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HVMC ART RUSSE
19 July 2017
Russian Works of Art

French text. Richly Illustrated.

267 items of Imperial Russian provenance: including, icons, historic souvenirs, portraits, Faberge, photographs, silverware, jewellery, cigarette cases, porcelain, paintings, and more.

Illustrated with more than 300 colour photos!

ITEM #0251
PUBLISHED: 2017
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
112 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CHRISTIE'S GENEVA
15, 16 May 1984
Russian Works of Art & Faberge

English text. Richly Illustrated.

Features 780 items (with descriptions) of fine Russian works of art, including Faberge, objects of vertu and gold boxes, miniatures, clocks and watches.

Illustrated with 158 colour / black & white photos!

ITEM #0221
PUBLISHED: 1984
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent!
208 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIES
31 Mai 2017
Furniture and Works of Art

French text. Richly Illustrated.

From the old collection of Baron François de X, and various other collections.

Illustrated with more than 300 colour photos!

ITEM #0215
PUBLISHED: 2017
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
176 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


PAVLOVSK:
THE PALACE, THE COLLECTIONS
by Emmanuel Ducamp

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This hefty boxed set (weight 5 lbs!), focuses entirely on the art and architecture of Pavlovsk, the 18th-century palace near St. Petersburg built for the Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich and his wife, Maria Feodorovna.

The first volume provides a brief history of the palace and its inhabitants. The bulk is taken up by fine photographs illustrating Pavlovsk's buildings and the beautiful park surrounding them along the Slavianka River.

The second volume focuses on the palace's magnificent collections, including elaborate Empire and Rococo style furniture and artwork

Nearly 500 pages, includes 100s of colour illustrations. This 2-volume set comes in a handsome, protective slipcase.

ITEM #0250
PUBLISHED: 1993
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor scuff mark on bottom of slipcase, books are in MINT CONDITION!
Vol. 1 - 254 / Vol. 2 - 223 Pages = 477 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $250.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE MOSCOW KREMLIN
IN WATERCOLOURS
by Evgenia Kirichenko

English text. Richly Illustrated.

You don't have to be a head of state anymore to see some of the most lavish private apartments in the palaces of the Kremlin. Now, armchair travelers can visit the exotic, splendid rooms -- many of which have never been altered, as well as the churches and other historic buildings of the Moscow Kremlin as they looked during tsarist times.

This lavish coffee table book features 19th-century paintings that the French publisher Alain de Gourcuff, assembled from the archives of the Moscow Kremlin Museum. The book is enclosed in a handsome protective slipcase cover.

Includes more than 80 colour illustrations.

ITEM #0110
PUBLISHED: 1994
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT CONDITION!
153 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SEEING RUSSIA
by Edward Manual Newman

1st US Edition. English text.

Russia in the 1920s, as seen through the eyes of Edward Manual Newman.

"I did not go to Russia to solve any problems, nor did I go to commend or condemn what the Soviet Government has done. I went to study and observe the human side of conditions under Soviet rule.

Having been there in Czarist days, I was able to contrast living conditions of the earlier time with those of to-day. Naturally, the political changes have brought about conditions that are a paradox. These I have endeavoured to bring back in picture and story.

In presenting the first uncensored photographs of Russia as I found it, I have tried to maintain a neutral attitude, preferring to present the facts and thus permitting readers to form their own opinions and make their own deductions.

With such conflicting reports as have come out of Soviet Russia in recent years, it was essential that I should not permit myself to be swayed by those who accept or decline to accept Soviet doctrines; and with this constantly in mind, I took my photographs and made my observations without regard to the favour or disfavour of the present regime.

There is no attempt in this volume, to gloss over or to exaggerate conditions. It was my desire to have my camera at hand at all times to provide unimpeachable evidence of what I saw, thus making comment from me merely an explanation of what the eye of the camera reveals," - from the author's introduction.

Includes over 300 black & white illustrations from original photographs

ITEM #0226
PUBLISHED: 1928
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on cover, otherwise an excellent copy!
396 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE TSARS
1533-1917
by Ronald Hingley

1st US Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated!

