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VENTE SOUVENIRS HISTORIQUES. ART RUSSE
19 & 20 Mai 2017
Pichon & Noudel-Deniau

French text. Richly Illustrated.

Richlly illustrated catalogue of two auctions, held on 19th and 20th May 2017 in Cannes, France, offering yet another magnificent selection of European royal treasures, and Russian works of art with an Imperial Provenance.

The first auction, held on 19th May includes items from the Marquis Collection of Giuseppe de Morpurgo (1816-1898), a wealthy banker and politician from Trieste, he was a member of the Imperial Council of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the second half of the 19th century. The collection includes items of the Bourbon-Orléans-Napoleon families, the French nobility, and other royal families.

Of particular note are items of the Austrian Imperial family, the Habsburgs. Among these are personal items of Empress Elizabeth "Sisi", porcelain items from the service of Archduchess Stephanie, photographs, and more.

The second auction, held on 20th May included items of the Russian Imperial Family. Of particular note are Fabergé items, a collection of 27 colour lithographs of the Coronation of Emperor Alexander III in 1883, as well as works of art, militaria, icons, photographs, and more.

Illustrated with more than 500 colour photos!

ITEM #0186
PUBLISHED: 2017
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
144 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: 35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ELISABETH
Bilder ihres Lebens
by Johannes Thiele

Imported from Austria. German text. Richly Illustrated.

Johannes Thiele has compiled this wonderful pictorial about Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898), in which one gets to know the other side of this fascinating woman. Many portraits and photos alternate with landscapes and impressions of the time around 1837-1898. In addition, the reader finds many previously unknown photos and pictures of the Empress. A true treasure chest for "Sissi" fans!

Includes more than 370 colour / black & white photographs.

ITEM #0197
PUBLISHED: 2001
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
208 Pages
Language: German
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ELISABETH
Prinzessin in Bayern, Kaiserin von Österreich, Königin von Ungarn
by Gerda Mraz & Ulla Fischer-Westhauser

Imported from Austria. German text. Richly Illustrated.

A richly illustrated pictorial on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898). This volume presents a rich collection of photographs of Sissi from archival sources and private family collections.

Includes more than black & white / sepia colour photographs.

ITEM #0201
PUBLISHED: 1998
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
160 Pages
Language: German
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


AUF DEN SPUREN VON SISSI
Erinnerungen zum 100. Todestag
by Jean des Cars

Imported from Austria. German text. Richly Illustrated.

*GERMAN EDITION*

This book is reminiscent of the famous Empress and Queen, whose death shocked the entire world more than 100 years ago. Thanks to the support of the descendants of the Empress as well as some museums and institutions, this book offers exceptional information and impressive images.

Both the heirs of Sissi, as well as private individuals and authorities, reveal previously inaccessible treasures and secrets.

Unique representations of the Palaces in Vienna and Budapest, pictures from photo albums as well as excerpts from personal diaries give the reader a unique insight into the life of Elizabeth of Austria.

Includes 230 colour / black & white photographs.

ITEM #0200
PUBLISHED: 1989
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
128 Pages
Language: German
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SUR LES PAS DE SISSI
by Jean des Cars

Imported from France. French text. Richly Illustrated.

*FRENCH EDITION*

This book is reminiscent of the famous Empress and Queen, whose death shocked the entire world more than 100 years ago. Thanks to the support of the descendants of the Empress as well as some museums and institutions, this book offers exceptional information and impressive images.

Both the heirs of Sissi, as well as private individuals and authorities, reveal previously inaccessible treasures and secrets.

Unique representations of the Palaces in Vienna and Budapest, pictures from photo albums as well as excerpts from personal diaries give the reader a unique insight into the life of Elizabeth of Austria.

Includes 230 colour / black & white photographs.

ITEM #0198
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
128 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


VIENNA, VIENNA
The Golden Age 1815-1914
by William M. Johnston

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This richly illustrated book falls into three parts. Each is introduced by a portion of texts, and followed by an "album" of photographs or prints accompanied by captions. These parts are the Biedemeier (1815-1848); the Ringstrasse Years (1848-1890); and, most interestingly of all, The Years of Paradox (1890-1914). There is also a detailed set of biographies and an annotated chronology at the back that supplement the text.

This is cultural criticism of a high order, and though the text itself represents only a small portion of the volume, it is to be highly recommended and, along with the photos and captions which are themselves often insightful and original, is well worth the 'price of admission'.

Includes more than 400 colour / black & white photographs.

ITEM #0199
PUBLISHED: 1980
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
332 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

Text is in English / German / French. Richly Illustrated.

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.

Illustrated with nearly 300 colour photos!

ITEM #E001
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
552 Pages
Language: English / German / French
PRICE: 95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE GRAND DUKES OF OLDENBURG
by David McIntosh

English text. Richly Illustrated.

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.

Illustrated with 187 Black and white photos!

ITEM #E002
PUBLISHED: 2007
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
88 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

English text. Richly Illustrated.

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.

Illustrated with 140 Black and white photos!

ITEM #E003
PUBLISHED:2012
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
144 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ROMANOVS
Autocrats of All the Russias
by W. Bruce Lincoln

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

For three centuries--beginning with the accession of Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov in 1613--the Romanov Dynasty ruled Russia. Its reign ended with the execution of Nicholas II and Alexandra in the early 20th century. Noted Russian scholar W. Bruce Lincoln has brilliantly portrayed the achievement, significance and high drama of the Dynasty as no previous book has done. His use of rare archival materials has allowed him to present a portrait of the Romanovs based on their own writings and those of the men and women who knew them. A massive tome - more than 800 pages!

Includes 47 Black & White photos.

ITEM #0206
PUBLISHED: 1981
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent condition!
852 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SONG WITHOUT WORDS
The Photographs and Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy
by Leah Bendavid-Val

English text. Richly Illustrated.

Through never-before-seen photographs and intriguing personal diaries, this beautiful book provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of Countess Sophia Tolstoy and her husband, Leo Tolstoy—one of the greatest authors of all time—set against the grand and terrifying backdrop of aristocratic Russia on the brink of its demise.

Between 1885 and 1910, Countess Tolstoy made more than a thousand photographs representing her entire world—from artists to aristocrats to peasants to family, from the Crimea to Moscow to the family estate 100 kilometers to the south. She also kept detailed diaries, which sweep us into fashionable balls and local gossip...magical scenes of winter in Russia...and devastating famine in the countryside.

Includes more than 180 Sepia-coloured photos.

ITEM #0214
PUBLISHED: 2007
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
240 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MEMOIRS OF A RUSSIAN LADY
Drawings and Tales of Life Before the Revolution
by Mariamna Davydoff

English text. Richly Illustrated.

The work's subtitle describes it well. Dax, the editor, has prepared for publication the manuscripts of a distant relative, Davydoff. This Russian aristocratic lady spent her life up to the Revolution in the Ukraine on the large estates of the gentry. Privately educated and trained in watercoloring, she wrote and painted for her heirs from memory after fleeing the Revolution. As published, the stories and drawings are wonderfully matched, sharing a simplicity and wistfulness for a lost society, while vividly portraying a sense of life and leisure. The watercolors combine detail with whimsy. A lovely addition to subject collections and for those interested in the cultural and social life of the era.

Includes 82 illustrations in full colour + Davydoff family tree.

ITEM #0213
PUBLISHED: 1986
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
159 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


PAUL THE FIRST OF RUSSIA
The Son of Catherine the Great
by K. Waliszewski

English text.

Published in 1913, this is a very rare copy of Kazimierz Waliszewski's (1849-1935) classic study of one of Russia's most misunderstood and maligned monarchs.

Includes frontispiece.

ITEM #0212
PUBLISHED: 1913
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Wear on cover, contents in good condition
496 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE
Jeweler to Royalty
Exhibition Catalogue

English text. Illustrated.

The exhibition from the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other British Lenders, held at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, April 15-July 10, 1983.

This exhibition made possible by loans from Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal family and from Great Britain's other private and public collections provides the opportunity for an American audience to view these treasures of Faberge and marks of Faberge's workmasters.

Includes 56 colour / black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0204
PUBLISHED: 1983
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: Minor crease on lower right cover, contents in very good condition
112 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SELLING RUSSIA'S TREASURES
The Soviet Trade in Nationalized Art, 1917-1938
by Nicholas V. Iljine & Natalya Semyonova

English text. Richly Illustrated.

Selling Russia's Treasures documents one of the great cultural dramas of the twentieth century: the sale, by a cash-hungry Soviet government, of the artistic treasures accumulated by the Russian aristocracy over the centuries and nationalized after the October 1917 revolution. An astonishing variety of objects, from icons and illuminated manuscripts to Fabergé eggs and Old Master paintings, entered the collections of wealthy Westerners like Andrew Mellon and Armand Hammer in the 1920s and 30s.

Written by the leading experts in the field and long regarded as the definitive book on the subject, the original Russian edition of Selling Russia's Treasures is sought after scholars and laymen alike. Now, for the first time, it is made available in English, in a revised and expanded edition that includes a new chapter on the secret files of the Hermitage, previously considered lost, as well as new research on the sale of religious art, and of twentieth-century French masterworks from the Museum of New Western Art.

Numerous colour plates reunite long-dispersed works in a virtual museum that illustrates the powerful blow inflicted on Russia's cultural heritage by these secretive sales, and rare photographs and archival documents help bring this buried history to light.

Includes 383 illustrations, 110 in full colour.

ITEM #0192
PUBLISHED: 2013
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor tear on dust jacket, otherwise an EXCELLENT copy!
362 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE GREAT PETERHOF PALACE
by E. Kalnitskaya

Imported from Russia. English text. Richly Illustrated.

A richly illustrated guide to the Great Palace at Peterhof, with brief descriptions of the magnificent interiors, all painstakingly restored since the Second World War, including the Church Pavilion and the Special Treasury in the Coat-of-Arms Pavilion.

Includes 80 beautiful colour photographs of the interiors.

ITEM #0196
PUBLISHED: 2014
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
34 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


церковь святых апостлов петра и павла
CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL - PETERHOF
by N.B. Bulanaya

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Richly Illustrated.

A richly illustrated guide to the Church Pavilion of the Great Palace at Peterhof. Includes beautiful colour photographs of the interiors, details of the frescoes and icons.

It was in this church that the children of Emperor Nicholas II were baptized, including the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich in 1904.

Includes 62 beautiful colour and black and white photographs.

ITEM #0194
PUBLISHED: 2011
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
48 Pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CHAQUE MATIN EST UNE GRACE
by Leonida, Grande-duchesse de Russie

French text. Illustrated.

The memoirs of Grand Duchess Leonida of Russia, wife of the Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich and mother of the current Head of the Russian Imperial House Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, discusses her childhood, marriage, life in exile, meetings with other members of the royal family, and her hopes in the rebirth of Russia.

Includes 52 black and white photos from the private collection of the Grand Duchess Leonida.

ITEM #0187
PUBLISHED: 2000
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
279 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


царское село - резиденция российских монархов
Tsarskoye Selo - Residence of the Russian Monarchs
Imported from Russia

Russian text. Illustrated.

This book tells about the history on the formation of Tsarskoye Selo, a summary of the Russian monarchs during the creation and development of the Imperial residence, a description of the architectural features of the park facilities and buildings in the city.

Includes 147 beautiful black and white photos and illustrations + maps.

ITEM #0188
PUBLISHED: 1998
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
342 Pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RASPUTIN
Rascal Master
by Jane Oakley

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

The first fully illustrated biography of one of history's most notorious characters, set amidst an unequaled and dramatic time - the beginning of communism, and the end of the Russian royal family.

Not only does the factual, biographical content of the book make fascinating reading but the true story of this extraordinary man's life is more dramatic than fiction could ever be. The background of one of the world's most exciting periods of history is told by the author with a unique and exciting flavor, making today's political and world scene pale against the powerful Russian contemporary story in the late 19th and early 20th century.

An extraordinary story, more powerful and dramatic than any fiction could ever be.

Includes 150 colour and black and white photos.

ITEM #0190
PUBLISHED: 1989
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
208 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THIRTEEN YEARS AT THE RUSSIAN COURT
by Pierre Gilliard

English text. Illustrated.

Reprint of the original edition published in 1921

Pierre Gilliard (1879–1962) was a Swiss academic and author, best known as the French language tutor to the five children of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia from 1905 to 1918. In 1921, after the Russian Revolution of 1917, he published these memoirs, about his time with the Imperial family.

Illustrated with 56 black and white photos.

ITEM #0177
PUBLISHED: 1990s
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT Condition!
304 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RASPUTIN
The Holy Devil
by Rene Fulop-Miller

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

This study of the "starets" Rasputin is both cinematic and visceral. Fulop-Miller published this book in 1928 while there were still many living witnesses to refute the misinformation that was disseminated by the Bolsheviks. He researched diaries, publications and police reports as well.

It was Rasputin who denounced Russian involvement in the fatal World War, about which he had projected great suffering upon the land. That foreboding we know became horrifyingly true.

Illustrated with 10 black and white photos.

ITEM #0181
PUBLISHED: 1928
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on cover, otherwise a good solid copy!
386 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LAST DAYS AT TSARSKOE SELO
by Count Paul Benckendorff

English text.

Reprint of the original edition published in 1927

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.

The appendix presents Benckendorff's personal memories on what occurred after the departure of the Imperial family from Tsarskoe Selo on 1st of August 1917.

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.

ITEM #0173
PUBLISHED: 1990s
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT Condition!
166 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MY EMPRESS
by Marfa Mouchanow

English text. Illustrated.

Reprint of the original edition published in 1918

Twenty-three years of intimate life with the Empress of All the Russias from her marriage to the day of her exile, by the first lady-in-waiting to Her Majesty the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna.

Illustrated with 16 black and white photos.

ITEM #0174
PUBLISHED: 1990s
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT Condition!
256 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SAVING THE TSAR'S PALACES
by Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova

English text. Illustrated.

Millions of people annually visit the great country palaces built by the tsars in a circle round St. Petersburg. Created by artists from all over Europe, with untold serf labour at their disposal, the palaces were intended to impress and they do. Today, in the corner of most rooms, a single black and white photograph shows the same room in 1944, amid the smouldering wreckage found by Russian soldiers returning after the three-year siege of Leningrad. Forced to abandon the palaces, the Nazis vented their anger on the treasures they occupied.

The story behind these photographs is in many ways more impressive even than the rooms themselves. It is the story of a relatively small band of talented Russians who were determined not to allow their country’s heritage to be swept away by all the horrors of the twentieth century. The palaces today are truly the work of Russians but restorers have to be self-effacing. There have been books about what they did but not about them. In Saving The Tsars’ Palaces, Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova vividly recount the remarkable story of those who battled to save the palaces, not just during and after the war, but during the Revolution and the harsh times that followed.

Illustrated with 9 Colour and 42 Black & White Photos

ITEM #0010
PUBLISHED: 2005
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
178 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LAST YEARS OF THE COURT AT TSARSKOE SELO
2 VOLUME SET
by General Alexandre Spiridovitch

2 Volume Set. English text. Illustrated.

General Alexandre Spiridovitch (1873-1952) served as personal security chief for the Emperor Nicholas II and his family from 1906-1916. He was also responsible for the security of the Imperial residences. Spiridovitch was a pillar of honesty and trust, articulate, and intelligent, loyal to his God, the Tsar and Mother Russia. He was truly a gentleman beyond reproach.

Like a richly painted canvas, Spiridovitch’s memoirs offer the reader a glimpse into the private world of the last tsar of Russia and his family. His personal eye witness accounts reveal details about their day-to-day lives, the Imperial residences, as well as interesting assessments of the men and women at the Russian Court, including the grand dukes and grand duchesses, as well as ministers and other officials.

Volume I cover the years 1906-1910, with 409 pg., and 59 photos.

Volume II cover the years 1910-1914, with 442 pg., and 65 photos.

Originally published in 1928, this is the first English edition, translated from French by Katherine Alexandra Hines.

ITEM #0161
PUBLISHED: 2010-Vol. I & 2017-Vol. II
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
409-Vol. I & 442-Vol. II Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $60.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE HERMITAGE
The Biography of a Great Museum
by Geraldine Norman

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated

Possibly the greatest museum in the world, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, began as a showcase for the legendary art treasures of the czars. This exciting history tells how imperial romance and marriage, murder, war, revolution, and international politics shaped the fabled collection over the centuries, until it filled the Winter Palace and three riverside pavilions with priceless art from antiquity to the modern day.

Includes 64 photographs - 26 in colour!

ITEM #0131
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
386 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


IMPERIAL PALACES OF RUSSIA
Photographs by Francessco Venturi
by Prince Michael of Greece

English text. Illustrated with nearly 200 Colour photos

Russia's imperial palaces are magnificent edifices. The pictures in this book show a wide range of palaces, some well-known, some virtually unknown in Western Europe. Twenty five imperial palaces, some of them photographed for the first time for Western audiences. They range in scale from St. Petersburg's Winter Palace to smaller jewels like the Anichkov and Yelagin palaces.

Illustrated with nearly 200 Colour photos by photographer by Francessco Venturi, plus watercolours of palace interiors by Premazzi, and Hau.

ITEM #0127
PUBLISHED: 1992
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent condition!
216 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE MURDER OF RASPUTIN
Prelude to the Revolution
by Ronald C. Moe

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated

This is the story of the dissolution of the mighty empire of the Russian Tsars and of the man, Grigory Rasputin, whose murder sealed its fate. The reader will be fascinated with all the amazing elements in this saga of political dissolution; occultism, police conspiracies, high-stakes diplomacy, duels, romance, court intrigue, war, and ultimately murder and national tragedy. And it is all true and documented. This is not a novel. The murder of Rasputin and the dissolution of the Romanov monarchy were events of extraordinary significance during the early Twentieth Century with consequences continuing to the present day nearly a century later. The author, Ronald C. Moe, describes Russia under Nicholas II (1894-1917) with its fascination for mysticism, commitment to the fine arts, especially ballet, rapid industrial growth, and the political struggles and progress toward achieving a working constitutional monarchy. All this was placed at risk by Russia's involvement in World War I and especially by the presence of a staretz ("holy man") near the throne bringing it into disrepute. When all the efforts to remove Rasputin from the Imperial presence failed, the rich, handsome, Prince Felix Yusupov, married to the Tsar's niece, determined to organize a conspiracy to murder Rasputin. While the tale of Rasputin's murder has been told many times in books and movies, much of what is written and screened is the stuff of half-truths and legends. The reader will be introduced here to the true story of what happened that dark night in December 1916; who was involved in the conspiracy, the role of British agents that night, who fired the fatal shots, why the main conspirators kept the secrets of what actually happened until their deaths, and why the murder was much more important to world history than generally believed. The reader is invited to join the author in reliving one of the crucial events in world history.

ITEM #0136
PUBLISHED: 2011
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
716 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $40.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FROM SPLENDOUR TO REVOUTION
The Romanov Women, 1847-1928
by Julia P. Gelardi

English text. Illustrated with 36 Black & White photos

This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land, and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women.

The early 1850s until the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia. During that time the country underwent a massive transformation, taking it from days of grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union.

At the center of all this tumult were four women of the Romanov dynasty. Marie Alexandrovna and Olga Constantinovna were born into the family, Russian Grand Duchesses at birth. Marie Feodorovna and Marie Pavlovna married into the dynasty, the former born a Princess of Denmark, the latter a Duchess of the German duchy of Mecklendburg-Schwerin.

In From Splendor to Revolution, we watch these pampered aristocratic women fight for their lives as the cataclysm of war engulfs them. In a matter of a few short years, they fell from the pinnacle of wealth and power to the depths of danger, poverty, and exile. It is an unforgettable epic story.

ITEM #0121
PUBLISHED: 2011
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Inscribed by author on inside front page, otherwise in excellent condition!
482 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ALEXEI
Russia’s Last Imperial Heir: A Chronicle of Tragedy
by Margarita Nelipa

First comprehensive biography in English about Emperor Nikolai II’s only son,
and Russia’s last imperial heir

From the first day of his birth to his last hour, Alexei’s medical crises weave throughout the book. The inherited ailment affected his behaviour and influenced the education he received. Using medical data, Nelipa exposes the truth about Rasputin’s telegrams that purportedly alleviated Alexei’s near fatal condition in Spala in 1912. Despite his hemophilia, Nelipa discovered that Alexei, like all Romanov males, did have a planned military career and yet the malady swayed Nikolai II to also abdicate on his son’s behalf.

During his lifetime, Alexei participated in several momentous national events, including the centenary of the Battle at Borodino in 1912 and the Romanov Tercentenary in 1913. Accompanying his father, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Alexei witnessed several theaters of war during 1915-16. Though he, like his sisters did not witness the revolutionary conflict on the streets of Petrograd or Tsarskoe Selo, he did suffer the consequences of his father’s downfall – firstly as a prisoner of the Provisional Government and after that, by the Leninist Regime. Supported by documentary evidence, Nelipa explains why the Provisional Government forced the imperial family into exile. Nowhere else can one read the full harrowing account of the imperial family’s life in Siberia that began with their detention in Tobolsk. It is impossible not to develop compassion for Alexei, who towards the end of his short life, unable to walk, died in a cellar because of who he was. The story of the family’s exile reveals a close loving family who focused on Alexei’s well-being despite the hardships imposed on all of them by the revolutionary forces.

Nelipa once again relies on Russian primary sources which include diaries, letters, wartime and official government and military documents as well as memoirs and newspapers of the day besides Alexei’s own set of letters and diary all translated by the author. Extensive annotations, several appendices and illustrations add strength to this work. A year-by-year portrait study also offers a fresh dimension to this biography of Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich – Russia’s last imperial heir.

Richly illustrated with 95 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0147
PUBLISHED: 2015
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
462 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE HERMITAGE TREASURE GALLERY
The Collections of the Russian Emperors and Empresses
by Yelizaveta Trubkina

Imported from Russia. English text. Illustrated

The story of the Treasure Gallery—the Hermitage’s magnificent and unique collection of examples of the jeweller’s art—is inseparably bound up with the history of the rule of the Romanov dynasty (1613-1917). The personal collections of Peter I, Anna Ioannovna and Elizabeth became the foundation for the jewellery collection of Catherine the Great. In 1764 the Empress gave orders for the organization of the Diamond Chambers within her apartments for the storage of those precious objects. Many items from this collection have been witnesses not only to notable historical events and political upheavals, but also to important moments in the private lives of members of Russia’s ruling house.

The fall of the Romanov dynasty did not mean an end to the history of the Hermitage’s collection of treasures. Throughout the twentieth century it continued to be augmented with incomparable acquisitions. The late twentieth century was marked by various gifts to the Hermitage, while in the past decades with the support of generous patrons the Treasure Gallery has been enriched with works of art and jewellery obtained through the Hermitage’s Expert Purchasing Commission.

Richly illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs, this album features a Foreword by Mikhail Piotrovsky, an introduction on the history of the collection, and precious objects from the collections of the following emperors and empresses of Russia: Peter the Great, Peter II, Anna Ioannovna, Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II.

Richly illustrated with 300 photographs!

ITEM #0068
PUBLISHED: 2013
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
160 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $40.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GRAND DUCHESS MARIA PAVLOVNA
by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova

Imported from Russia. English text. Illustrated.

This is the first English-language study of the life of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (1854-1920). It was published in 2014 to coincide with the 160th anniversary of her birth. She was born Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, she married Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909) in 1874. Known as "Miechen" or "Maria Pavlovna the Elder", she was the mother of Grand Dukes Kirill, Boris and Andrei Vladimirovich and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna.

Russian historians and Romanov experts Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova, have participated in conferences both in Russia and abroad; delivered lectures and written articles on a regular basis on the Romanov dynasty, including nearly 30 articles devoted to the life of Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna.

The authors utilized considerable numbers of archival documents that they collected during many years researching in various archives, both in Russia and abroad for their latest book, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, which includes 20 chapters and more than 300 photographs from archives and private collections—including many previously unseen photographs. The sister-authors’ detailed knowledge of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna further enriches this very unique book.

Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova are the co-authors of Russia and Europe – Dynastic Ties (2012), and Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Favorite Residences in Russia and Denmark (2006).

Includes 20 Chapters and 325 Black & White Illustrations!

ITEM #0149
PUBLISHED: 2014
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
168 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ALEXANDER PALACE
Pages from the History
by Larissa Bardovskaya

First English-language book on the Alexander Palace. Richly illustrated!

This small, but richly illustrated book offers a history of the Alexander Palace and it’s August residents, from Emperor Alexander I to the last residents, Emperor Nicholas II and his family.

The text explores the history of the palace and it’s residents, particularly that of Nicholas II and his family; the post revolutionary period, the Soviet years, post WW2 period, restorations to the present day.

This book is richly illustrated throughout with photographs and illustrations. These include images of the palace and it’s interiors (historic and contemporary), as well as the members of the Russian Imperial family who resided at the Alexander Palace from the beginning of the 18th to early 20th century.

Imported from Russia, this is the first English-language book on the Alexander Palace to be published. The text is written by Larissa Bardovskaya, Chief Curator of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve since 1984. She is the author of numerous books on the Romanovs and their palaces at Tsarskoye Selo.

Richly illustrated with 60 photographs - mostly colour!

ITEM #0148
PUBLISHED: 2008
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
34 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GRAND DUCHESS ELIZABETH OF RUSSIA
New Martyr of the Communist Yoke
by Lubov Millar

New Expanded Edition. English text. Hard cover. Richly Illustrated.

"No woman has been more noble, none has left so strong an imprint of her personality on the blood-soaked pages of Russian history" - Grand Duke Alexander Michailovich

The strikingly beautiful granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Grand Duchess Elizabeth married Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich, governor of Moscow and uncle to Tsar Nicholas II. Her life in Imperial Russia began in a whirlwind of dazzling social engagements, a world soon eclipsed by war, the assassination of her husband and the gathering storm of revolution.

Consciously adopting the Orthodox Faith, she thoroughly dedicated herself to fulfilling the Great Commandment of Love nursing the sick, rescuing children from Moscow's slums, establishing the Martha-Mary Convent of Mercy—and thereby attained sanctity even before receiving a martyr's crown.

Originally published in 1990, Lubov Millar's biography, the most extensive to date, brings together a wealth of source materials, including never before published letters by the Grand Duchess and more than 100 pages of photographs, to illumine the life of this extraordinary spiritual heroine and the turbulent times in which she lived.

Richly illustrated with 180 Black and white photographs!

ITEM #0146
PUBLISHED: 2009
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
388 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance