrach, Vienna from May to September, 2000, and the Reiss-Museum, Mannheim from October 2000 to January 2001. This is a rare collectible for any one with an interest in the Habsburgs. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN!

ITEM #7308
PUBLISHED: 2000
Large Oversized Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT CONDITION!
279 Pages, Illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 75.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Die Letzte Griechin
Kaiserin Elizabeth auf Korfu
by Robert Holzchuh

A very personal, very private book about Empress Elisabeth of Austria, affectionately known as Sisi. A biography, a picture book, a travel guide, a history book, all rolled into one, about her travels to the island of Corfu in Greece where she had a luxurious villa built. This book includes some beautiful watercolours, plus black and white photographs of Sisi and her villa. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN.

ITEM #7285
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
168 Pages, Illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 35.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Die Verschollenen Tagebücher Franz Josephs
by Anna Maria Sigmund

The young Emperor Franz Joseph's diaries were believed to be lost. In fact, they survived, found in a hidden compartment of the imperial cabinet after the collapse of the monarchy. Saved in 1918 under adventurous circumstances at the last moment before destruction, the valuable find was incorporated into a private archive in which he - unknown and unpublished - survived the turmoil of the century. Anna Maria Sigmund has retrieved these historic diaries which provide insight into the life of the young Franz Joseph. She had published the most informative passages, which provide descriptions of the times, and accompanied by a wealth of photographs. The diary of the young Franz Joseph from 1843 contains fascinating stories about the private lives of the Austrian Imperial family, the education of the future monarch, the summer stays at Bad Ischl, the Bavarian relatives and educational trips through the Austro-Hungarian domains. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN!

ITEM #7306
PUBLISHED: 1999
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT CONDITION!
216 Pages, Illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 35.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


EDDY & HÉLENE
... an Impossible Match
by Prince Michael of Greece

If Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, ‘Eddy’ to his family and friends, had lived to become king, Britain might have had a Roman Catholic queen. He certainly hoped it would. Biographers have dismissed Eddy’s love for Princess Hélène of Orléans as a thing of no consequence, the passing whim of an ineffectual prince who did the monarchy a favour by dying. But the recent discovery of a cache of original documents relating to their romance casts a new light on the affair, showing just how much the relationship meant to the couple themselves, and the lengths to which their families went in searching for a settlement that would allow them to marry. Ultimately, the religious obstacles proved too great, to the lasting sorrow of all concerned. Echoes of the affair lingered for many years, as this collection shows, though Eddy did not long survive the end of his hopes.

He lived long enough to contract a ‘suitable’ engagement to a childhood friend before dying of infl uenza in the winter of 1891-1892, and his reputation almost died with him. So little evidence was known until now of the man he was – the man Hélène and those close to him knew – that later generations created their own myth to fi ll the blank. But the newly-discovered material in this book includes the letters Eddy sent to Hélène, which open a unique window into the character of a muchmaligned prince, and suggest that his whole biography may need to be rewritten ...

ITEM #4140
PUBLISHED: 2013
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
96 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Ein Herzogtum und Viele Kronen
Coburg in Bayern und Europa
Exhibition Catalogue

A very large, heavy catalogue of the exhibition, 'A Duchy and Many Crowns, Coburg in Bavaria and Europe' held in 1997. Richly illustrated throughout with more than 350 photographs and illustrations. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN.

ITEM #7287
PUBLISHED: 1997
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
552 Pages, Illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 75.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Erin's Blood: The Gaelic Noble Dynasties of Ireland
by Peter Berresford Ellis

Is your family name O'Callahan? O'Carroll? O'Donoghue? O'Donovan? O'Long? MacGillycuddy? O'Brien? O'Grady? O'Connor? O'Kelly? MacDermot? O'Rourke? O'Neill? O'Dogherty? O'Donel? MacMorrow? Maguire? McCarthy? Is it any variation on these? If so, you are probably related to one of the great Gaelic noble dynasties of Ireland, dynastic clans that ruled that country until Henry VIII ended their reign and forced their obedience to the English crown. In another fascinating book from Peter Berresford Ellis, the history of Ireland is traced through the genealogy of its noble families from ancient times to the present day. While writing Erin's Blood Royal, Ellis had the cooperation of the heads of the nineteen dynasties, families that are given a "courtesy recognition" and play a highly influential role in Irish cultural life. This invitation to Ellis from the families, however, also has allowed him to look at the notorious flip side of the story - pretenders to Irish royal position. When this book was first published in the United Kindom, the scandalous "MacCarthy Mr Affair" erupted, exposing a false Irish royal in the process. Ellis chronicles the scandal and its aftermath, giving readers an interesting contemporary viewpoint on the importance of this royal rank and what some will do to achieve it. In Erin's Blood Royal, Peter Berresford Ellis charts the struggles an victories of one of the most ancient aristocracies in Europe, looks at their present day relevance and provides a fascinating guide for anyone interested in the history of Ireland, its ruling families and the lost world of Celtic royalty.

ITEM #7201
PUBLISHED: 1999
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
340 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 5.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FRANZ XAVER WINTERHALTER
& THE COURTS OF EUROPE 1830-70
by Richard Ormond & Carol Blackett-Ord

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) was the outstanding court portraitest of mid-nineteenth century Europe. For Queen Victoria alone he painted over 120 works, and he was also portrait painter to the French court, first to Louis-Philippe, and later to Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie. Over his long career Winterhalter painted a dazzlying array of the crowned heads of Europe, and the most beautiful women of the day, many of them dressed in the spectacular silk and tulle confections of the Parisian couturier, Worth.

This is the first comprehensive survey of Winterhalter's work, originally published for the major exhibition showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in 1987, and the Petit Palais, Paris, in 1988. The catalogue presents a fully documented account of Winterhalter's life and provides a timely reassessment of his contribution to portraiture. All the exhibited works are illustrated in colour.

Illustrated with 246 photographs including 91 in Colour

ITEM #7320
PUBLISHED: 1992
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT COPY!
303 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 125.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Frederick III
Germany's Liberal Emperor
by Patricia Kollander

Many German historians regard Emperor Frederick III (1831-1888) as a liberal sovereign who could have saved German history from its tragic course. Recent historians, however, have challenged the long-held view that liberalism's failure in 19th century Germany presaged Hitler's triumph, claiming that earlier scholars have overlooked liberalism's positive contributions to German history. This book reassesses Frederick III's contribution to the liberal movement. Using documents recently made available from the Hessische Hausstiftung, the author considers the question of whether Frederick abetted the liberal movement's successes or was part of its tragic history.

As crown prince, Frederick maintained ties with prominent liberals and rejected Otto von Bismarck's conservative domestic and foreign policies. His liberal impulses were strengthened by his marriage to the Queen of England's daughter, Princess Victoria. But when Frederick came to the throne in 1888, he died after only 99 days. Many historians consider his untimely death the swan song of German liberalism. Kollander finds that the documents show Frederick to be a constitutional liberal who fought to preserve the constitution-the basis of liberal political power-from subversion by the conservatives. However, he only condoned liberal reform on the basis of the constitutional status quo, rejecting his wife's wish to see British political institutions adopted in Germany. Although Frederick contributed to the survival of liberalism as a political force, the author concludes, the extent of his liberal views have been exaggerated by many historians.

ITEM #7234
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY
215 Pages,
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE GRAND DUKES OF OLDENBURG
by David McIntosh

A former German state largely situated in the northwest of the present-day Federal Republic, the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was for hundreds of years inextricably linked with the Grand Duchal House, which is first documented at the beginning of the 11th century. The history, genealogy and iconography of the Grand Duchy and its ruling family were connected to the dynasties of almost every country in Europe, including Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Prussia, Austria, Bavaria, Wurttemberg and Mecklenburg. David McIntosh presents a fascinating illustrated history of this ancient and illustrious family.

ITEM #4068
PUBLISHED: 2007
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
88 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE KAISER'S DAUGHTER
Memoirs of HRH Viktoria Luise, Princess of Prussia
by HRH Viktoria Luise, Princess of Prussia

Most of the books about World War I and II are written from the point of view of the victorious nation states. In her memoirs, HRH Viktoria Luise, Duchess of Brunswick and Luneburg, Princess of Prussia, allows the reader to see those events from a different perspective - namely that of a patriotic German. Although, at times she borders on becoming an apologist for the actions of her father the "infamous" Kaiser Wilhelm II; she also helps to dispel the one-sided portrayal, first propagated by Allied wartime propaganda, of the last German Emperor as a megalomaniac. This characterization of the man is still perpetuated by several western writers to this day. Her insight into the desire of many members of the formerly regnant princely families to restore some semblance of the stability that German society experienced under the monarchy lead them to support the Nazi movement was most interesting. Ironically, the results of their efforts were betrayal by Hitler and his henchmen, and the horrors suffered by Germany in the aftermath of the World War II. The sense of optimism that sustained HRH throughout her life is still with her toward the end as she looks to a brighter future and affirms her belief that a constitutional monarchy is still a viable form of government - even in the modern world.

ITEM #7165
PUBLISHED: 1977
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: USED LIBRARY COPY (with stamps and card pocket) in FAIR CONDITION
276 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


King of the Mountains
Ludwig II and the Bavarian Alps
by Marianne Menzel and Photos by Gregor Schmid

Gregor Schmid has succeeded in producing rare images which present the "royal Bavarian" landscape in a new, sensitive and accordingly beautiful light. Accompanied by contemporary texts from the 19th century, this volume of photographs is a veritable treasure chest for all admirers of the history and landscape of Bavaria.

ITEM #7321
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
122 Pages, Richly illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 35.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Marie 1865-1909: A French Princess in Denmark
by Inger-Lise Klausen and Ted Rosvall

An unusual Princess, Marie of Orléans married into the Danish Royal Family and became the sister-in-law of Europe. Her husband, Prince Valdemar, was the brother of Queen Alexandra of England, Empress Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar) of Russia, King Frederik VIII of Denmark, King Georg I of Greece and of Thyra, would-be Queen of Hanover. Unique pictures of an almost forgotten Princess and an interesting text, which involves a lot of Danish, European and Asian history. The short life of a gift, impulsive and independent Princess.

ITEM #7179
PUBLISHED:2012
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
144 Pages, 140 B&W Photos
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Potsdam
Palaces and Gardens of the Hohenzollern
by Gert Streidt and Klaus Frahm

A very large, heavy coffee table book that surveys the Romantic Classicist architecture, urbanism and garden landscaping of this royal seat of Brandenburg princes, Prussian Kings and German emperors. Includes Sansouci, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, and the Marble Palace, among others. Genealogical Table of the Prussian Royal House, Chronological Table, extensively illustrated with colour photographs. NOTE: Text is in English / German / French.

ITEM #7288
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
552 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English / German / French
PRICE: 125.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Princes Under the Volcano
by Raleigh Trevelyan

The 'Princes' of the title are Anglo-Saxon merchant princes in Sicily who arrived at the time of Nelson when it was virtually a British colony, and who rose to heights of luxury and esteem on a par with the Lampedusas (who also feature in the book). This incomparably beautiful island has its famous volcano, but was subject to eruptions from revolutions, earthquakes, cholera epidemics, bandits and the Mafia. Based on unpublished letters, diaries and papers, many of great historical interest, the story begins with the discovery of Marsala wine by Benjamin Ingham, an irascible tycoon from Leeds who wielded immense power and made huge profits out of interests in America (including land in Manhattan). The next stage moves on to the the period of the Belle Epoque when Palermo was at its most fashionable and ambitious hostess, Tina Whitaker, married to Ingham's great-nephew. She knew Wagner, Mussolini, the Kaiser and Edward VII, Empress Eugenie and Queen Mary. Attracted by homosexual company, she unwittingly found herself in a circle involved in the Irish Crown Jewels scandal.

ITEM #7293
PUBLISHED: 1973
Large Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY
531 pages. Illustrated
Language: English/German/French
PRICE: 30.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Royal Style
Five Centuries of Influence and Fashion
by Stephen Calloway and Stephen Jones

A sumptuously illustrated study of art collecting and conspicuous display in the royal houses of Europe. Contents cover 30 European sovereigns, including Catherine the Great, Napoleon I, Ludwig II, Nicholas II and Alexandra, Marie of Romania, Queen Mary, and 24 other kings and queens.

ITEM #7329
PUBLISHED: 1991
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent COPY
208 Pages, Richly illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Royal Web
The Story of Princess Victoria and Frederick of Prussia
by Ladislas Farago and Andrew Sinclair

Written in the tradition of Nicholas and Alexandra, is a tragic and compelling portrait of "Vicky" and "Fritz" that reveals for the first time the extraordinary impact their lives had on the formation of modern Europe.

ITEM #7258
PUBLISHED: 1982
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: USED, EXCELLENT COPY
350 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUDOLPH
Ein Leben im Schatten von Mayerling
Exhibition Catalogue

This is the catalogue from an exhibition based on the life of Crown Prince Rudolph that took place from March 1989 to March 1990 at the Hermesvilla in Vienna. The book contains numerous scholarly studies of various aspects of the Crown Prince's life and character, and richly illustrated throughout with photographs and rare illustrations in both colour and black and white. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN!

ITEM #7334
PUBLISHED: 1989
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY
401 Pages, Illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 35.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Sachsens letzter Konig
Friedrich August III
by Walter Fellman

Friedrich August III (1865-1932) was the last King of Saxony (1904–1918) and a member of the House of Wettin. Born in Dresden, Frederick Augustus was the first son of King George and his wife. Maria Anna of Portugal. Frederick Augustus served in the Royal Saxon Army before becoming king, and later was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. Though well-loved by his subjects, he voluntarily abdicated as king on 13 November 1918, after the defeat of the German Empire in World War I. He died in Sibyllenort (now Szczodre) in Lower Silesia and was buried in Dresden. NOTE: TEXT IS IN GERMAN.

ITEM #7266
PUBLISHED: 1992
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY
264 Pages, Illustrated
Language: German
PRICE: 15.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Soldier Kings
The House of Hohenzollern
by Walter Henry Nelson

This is an excellent one volume history of the House of Hohenzollern. It describes how a house of "Warrior Kings" in the 1700's degraded to a house of "want-to-be warriors" by the time of the First World War. Characterizes the Hohenzollerns as eccentric, autocratic, and ambitious, with the worst examples ranging from petty tyrants to weaklings and the best exhibiting brilliance, vision, and tolerance. It is well written and an enjoyable read - for a first class history of the House of Hohenzollern what more could you ask for.

ITEM #7231
PUBLISHED: 1970
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: DJ worn, VERY GOOD COPY
506 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 15.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


There Are Still Kings
The Ten Royal Families of Europe
by Laure Boulay and Francoise Jaudel

Based on intensive research, journalists Laure Boulay and Francoise Jaudel offer a highly entertaining, informative account of the past history and present lives of the reigning families of Great Britain, Monaco, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.

Factual, gossipy, anecdotal, and often irreverent, this book is an absorbing portrait of the real people behind the public image of glamour, opulence, and enormous wealth. From glittering, bejeweled ceremonials to cozy evenings at home, from holidays at country villas to hard work and official responsibilities, from illustrious ancestors to the children who will one day inherit the crowns, There Are Still Kings is an intimate, penetrating behind-the-palace-gates look at royalty in todays fast-changing world.

ITEM #7239
PUBLISHED: 1984
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT CONDITION!
277 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


British Commemoratives
Royalty, Politics, War and Sport
by Lincoln Hamilton

This book aims to provide a comprehensive study of British memorabilia covering 14 reigns, from Charles II to Queen Elizabeth II. "British Commemoratives" covers all aspects of the commemorative field, including royalty, politics, war and sport and the memorabilia includes, as well as commemorative pottery and porcelain, biscuit and chocolate tins, glass, newspapers and journals and even beer bottles. Colour illustrations and black and white photographs help the collector to identify the items described, some of which are extremely rare while others are popular souvenirs which can be found easily to start a collection. The final chapter contains helpful hints and advice for collectors of commemoratives.

***Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour and black & white photographs!

ITEM #7281
PUBLISHED: 1995
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
326 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Edward & Alexandra
Their Private & Public Lives
by Richard Hough

Hough, a British historian who has written previously about the Royals ( Born Royal: The Lives and Loves of the Young Windsors ), delivers an interesting dual biography of Queen Victoria's eldest son, Edward VII (1841-1910), and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925). Married to Edward when she was 19, "Alix" possessed an optimistic disposition which gave her the resilience to lead a happy domestic life with her six children despite a dictatorial mother-in-law and a philandering husband. In addition, in her late 20s rheumatic fever left her profoundly deaf. Edward, who was prevented by Queen Victoria from having any role in government, spent his life in pursuit of pleasure until he became king when he was 59. Although Hough does not contribute new insights into his subjects' private lives, his analysis of King Edward's political achievements is well-researched and informative.

ITEM #7341
PUBLISHED: 1992
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
369 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 20.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Letters of The Princess Charlotte
1811-1817
Edited by Professor Arthur Aspinall

Includes 40 full page illustrations, and fold out genealogical chart!

These letters of Princess Charlotte, only daughter of George IV, are of absorbing interest, despite the fact that so much has been written about her and her royal mother and father. So far, though, nothing that has been published could possibly reveal her character, her touching love affairs and her life, as does this frank correspondence, in the main part addressed to her great friend Miss Mercer Elphinstone.

Princess Charlotte of Wales (Charlotte Augusta; 7 January 1796 – 6 November 1817) was the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later to become King George IV) and Caroline of Brunswick. Had she outlived her father and her grandfather, King George III, she would have become Queen of the United Kingdom, but she died following childbirth at the age of 21.

Charlotte's parents disliked each other from before their pre-arranged marriage and soon separated. Prince George left most of Charlotte's care to governesses and servants, but only allowed her limited contact with Princess Caroline, who eventually left the country. As Charlotte grew to adulthood, her father pressured her to marry William, Hereditary Prince of Orange (later King of the Netherlands), but after initially accepting him, Charlotte soon broke off the match. This resulted in an extended contest of wills between her and her father, and finally the Prince of Wales permitted her to marry Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (later King of the Belgians). After a year and a half of happy marriage, Charlotte died after giving birth to a stillborn son.

Charlotte's death set off tremendous mourning among the British, who had seen her as a sign of hope and a contrast both to her unpopular father and to her grandfather, whom they deemed mad. As she had been King George III's only legitimate grandchild, there was considerable pressure on the King's unwed sons to marry. King George III's fourth son, Edward, Duke of Kent, fathered the eventual heir, Queen Victoria.

ITEM #7280
PUBLISHED: 1949 - First UK Edition
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: USED, but a VERY GOOD COPY
254 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Queen Mother
by Helene McGowan

A large over-sized book of photographs of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900-2002). Richly illustrated with nearly photographs in both colour and black and white.

ITEM #7016
PUBLISHED:1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY
112 Pages, 86 Colour and 69 B&W Photos
Language: English
PRICE: 10.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Royal Palaces
by Philip Howard

Over the centuries English Kings have built palaces for varying purposes and under vastly different conditions. Royal Palaces examines these palaces, past, present, and shows how they reveal a great deal about their occupants and about the societies over which the kings ruled. Chapters include: Tower of London, Palace of Westminster, Windsor Castle, Woodstock, Richmond and Greenwich, Whitehall, Hampton Court, St. James Palace, Holyroodhouse, Nonsuch, Kensington, Buckingham Palace, Brighton Pavilion, Osborne and Balmoral, and the New Palace.

ITEM #7315
PUBLISHED: 1970
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Former owners signature written on title page, otherwise an EXCELLENT COPY
276 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 15.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Royal Palaces
Buckingham Palace
A Royal Collection Book

A full-colour souvenir book on the residence of the British monarch. Written in co-operation with the Royal Collection, it describes how the Palace developed from its early days as the home of the Duke of Buckingham, to the garden residence of the Hanoverian kings, to its present position as the official home of the Queen and her family. The book describes in detail how the treasures in the palace were collected and acquired by the kings and queens over the century and gives background on the craftsmen and artists whose works and paintings adorn the palace. It tells the story of the architects and builders who have worked on the palace to make it what we see now, and the attempts by the monarchs to control the costs, and of the development of the gardens by a series of queens.

***Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photographs!

ITEM #7282
PUBLISHED: 1995
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
144 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Royal Residences of Great Britain
by Neville Williams

This well-illustrated book presents 25 palaces, castles and country houses in England and Scotland which have been the homes of British Kings and Queens. The book is based on much original research and takes advantage of the discovery of important documents. Within its pages buildings and even ruins come to life.

ITEM #7260
PUBLISHED: 1960 (First UK Edition)
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: USED, VERY GOOD COPY
282 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 20.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance



25 CHAPTERS OF MY LIFE:
The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandranova

The Grand Duchess Olga wrote her memoirs as a personal account of the final years of Imperial Russia. The youngest daughter of Alexander III and sister of Nicholas II, Olga was brought up in a happy and loving environment, where the wealth and majesty of the Russian court seemed forever assured. With an artist's eye for detail, she records her life against the background of the historical events, which shook the world.

Her marriage to Prince Peter of Oldenburg failed, and she saw at first hand the horror and suffering while nursing in a field hospital during The Great War. At the onset of the Revolution in 1917, Olga and her new husband Nicholas Kulikovsky moved first to The Crimea and in early 1919 to the Caucasus, which was under White Russian control. When the Red Army moved in, Nicholas and Olga, with their two children, managed to escape to Denmark, and her mother's home. After the end of WWII the family emigrated to Canada to avoid the dangers posed by Soviet occupation of Danish territory. They settled in Toronto and Olga died there in 1960, the last Grand Duchess of the Imperial family.

Grand Duchess Olga's account is all the more poignant for her matter-of-fact narrative, which fails to hide her deep humanity towards those less fortunate than herself. Containing many letters and pictures this is the first time her personal account has been fully published in English.

Illustrated with 6 Colour and 42 Black & White Photos

ITEM #7319
PUBLISHED: 2010
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
220 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ALIX and NICKY:
The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina
by Virginia Rounding

There are few characters in history about whom opinion has been more divided than the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his wife the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. On one hand, they are venerated as saints, innocent victims of Bolshevik assassins, and on the other they are impugned as the unwitting harbingers of revolution and imperial collapse, blamed for all the ills that befell the Russian people in the 20th century. Theirs was also a tragic love story; for whatever else can be said of them, there can be no doubt that Alix and Nicky adored one another. Soon after their engagement, Alix wrote in her fiancé’s diary: “Ever true and ever loving, faithful, pure and strong as death”—words which met their fulfillment twenty-four years later in a blood-spattered cellar in Ekaterinburg.

Through the letters and diaries written by the couple and by those around them, Virginia Rounding presents an intimate, penetrating, and fresh portrayal of these two complex figures and of their passion—their love and their suffering. She explores the nature and possible causes of the Empress’s ill health, and examines in depth the enigmatic triangular relationship between Nicky, Alix and their ‘favourite,’ Ania Vyrubova, protégée of the infamous Rasputin, extracting the meaning from words left unsaid, from hints and innuendoes.

The story of Alix and Nicky, of their four daughters known collectively as ‘OTMA’ and of their hemophiliac little boy Alexei, is endlessly fascinating, and Rounding makes these characters come alive, presenting them in all their human dimensions and expertly leading the reader into their vanished world.

ITEM #2277
PUBLISHED: 2012
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
400 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 35.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE BOLSHOI
Opera and Ballet at the Greatest Theater in Russia
by Boris A. Pokrovsky and Yuri N. Grigorovich

Includes 300 Colour Photographs!

Beautiful photography of around 300 pictures illustrates this book on the famous Bolshoi Theater in Russia. The idea was conceived in Russia for this book to mark the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Russia's greatest theater. It tells and illustrates the history of the theater including some of the mot famous operas and ballets.

ITEM #2290
PUBLISHED: 1979
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: USED COPY in VERY GOOD CONDITION
238 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress

Exhibition Catalogue

Includes 200 Colour and Black & White Photographs!

Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress, the exhibition, is being co-developed by the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and National Museums Scotland to mark the 250th anniversary of Catherine's ascension to the Russian throne. It will be on at the National Museum of Scotland - its only venue - from 13 July-21 October 2012.

It will showcase the truly spectacular collections of Catherine the Great, one of Russia's most successful rulers. Catherine (1729-96) was also one of the greatest art collectors of all time. The exhibition includes: portraits; costumes and uniforms; snuffboxes inlaid with precious gems, gold and silver; Ancient Greek and Roman carved cameos depicting figures from biblical stories, mythology and history; many of the finest examples of porcelain, glass, metal, and polished stone items ever made in Russia. This exhibition guide has eight illustrated essays by experts in the fields of Russian history and art, followed by a selected catalogue of over 200 objects.

ITEM #2290
PUBLISHED: 2012
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
224 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 35.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Chronicle of the Russian Tsars:
The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia
by David Warnes

The lives of tsars famous and infamous are covered in a lively series of biographical portraits stretching from the late fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Discover the facts behind the reputations of rulers such as Ivan the Terrible, whose reign of terror was unparalleled in Russian history until Stalin; Catherine the Great, the determined young German princess who usurped power; and the last tsar, Nicholas II, vainly endeavoring to cope in a period of devastating change. Here too are the less familiar but equally intriguing personalities who occupied Russia’s imperial throne: the pious but feeble Feodor I and the Empress Anna, with her taste for cruel practical jokes.

With its comprehensive timelines, data files, and quotations, the book is at once an absorbing narrative history and an essential work of reference that brings to life a powerful empire and distinctive civilization. 100 color, 129 b&w illustrations

ITEM #7333
PUBLISHED: 1999
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
224 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Countess in Limbo
Diaries in War and Revolution, Russia 1914-1920 - France 1939-1947
by Olga Hendrikoff

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.

ITEM #7256
PUBLISHED: 2012
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
460 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Diary of Emperor Nikolai II (1894-1918) Volume 1: 1894-1904 (Text in Russian)
Edited by Sergei V. Mironenko

This is the first volume of the first complete publication of the diaries of Emperor Nikolai II. The first volume covers the years 1894-1904, and includes more than a thousand people he was in direct communication with. Nikolai started to keep diaries at the age of thirteen; it was a cultural norm of the Russian Imperial family and members of the nobility at that time. Only fifty diaries of Emperor Nikolai II survived, from the years 1882-85 and 1887-June 1918. Nikolai showed his diaries to no one, but made an exemption for his bride and then wife Aleksandra Fedorovna. The first volume of this set of diaries preserves the original orthography and is provided with comments and translations where necessary.

The diary has been edited by Sergei Mironenko, author and historian, Director of the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow. NOTE: TEXT IS IN RUSSIAN!

ITEM #7187
PUBLISHED:2012
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
1,101 Pages, 48 Black & White Photos
Language: Russian
PRICE: 75.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DIARY OF OLGA ROMANOV
Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution
by Helen Azar

In August 1914, Russia entered the First World War, and with it, the Imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict from which they would not emerge. His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was 10 years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a Grand Duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917.

Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga's diaries during the wartime period have never been translated into English until this volume.

At the outset of the war, Olga and her sister, Tatiana, worked as nurses in a military hospital along with their mother, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga's younger sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited their own infirmaries to help raise the morale of the wounded and sick soldiers. The strain was indeed great as Olga records her impressions of tending to the officers who had been injured and maimed in the fighting on the Russian front. Concerns about her sickly brother, Aleksei abound, as well those for her father who is seen attempting to manage the ongoing war.

Gregori Rasputin appears in entries, too, in an affectionate manner as one would expect of a family friend. While the diaries reflect the interests of a young woman, her tone increases in seriousness as the Russian army suffers setbacks, Rasputin is ultimately murdered, and a popular movement against her family begins to grow.

At the point Olga ends her writing in 1917, the author continues the story by translating letters and impressions from family intimates, such as Anna Vyrubova, as well as the diary kept by Nicholas II himself. Finally, once the Imperial family has been put under house arrest by the revolutionaries, observations by Alexander Kerensky, head of the initial Provisional Government, are provided, these too in English translation for the first time. Olga would offer no further personal writings as she and the rest of her family were crowded into the basement of a house in the Urals and shot to death in July 1918.

The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution, translated and introduced by scientist and librarian Helen Azar, and supplemented with additional primary source material, is a remarkable document of a young woman who did not choose to be part of a royal family and never exploited her own position, but lost her life simply because of what her family represented.

ITEM #2300
PUBLISHED: 2013
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
180 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 30.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ELLA
Princess, Saint and Martyr
by Christopher Warwick

Considered to have been the most beautiful princess in Europe, capable of arousing 'profane passions', Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, or 'Ella' as she was known, was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the daughter of Princess Alice of Great Britain and Grand Duke Louis of Hesse. A privileged, happy Victorian childhood was touched by tragedy not only with the early deaths of her youngest brother and sister but also that of her young mother.

Close to Queen Victoria, Ella spent some of her happiest times in Britain. At 20, however, much against the wishes of her grandmother, who despised everything Russian, Ella became engaged to Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich, the authoritarian younger brother of Tsar Alexander III. It was at their wedding that her younger sister, Alix, formed a love match with the future Tsar Nicholas II; an event which not only sealed the fate of both sisters, but that of the Imperial House of Romanov. But for these two marriages, the history of Russia might have been very different. With the assassination of her husband, Ella renounced society and, against considerable opposition, founded the first religious Order of its kind in Russia, working for the poor and destitute of Moscow. Though loved for her charitable works and pionerering achievements, Ella, like Nicholas, Alexandra, and fourteen members of their family, met a brutal death at the hands of the Bolsheviks. At the height of the Russian Revolution, she was taken captive to Siberia where, having been clubbed with rifle butts, she was hurled alive into a disused mineshaft and left to die of her injuries. Later retrieved, her incorrupt body was eventually laid to rest on the Mount of Olives. She was subsequently canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church as the Holy Imperial Martyr Saint Elisabeth Romanova.

ITEM #2102
PUBLISHED: 2006
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
340 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Emperors on Holiday in Finland (Text in Russian)
by Jorma & Päivi Tuomi-Nikula

After becoming part of the Russian Empire in 1809, the Grand Duchy of Finland became one of the favourite summer vacation spots for the Russian Emperors Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II. Here they found rest and relaxation from the Russian capital. They and their families cruised the Finnish archipeligo in their yachts, taking time for picnics, fishing and other activities.

Alexander III who was a great lover of nature built his beloved Imperial lodge at Langinkoski.

Nicholas II shared many happy memories cruising amongst the Finnish islands with his family. In 1905, he wrote a letter to his mother stating that "in St. Petersburg I feel constant prey to terrorists, while in Finland I can truly relax". During his reign, Nicholas II spent over 300 days in Finland.

This book offers a very unique selection of more than 200 rare photographs from the Russian State archives and foreign sources. Much of this book and the photographs are devoted to Nicholas II and his family. NOTE: TEXT IS IN RUSSIAN!

ITEM #7188
PUBLISHED:2003
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
286 Pages, 205 Black & White Photos
Language: Russian
PRICE: 75.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA IN PHOTOGRAPHS (Text in Russian)
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This is the first album entirely devoted to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. It includes many previously unpublished photos from the personal albums of many of her contemporaries, including Anna Vyrubova, Pierre Gilliard and Sydney Gibbs, Sophia Karlovna Buxhoeveden, Colonel Alexander Nikolayevich Grabbe among others.

The book is designed like that of a family album, in which the photos depict the private world of the last Russian Empress. The photos are large (one per page) and show the Empress during happier times at home, on outings with her family and friends, tea parties, picnics, hunting, playing, traveling on the yacht Standart, etc. The photographs were taken at Livadia, the Finnish islands, the Alexander Palace, the Lower Dacha at Peterhof, and more. The photographs cover the period from 1906-1917, and many may be new to readers.

Published in 2009, the book is a large hard cover edition of superb quality. The 158 photographs are printed on fine quality glossy paper. There are only 2 pages of text, which is written in Russian.

NOTE: TEXT IS IN RUSSIAN!

ITEM #7189
PUBLISHED:2009
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
160 Pages, 158 Black & White Photos
Language: Russian
PRICE: 125.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Escape of Alexei:
Son of Tsar Nicholas II
by Vadim Petrov, Igor Lysenho and Georgy Egorov

The Russian Romanov dynasty came to an abrupt end on the night of July 17, 1918, when the imperial family was executed by the Bolsheviks. Or did it? Compelling new evidence reveals that Tsarevich Alexei, the fourteen year-old son of Nicholas II and heir to the Russian throne, may have escaped the bloodshed and been adopted by a local family in a nearby village.

Meticulously researched and documented, The Escape of Alexei details how Bolshevik soldiers bungled the execution, leading to confusion and chaos during the shooting. Young Alexei was merely wounded and unconscious when he was loaded onto the back of a truck with corpses of his murdered family and driven to the secret burial site. Falling out of the truck en route and left for dead, he was found by sympathetic soldiers who attended to the young hemophiliac's wounds and helped him escape, introducing him into a peasant family where he grew up under the name of Vasily Filatov.

The world of Russia's heir to the throne turned upside down. Vasily Filatov became an apprentice shoemaker, and eventually a high school geography and history teacher. He married, had children, and told his family the story of the Tsarevich's escape in the third person, as historical narrative. he never explained how, as a village teacher living under the oppressive silence and censorship of the Soviet Union, he was fluent in several foreign languages, had an in-depth knowledge of the private life of the Romanov family, and an uncanny grasp of the details surrounding the 1918 execution. With the advent of perestroika in the 1980's, the Soviet archives were finally opened to the public and, to his family's amazement, many of the incredible stories that Vasily Filatov had told his with and children were revealed to the world as historical fact.

In this startling volume, three well-respected scientists provide a convincing, thoroughly documented account of how such an extraordinary escape was possible, and how the executioners managed to cover up the fact that the body of the heir to the throne was missing. Drawing on official records and documents from Russian archive, the grisly personal accounts of soldiers who took part in the execution, and utilizing the latest scientific and forensic technology, the authors offer evidence that Alexei Romanov and Vasily Filatov were on and the same.

Filatov died in 1988. But his widow and children provide intimate reminiscences that bring this astonishing tale to life. And 101 black-and-white personal photographs reproduced throughout the text demonstrate the remarkable physical resemblances between members of the Romanov and Filatov families.

ITEM #7331
PUBLISHED: 1999
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
240 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Faberge's Eggs
One Man's Masterpieces and the End of an Empire
by Toby Faber

This is the story of Faberge's Imperial Easter eggs – of their maker, of the tsars who commissioned them, of the middlemen who sold them and of the collectors who fell in love with them. It's a story of meticulous craftsmanship and unimaginable wealth, of lucky escapes and mysterious disappearances, and ultimately of greed, tragedy and devotion.

Moreover, it is a story that mirrors the history of 20th-century Russia – a satisfying arc that sees eggs made for the tsars, sold by Stalin, bought by Americans and now, finally, returned to post-communist Russia. There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces. Of the 50 "Tsar Imperial" eggs known to have been made, eight are currently unaccounted for, providing endless scope for speculation and forgeries.

This is the first book to tell the complete history of the eggs, encompassing the love and opulence in which they were conceived, the war and revolution that scattered them, and the collectors who preserved them.

ITEM #2276
PUBLISHED: 2009
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
324 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 20.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Four Sisters
The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
by Helen Rappaport

Imported from UK!

On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was twenty-two, the youngest only seventeen. Together with their parents and their thirteen-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Much has been written about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their tragic fate, but little attention has been paid to the Romanov princesses, who - perhaps inevitably - have been seen as minor players in the drama. In Four Sisters, however, they are put centre stage offering readers the most authoritative account yet of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Drawing on their own letters and diaries and other hitherto unexamined primary sources, the author paints a vivid picture of their lives in the dying days of the Romanov dynasty.

We see their journey from a childhood of enormous privilege, throughout which they led a very sheltered and largely simple life, to young womanhood - their first romantic crushes, their hopes and dreams, the difficulty of coping with a mother who was a chronic invalid and a haemophiliac brother, and, latterly, the trauma of the revolution and its terrible consequences. Compellingly readable, meticulously researched and deeply moving, Four Sisters gives these young women a voice, and allows their story to resonate for readers almost a century after their death.

ITEM #1006
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW in EXCELLENT CONDITION
496 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GRAND DUKE SERGEI ALEXANDROVICH Diaries, Letters and Documents, 1884-1894 (Text in Russian)
Volume IV

This volume offers a unique mix of biographical materials (diaries and letters) about Grand Duke Sergei Aleksandrovich Romanov (1857-1905), a son of Aleksander II and a brother of Aleksander III. He married Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (nee Princess Elizabeth of Hesse) in 1884. He was assassinated in 1905, like his father by terrorists.

This is the fourth volume of documentary materials for the biography of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich (1857-1905). It covers the 10-year period of his life from 1884 to 1894. It begins with a joyous event - the marriage of the grand duke June 3, 1884 to the 19-year-old Princess Elizabeth of Hesse, and ends with one of the saddest events in his life - the death of his elder brother, Emperor Alexander III on October 20. It was Alexander III who appointed Sergei as governor general of Moscow in 1891.

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich is one of the most misunderstood and maligned of the Russian grand dukes. He had numerous responsibilities and achievements: founder and chairman of the Royal Palestine Society, the chairman of the several committees for arrangement of arts and sciences museums, societies, academies, etc. He and his wife were favourites of Emperor Alexander III.

This volume of memoirs include diaries and letters of the grand duke, as well as archival documents covering the years 1884-1894. Many of the materials in this volume are published for the first time from the archives in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Illustrated with many rare photographs of the grand duke and his family. Includes name index. Quality design. NOTE: TEXT IS IN RUSSIAN!

ITEM #7191
PUBLISHED:2011
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
672 Pages, 48 Colour and Sepia
Language: Russian
PRICE: 75.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Hvidøre: A Royal Retreat
by Coryne Hall and Senta Driver

Why did Queen Alexandra and her sister, the Dowager Empress, decide to buy a private villa in Denmark, and what were the circumstances that forced the exiled Empress to make it her new home? Coryne Hall tells the fascinating story of two famous sisters and their Royal Retreat. Magnificent original illustrations from a private collection. In 1906 Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and her sister, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia purchased Hvidøre, 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 Hvidøre 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 Hvidøre, not always happily, until the Empress's death in 1928.

Hvidøre: 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.

100 Black & White Photographs

ITEM #2283
PUBLISHED: 2012
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
96 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LAST DAYS OF THE ROMANOVS
Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
by Helen Rappaport

On July 4, 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg. His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room.

This is the story of those murders, which ended 300 years of Romanov rule and set their stamp on an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs counts down to the last , tense hours of the family's lives, stripping away the over-romanticised versions of previous accounts. The story focuses on the family inside the Ipatiev House, capturing the oppressive atmosphere and the dynamics of a group – the Romanovs, their servants and guards - thrown together by extraordinary events.

Marshalling overlooked evidence from key witnesses such as the British consul to Ekaterinburg Sir Thomas Preston, British and American travellers in Siberia and the now-forgotten American journalist Herman Bernstein, Helen Rappaport gives a brilliant account of the political forces swirling through the remote Urals town. She conveys the tension of the watching world: the Kaiser of Germany and George V, King of England – both, like Alexandra, grandchildren of Queen Victoria - their nations locked in combat as the first world war drew to its bitter end. And she draws on recent releases from the Russian archives to challenge the view that the deaths were a unilateral act by a maverick group of the Ekaterinburg Bolsheviks, identifying a chain of command that stretches directly, she believes, to Moscow - and to Lenin himself.

Telling the story in a compellingly new and dramatic way, Ekaterinburg brings those final tragic days vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil, on the brink of a devastating civil war.

ITEM #2152
PUBLISHED: 2010
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
288 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 15.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of the Last Tsar of Russia
by Rosemary and Donald Crawford

The unknown story of the last Tsar of Russia set against backdrop of wealth, love, sex, royalty, war, revolution and murder. The relationship and subsequent marriage of Michael and Natasha was one of Greatest scandals in Russian History. It lead to Michael's disgrace, humiliation and banishment. Michael and Natasha is the first full account of this magnificent love story. But it is also more than that : It charts the decline of the last age of elegance and provides a fascinating insight into the daysleading up to the Russian Revolution. This is an outstanding romance, a Royal scandal and a compelling historical drama with a supremely tragic ending.

ITEM #7076
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
448 Pages, 60 Black and White Photos
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Quest for Anastasia:
Solving the Mystery of the Lost Romanovs
by John Klier

The fate of Anastasia and that of the Russian Imperial family is still shrouded in mystery, even after the announcement in 1993 of the discovery of their remains in a pit near Ekaterinburg, Eastern Russia. The many reports out of Russia concur that two of the royal children were missing from the grave, but they do not agree on their identity. John Klier untangles the strands of the Romanov mysteries, separating unpalatable truths from tactical, political lies. Fluent in Russian and an expert in Russian history, he has travelled to Russia, the USA and Western Europe in search of the lost Romanovs. He has examined secret archives in Russia, he has had exclusive access to the late James Blair Lovell's private archive of Romanov materials from Washington DC, and he has taken first-hand testimony from scientists and historians in Russia.

ITEM #7332
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
246 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Romanov Legacy:
The Palaces of St. Petersburg
by Zoia Belyakova

Richly illustrated with nearly 200 colour photographs!

A luxurious coffee-table book revealing the splendid interiors of the palaces of the Romanovs in detail, a colorful volume documents the history of these unique buildings that have survived intact since before the Communist Revolution, displaying sumptuous fabrics, furniture, glassware, china, and marquetry. Includes nearly 200 colour photographs of the palaces and their exquisite interiors!

The palaces this book covers are:

* The Catherine Palace,

* The Chinese Palace (Oranienbaum),

* Gatchina Palace,

* The Tauride Palace,

* The Yelagin Island Palace,

* The Maryinsky Palace,

* Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich Palace (St. Petersburg),

* Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich Palace (St. Petersburg),

* The Shuvalov Palace

ITEM #2303
PUBLISHED: 1994
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
192 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 60.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ROMANOVS REVISITED: 1860-1960
by David William Cripps

Over 200 Black & White Photographs! A unique collection of Romanov pictures, focusing not only the family of Tsar Nicholas II, but also his parents, Tsar Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna as well as his brothers and sisters and their families. The grand dukes and grand duchesses from the other branches of the Russian Imperial family are also represented. This handsome volume features many never-before-seen pictures, some even saved from old and forgotten glass-plates.

Over 200 Black & White Photographs!

ITEM #2071
PUBLISHED: 2005
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
96 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ST. PETERSBURG
Architecture of the Tsars
Photography by Alex Orloff / Text by Dmitri Shvidkovsky

Richly illustrated with 350 colour photographs! Lavishly illustrated and elegantly written, this volume takes us on an architectural tour of one of the worlds most beautiful and enchanting cities.

Before becoming a city, St. Petersburg was a utopian vision in the mind of its founder, Peter the Great. Conceived by him as Russia's "window to the West," it evolved into a remarkably harmonious assemblage of baroque, rococo, neoclassical, and art nouveau buildings that reflect his taste and that of his successors, including Anna I, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and Paul I.

Crisscrossed by rivers and canals, this "Venice of the North," as Goethe dubbed it, is of unique beauty. Never before has that beauty been captured as eloquently as on the pages of this sumptuous volume. From the stately mansions lining the fabled Nevsky Prospekt to the magnificent palaces of the tsars on the outskirts of the city, including Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo, Oranienbaum, Gatchina, and Pavlovsk, photographer Alexander Orloff's portrait of St. Petersburg does full justice to the vision of its founder and namesake. The text, by art historian Dmitri Shvidkovsky, chronicles the history of the city's planning and construction from Peter the Great's time to the reign of the last tsar, Nicholas II. Anyone who has ever visited--or dreamed of visiting--the city of "white nights" will find St. Petersburg irresistible.

ITEM #2282
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
360 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 125.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


The Tragic Dynasty: A History of the Romanovs
by John Bergamini

The Romanov dynasty assumed control over Russia in 1613 and ruled uninterruptedly for the next three centuries. Never in history has one family wielded so much power. John Bergamini's classic work captures and conveys their ruthlessness and religiosity, their political acumen and wild extravagance. In so doing he offers profound character studies of some of history's most intriguing figures. Stirring, provocative and chastening, the history of the Romanov dynasty is in a very real sense the history of Russia itself.

ITEM #7077
PUBLISHED: 1999
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
512 Pages, 41 Black and White Photos
Language: English
PRICE: 15.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


War Diaries of Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich 1914-1917
IMPORTED FROM RUSSIA

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich - the younger brother of Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich - husband of the famous ballerina Mathilde Kshesinskaia. Diary of a recording made by the Grand Duke in the army in the North-Eastern Front (1914-1915), in Petrograd (1916-1917). Detailed description of the murder of Rasputin, as well as the process of abdication of Nicholas II. The text is published in the most complete version, preserved in GARF, accompanied by notes, detailed comments. The book contains pictures of the Romanov dynasty and the military high command of the Russian army, which narrates the author of the diary. Includes 55 illustrations. NOTE: TEXT IS IN RUSSIAN!

ITEM #7161
PUBLISHED: 2008
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
446 Pages, 55 Black & White Photos
Language: RUSSIAN
PRICE: 5.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance



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