This is a history not of Russia but of the men and women who ruled that ever-medieval country from the accession of Ivan IV ("the Terrible") through the deaths of Nicholas II and his family at the hands of the Bolsheviks. No general review of this kind has been produced -- in any language -- before this was first published in 1968, and the author does a very competent job of explaining the complex and ruthless personalities and often puzzling actions of the autocrats who created the largest, yet one of the poorest countries in the world. The tsars and empresses tended to be excessively active or passive; Ivan IV went everywhere and did everything while his son Theodore was entirely lacking in initiative. Again, Peter I ("the Great") was extraordinarily creative while Nicholas I devoted his considerable energies and enterprise to crushing the enterprise of others. The idiosyncracies and scandals (a word which derives from the Russian: "skandaly")were also writ large, rivaling the fictional families of Dostoevsky. Hingley manages to maintain a proper balance between anecdote and solid historical writing. The result is highly informative and very entertaining.

Dr Ronald Hingley (1920-2010) was an English scholar, translator and historian of Russia, specializing in Russian history and literature.

Illustrated with 162 colour / black & white photos.

ITEM #0220
PUBLISHED: 1968
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Inscribed by author on inside front page, otherwise an excellent copy!
320 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ROMANOV SISTERS
The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Helen Rappaport

English text.

They were the Princess Dianas of their day―perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses―Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov―were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.

Advance reading Copy.

ITEM #0219
PUBLISHED: 2014
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
464 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Высочайшего двора служители
SERVANTS OF THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL COURT
Exhibition Catalogue

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Illustrated.

This beautifully illustrated catalogue is devoted to the exhibition Imperial Court Servants: Late 19th - Early 20th Century Livery Costume in the Hermitage Collection, which took place at the State Hermitage Museum earlier this year. For the first time, this unique exhibition provided a rare close-up look at about 250 uniforms from the State Hermitage collections, plus unique documents and photographs from the Russian State Historical Archive and the Central State Archive of Film in St. Petersburg. The exhibition catalogue offers more than 500 photographs and illustrations, including beautiful colour photos of liveried costumes, plus vintage black and white photos of servants at the Russian Imperial Court from the late 19th - early 20th centuries. The publication also includes a biography of the court attendants, plus descriptions of the liveried costumes and a brief glossary of textile and costume terms. The exhibition catalogue offers a rare opportunity to see livery costumes as very important historical evidence from the reigns of the last two Russian Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. Text is in Russian, and includes a 2-page English summary.

Lavishly illustrated catalogue with more than 500 photos.

ITEM #0085
PUBLISHED: 2014
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
416 Pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $150.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SAINT PETER AND PAUL CATHEDRAL
and the Grand Ducal Burial Chapel
State Museum of the History of St Petersburg

Imported from Russia. English text. Illustrated.

A richly illustrated guide to both the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Burial Chapel. Text includes chapters on the history of the buildings, religious service and clergy, Russian royal family necropolis, historical burials at the cathedral and grand ducal burial chapel. The latter includes details of each member of the Romanov dynasty buried here, in both the cathedral and burial chapel.

Includes 227 colour / black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0019
PUBLISHED: 2006
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
160 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RASPUTIN FILE
by Edvard Radzinsky

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.

For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history.

Includes 32 black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0008
PUBLISHED: 2000
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Very good!
524 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DANCING IN PETERSBURG
The Memoirs of Kschessinka
by HSH Princess Romanovsky-Krassinsky

English text. Illustrated.

There have been wonderful books about dancing, and superbly evocative ones about old Russia: but here the two themes are fascinatingly wedded. For these are the memoirs of the prima ballerina assoluta of the imperial Russian ballet, Mathilde Kschessinska (the Princess Romanovsky-Krassinsky), with whom, at her first appearance, the Tsarevitch Nicholas fell in love. As a dancer she had few rivals: apart from her marvellous technique she had a star personality, and was adored by the public. At the height of her fame she appeared in London with Diaghilev's company and danced with Nijinsky: she preferred, however, to dance in Russia, and for twenty years she was the adored darling of the great world of Petersburg. After the Revolution, when she was living as an emigre in the South of France, Diaghilev begged her to dance for him in his new Paris season, but to no avail. Kschessinska's memoirs fall roughly into three parts: the glittering fairy-story of her life as prima ballerina in Russia; her flight during the Revolution; and the era in which she established herself as a teacher of the highest rank. It is an extraordinary self-revelation of a great dancer and an utterly human person.

Includes 76 black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0208
PUBLISHED: 1961
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
272 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SUNLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT
St Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
by W. Bruce Lincoln

English text. Illustrated.

This book not only digs into the details of both the building of the city and the monarchs who ordered its construction and various transformations, but it discusses the architects who designed it and what shaped their visions. More than that, Lincoln tells the story of the intellectual and artistic culture that flourished there over the centuries of the Romanov rule and afterwards and of the masses of poor working people who made the city operate. A large section of the book deals with the Communist Revolution, why it was successfully launched in St. Petersburg, how the city became the laboratory for the Communist economic and social experiment, and how it so miserable failed the population that had so fervently embraced it. There is a significant section devoted to WWII and the ghastly siege of what was then Leningrad and its aftermath. Sunlight at Midnight is a scholarly work but worth every minute it takes to read!
ITEM #0210
PUBLISHED: 2000
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
419 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LAST DAYS OF THE ROMANOVS
How Tsar Nicholas II and Russia's Imperial Family Were Murdered
by Robert Wilton

English text. Illustrated.

This is a reprint of the original edition published in 1920, with new material.

A compilation and translation of the evidence obtained in an investigation of the murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family by N. A. Sokoloff of the Kolchak government, supplemented by the personal narrative of Robert Wilton.

Robert Wilton (1868–1925) was a British journalist. He was appointed as The Times correspondent in St Petersburg, and became known as a keen observer of events in Russia during the last years of the Tsarist regime. After the Revolution, he moved to Siberia. Following the collapse of the Kolchak government, Wilton managed to escape from Russia.

Includes 20 black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0202
PUBLISHED: 1993
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent condition!
194 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIA'S RULERS UNDER THE OLD REGIME
by Dominic Lieven

English text. Illustrated.

Who were the members of the Russian ruling elite during the reign of the last Tsar before the Revolution? How did high-level politics operate in Imperial Russia's last years? In this highly original book, Dominic Lieven probes deeply into the lives of the 215 men appointed by Nicholas II to the State Council, which contained all important members of the Russian governmental system of that era.

Basing his research on previously untouched Soviet archival sources, Dominic Lieven describes the social, ethnic, educational, and career backgrounds of these men, and he explores how their mentalities were shaped, what their political views were, and how their attitudes and opinions were influenced by their differing backgrounds and careers. Lieven looks not only forward to the causes of the collapse of the old regime but, in his introductory chapter, backward as well, tracing the history of the Russian ruling elite from its earliest origins and making comparisons with the ruling elite of other societies. His conclusions about the resilience of the old aristocratic Russian families and the operation of their self-protective, career-advancing network are striking and original.

Lieven's book serves many purposes. It tells us a great deal about the balance of power between the bureaucrats and their monarchs, it brings to life the members of the last ruling elite, and it reveals interesting information about the role and personality of the Emperor Nicholas II. By making regular comparisons with aristocratic elites elsewhere, it sets the Russian experience in a broader European context. And by looking at Russia's problems through the eyes of its ruling aristocracy, it enables us to understand a good deal that is otherwise incomprehensible about the coming of the Russian Revolution.

Includes 36 black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0203
PUBLISHED: 1990
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
406 Pages
Language: English & Russian
PRICE: $30.00 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


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


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


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 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


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


WITHIN ROYAL PALACES
by The Marquise de Fontenoy

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This is a very rare copy of a very old book (published in 1893), who according to the author presents "a brilliant and charmingly written inner life view of Emperors, Kings, Queens, and Princesses".

The author writes about their daily lives, how they "woo and wed", their characteristics, virtues and vices, their pleasures in the use of their untold wealth, matchless luxuries, superb equipages, priceless jewels, closet skeletons, grand balls, banquets, royal hunting, sports, intrigues, marital relations, and more!

The author writes comprehensive studies of the Royal Families of Great Britain, Italy, Roumania, Denmark, Montenegro, Monaco, Russia, Saxony, Portugal, Germany, Bavaria, Holland, Sweden and Norway, Wurtemberg, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, and Serbia.

Illustrated with more than 100 Black and white illustrations!

ITEM #0249
PUBLISHED: 1893
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Wear on cover and corners, otherwise a good copy for such an old book!
626 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GOLDEN FLEECE
The Story of Franz Joseph and Elizabeth of Austria
by Bertita Harding

1 st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

*SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR*

This is an excellent biography of the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I and his wife, the legendary Empress Elisabeth.

Golden Fleece chronicles their complex and ultimately tragic story. Franz Josef adored his wife, but she was too restless and self-absorbed to remain happy with him in Vienna.

This is a thoughtful, well-written book. Harding sympathizes with her subjects but also is not afraid to reveal their faults. Franz Josef could be aloof and lacking in empathy; Elisabeth was neurotic and self-absorbed, but had the ability to charm everyone around her, except for her mother in law. The mother in law meddled constantly in their relationship and even took the Empress's children from her to raise herself.

The lavish, insular world of Vienna in the 19th century is vividly drawn, and the characters are sketched with sympathy. Well worth reading for anyone interested in Habsburg royalty or this particular time period in European history.

Bertita Harding (1902–1971) was a royal biographer with an easy and sometimes humorous style that made her a popular author.

SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Illustrated with 31 Black and white photos!

ITEM #0247
PUBLISHED: 1937
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on front of dust jacket, otherwise a very good copy
370 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE SUN KING
by Nancy Mitford

English text. Richly Illustrated.

During his reign Louis XIV was the most powerful king in Europe. He presided over a golden age of military and artistic achievement in France, and deployed his charm and talents for spin and intrigue to hold his court and country within his absolute control. The Sun King's universe centred on Versailles, a glittering palace from where Louis conducted his government and complex love affairs. Nancy Mitford describes the daily life of this splendid court in sumptuous detail, recreating the past in vivid colour.

Illustrated with nearly 200 colour / black & white photos!

ITEM #0244
PUBLISHED: 1966
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on dust jacket, otherwise a very good copy!
255 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DUTCH HOUSES AND CASTLES
by Jorge Guillermo

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This richly illustrated book introduces the reader to the glories of Dutch domestic architecture, one of the world's important cultural legacies influencing not only Europe and the Americas, but extending to Dutch colonies throughout the rest of the world.

The houses selected, both private and public, include a wide range of styles and historical periods and both the history and architecture of each building is discussed. The book is divided by geographical location and includes 36 houses and castles from every part of The Netherlands.

The photographs, all commissioned especially for this publication, feature exterior and interior views with numerous architectural and decorative details, many seen here for the first time.

Illustrated with 180 colour photos!

ITEM #0243
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT COPY in MINT CONDITION!
208 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


EIN HERZOGTUM UND VIELE KRONEN
Coburg in Bayern und Europa
Exhibition Catalogue

Imported from Germany. German text. Richly Illustrated.

A very large, heavy catalogue of the Coburgs in Bavaria and Europe exhibition held at Veste Coburg and Schloss Callenberg, from 3 June to 28 September 1997.

Includes 400 colour / black & white photographs.

ITEM #0217
PUBLISHED: 1997
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
552 Pages
Language: German
PRICE: $50.00 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


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: 75.00 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


THERE ARE STILL KINGS
The Ten Royal Families of Europe
by Laure Boulay and Francoise Jaudel

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

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.

Includes 57 black & white photographs.

ITEM #0238
PUBLISHED: 1984
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent!
277 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RELUCTANT KING
The Life and Reign of George VI 1895-1952
by Sarah Bradford

English text. Illustrated.

King George VI's "great wartime partnership" with Churchill, who ironically was very much his second choice for prime minister, helped sustain England through its darkest hour. An insecure man who approached his kingship with dread, he was forced as a child to become right-handed (he was born a leftie) and to wear wood splints on his legs to correct knock-knee. In this absorbing biography, Bradford reveals the private side of a shy, beleaguered king who is often dismissed as a good but unremarkable man. She discloses his youthful affair with Phyllis Monkman, describes his historic visit to FDR in 1939, and provides a detailed account of his acrimonious running feud with his older brother, King Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor), who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, whom George saw as a social predator. This exhaustively researched biography also gives a thorough account of Anglo-American cooperation to suppress damaging evidence of Edward VIII's prewar pro-Nazi leanings.

Illustrated with 51 black & white photos.

ITEM #0234
PUBLISHED: 1989
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
506 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ROYAL WEDDINGS
by Dulcie M. Ashdown

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated.

A history of royal weddings, from the Middle Ages to Mountbatten-Windsor. Includes royal genealogy.

Illustrated with 36 black & white photos.

ITEM #0235
PUBLISHED: 1981
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
208 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ROYAL PALACES. BUCKINGHAM PALACE
A Short History
by John Martin Robinson

A Royal Collection Book. English text.

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.

This book includes photographs of the interiors and furnishings, as well as beautiful watercolours of the historic interiors by Louis Haghe, Charles Wild, Douglas Morison, and James Roberts.

Includes 115 colour photographs

ITEM #0242
PUBLISHED: 1995
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
144 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ROYAL RESIDENCES OF GREAT BRITAIN
by Neville Williams

1st UK Edition. English text.

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.

Includes 41 black & white photographs

ITEM #0240
PUBLISHED: 1960
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: A very good copy!
282 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


BRITISH COMMEMORATIVES
Royalty, Politics, War and Sport
by Lincoln Hallinan

English text. Richly Illustrated.

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 with more than 70 colour / black & white photos.

ITEM #0216
PUBLISHED: 1995
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
326 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance