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ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA
Empress of Russia
by A. Th. von Grimm

2 Volume set. English text. Illustrated.

This handsome 2-volume set was published in 1870, and in near mint condition. The volumes are dedicated to the memory of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna - born Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1798–1860) - wife of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855).

Both volumes portray the life of St Petersburg, the Court, and, more especially, that of the Imperial family. The second volume is almost exclusively written from the author's own personal observation and impressions as an eye-witness.

The chief aim of the book is to show that, after the accession of Nicholas I, the womanly charms of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna cast, for thirty years, over the domestic life of the Winter Palace, a dignity and a halo such as never previously existed in the Russian Court. She was the soul of the Imperial House and society, and her example, though quiet and almost imperceptible, yet powerfully influenced the tone and ennobled the spirit of society in the capital.

The dedication reads:

Dedicated to His Majesty the Emperor
Alexander Second Nikolaewitsch
with the
Most Profound Respect and Heartfelt Gratitude

Includes 2 black & white frontispieces, gilded leather binding

ITEM #0319
PUBLISHED: 1870
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Signature on inside page, otherwise an excellent set in near-mint condition!
Vol. I (325 pg) & Vol. II (424 pg) = 749 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $200.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MEMORIES OF FORTY YEARS
by Princess Catherine Radziwill

English text. Illustrated.

Very rare first edition, published in 1915.

Princess Catherine Radziwlll (1858-1941) was a Polish princess from the Polish-Lithuanian aristocratic Radziwill family. She was born as Countess Ekaterina Adamovna Rzewuska. She married Prince Wilhelm Radziwill at age 15 and moved to Berlin to live with his family. She was a prominent figure at the Imperial courts in Germany and Russia, later writing numerous books on both. It was speculated that she was the author of a book gossiping about the German Emperor William II and Berlin society in 1884 under the pen name Paul Vasili.

In this volume, Radziwill shares her memories of England, Germany, and Russia. She provides interesting observations on Emperor Wilhelm I and the Court in Berlin, the German Imperial family, the Radziwill family; as well as Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna and the Court in St Petersburg, the Imperial family, and the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II in 1896.

Includes 11 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0322
PUBLISHED: 1915
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Cover, spine worn by age, otherwise a good, solid copy!
357 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ALEXANDER III
His Life and Reign
by Margarita Nelipa

English text. Illustrated.

The first English language biography on Alexander III in more than a century, this book is the only publication to explore Alexander’s childhood, his life as a Grand Duke and then as the Tsesarevich (Heir) as well as his reign as Emperor of Russia following his father, Alexander II’s assassination in 1881. His reign, as Nelipa points out, was marked by peace on the international scene but Alexander’s domestic policy involved several repressive measures as well as social advances in the fields of education and justice. The book also explores a more personal side of Alexander III, as a devoted and loving husband to his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, and father to their six children. The only other biography in English appeared almost 120 years ago and has the shortcoming of being published before Alexander III’s death. The book is a comprehensive biography of Alexander as both man and monarch.

Throughout this work we come to appreciate Nelipa’s medical science and legal training because she provides remarkable details about the court process that Alexander III had sought against his father’s assassins and likewise she offers details about the legal case that followed the Borki train accident, which in the author’s opinion led to Alexander III’s terminal illness. Using excerpts sourced from medical notes that were left by a number of Alexander III’s physicians we closely follow the sovereign’s final days of life. The autopsy report that was sourced from a file held in the Russian Archives reveals new light on Alexander III’s cause of death.

Adding to the unique quality of this book, the author relies on Russian primary sources which include diaries, letters, courtroom documents as well as memoirs and newspapers of the day all translated by the author and which have never been previously brought together. Extensive annotations, some 350 references in all, several appendices and more than 200 photographs and illustrations all add rigor to this work. Her research offers a whole new look at one of Russia's most obscure rulers.

Includes 230 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0330
PUBLISHED: 2014
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
594 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


NICHOLAS I
Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias
by W. Bruce Lincoln

English text.

This is a superb, well researched, highly organized, and very readable biography of an important Russian emperor. The author provides an indepth description and intelligent analysis of Nicholas' personality and character, the emperor's orientation to autocratic rule, Russian political, economic, social, and cultural history during his reign, and the importance of the political, economic, and social influences of Western European nations on Russia. Lincoln goes much beyond just presenting a chronology of events, by explaining why historical events happened as they did. The final epilogue nicely places the reign of Nicholas in the broader context of Russian history that preceded his reign and the events that would unfold subsequent to his time.

ITEM #0323
PUBLISHED: 1978
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
424 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TSAR NICHOLAS I
The Life of an Absolute Monarch
by Constantin de Grunwald

English text. Illustrated.

A full-scale biography of Nicholas I- the first prepared in any language- places him as the last pure autocrat in Russian if not modern European history, ruling without political or philosophic ideals, reliant solely upon his profound sense of destiny and personal dynamism.

Nicholas ascended the throne during the uprising of 1825, and by fearlessly walking among and shouting down the aroused masses, and capping his determination with cannon fire, set the pattern for his reign. Democratic in his efforts to emancipate the serfs, Nicholas acted as always from motives of maintaining absolute rule, and in the same spirit waged war and set up despotic censorship. The intensity of the Tsar's family feelings were a measure of his egocentricity; and his egocentricity spread to all his acts; his efforts as an architect, his supervision of fire-fighting, his decision that an eloping youth had committed ""theft and burglary"", his boundless Joy and utter anguish as the tide of battle rose and fell against him.

The biography carries conviction and is especially impressive in its grasp of the ambiguities and contradictions within Nicholas' personality. It also has a definite bearing upon the evolution of contemporary Russia.

Includes black and white frontispiece!

ITEM #0328
PUBLISHED: 1954
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor scuffs and wear on dust jacket, otherwise a very good copy!
294 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


NOBILITY AND PRIVILEGE IN LATE IMPERIAL RUSSIA
by Seymour Becker

English text.

The transformation of the Russian nobility between 1861 and 1914 has often been attributed to the anachronistic attitudes of its members and their failure to adapt to social change. Becker challenges this idea of "the decline of the nobility." He argues that the privileged estate responded positively to change and greatly influenced their nation's political and economic destiny.

ITEM #0324
PUBLISHED: 1985
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
259 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CZARS AND CZARINAS OF RUSSIA
by Tamara Talbot Rice

English text. Illustrated.

Portraits of Russian rulers chronicle the history of that country from Czar Ivan III and the expulsion of the Mongols to Czar Nicholas II and the beginning of the Soviet regime.

Includes 13 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0325
PUBLISHED: 1968
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
320 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ROMANOVS
Three Centuries of an Ill-Fated Dynasty
by E.M. Almedingen

English text.

A history of the Romanovs, by the child of a Russian aristocratic emigre Martha Edith Almedingen (1898-1971).

Almedingen's biographies of individual Romanovs, published in the 1960s, established her as an authority on the subject. She now chronicles the entire dynasty - from the election of Mikhail Romanov in 1613 to the deposition of Nicholas II in 1917 - in a single volume.

It is a colourful, compelling and frequently violent story of eighteen men and women who the sovereign title, and of a remarkable woman, Tsarevna Sophia, the half-sister of Peter the Great, who acted as regent during his long minority.

ITEM #0329
PUBLISHED: 1966
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Small tear (taped) on dust jacket, otherwise a very good copy!
333 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE MEMOIRS OF BARON WRANGEL 1847-1920
From Serfdom to Bolshevism
Translated by Brian and Beatrix Lunn

English text.

Baron Wrangel's memoirs disclose changing conditions of life in Russia from 1847 to 1920. He describes his own life from his childhood on his father's estate through the fall of the monarchy and the coming of the Bolshevik reign of terror.

Nikolai Egorovich Wrangel (1847-1923), was a prominent Russian businessman, father of the white general Peter Wrangel (1878-1928) and art critic Nikolai Wrangel (1880-1915).

ITEM #0320
PUBLISHED: 1927
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Fading and wear on spine, and cover, otherwise a very good copy!
324 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE TRAGIC ROMANCE OF EMPEROR ALEXANDER II OF RUSSIA
by Maurice Paleologue

English text. Illustrated.

On 18 July 1880, less than a month after Empress Maria Alexandrovna's death, Alexander II formed a morganatic marriage with his mistress Princess Catherine Dolgorukov, with whom he already had four children.This is their story.

Maurice Paleologue (1859-1944) was a French diplomat, historian, and essayist, who served as the last French ambassador to the Russian Court (1914-1917). He played a major role in the French entry into the First World War, when he was the French ambassador to Russia and supported the Russian mobilization against Germany that led to world war.

Includes 9 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0321
PUBLISHED: 1927
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Fading and wear on spine, and cover, otherwise a very good copy!
216 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
A Cultural Guide
by Constantine Logachev

Imported from Russia. English text. Illustrated.

A history of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg, including the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Grand Ducal Burial Vault, the Mint, the Trubetskoy Prison, and more. Includes 85 colour / black and white photographs!

ITEM #0327
PUBLISHED: 1989
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
143 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $10.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
A History and Chronology
by Rev. Father Alexey Young

English text.

This is the first comprehensive history in English of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The author has translated major documents to church history, references to secondary sources, and more.

ITEM #0326
PUBLISHED: 1993
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: A very good copy!
136 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $10.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Дворцы Кремля
PALACES OF THE KREMLIN
by С.В. Devyatov and E.V. Zhuravleva

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Richly Illustrated.

A magnificent album dedicated to the architectural pearls of Russia - the palaces of the Moscow Kremlin.

The album features a detailed history of the Kremlin as the main Moscow residence first of the Moscow princes, later - the Grand Dukes, the Russian Tsars and Emperors. In this album, you will find a detailed description of the construction of the palaces of the Moscow Kremlin from the XII century to the 20th century, when the main palace became the residence of the President of the Russian Federation, and last restoration works, notably the great halls of the Grand Kremlin Palace.

This album is lavishly illustrated throughout with more than 500 colour photographs which present not only the architecture, but also the interior decoration of the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Terem Palace, and the Senate building. But, the highlight of the album is the detailed photographs of the palace interiors, including those which are closed to visitors. Many of the photographs of the Faceted and Golden Tsaritsyn Chambers, the halls - St. George's, Vladimirsky, Ekaterininsky, Andreevsky, Alexandrovsky, Nicholas I's office, etc, are published for the first time.

Richly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, with sturdy protective slipcase!

ITEM #0298
PUBLISHED: 2001
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
432 pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $250.00 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


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


ПОСОЛЬСКИЕ ДАРЫ. СОКРОВИЩА ОРУЖЕЙНОЙ ПАЛАТЫ
TREASURES OF THE ARMOURY
Ambassadorial Gifts
by Zoya Kodrikova

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Richly Illustrated.

The richly illustrated book is dedicated to the world's largest collection of diplomatic gifts sent to Russian sovereigns from England, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Iran, China, Poland, France and Sweden. The publication contains valuable material on decorative and applied art of the 16th and 17th centuries, and on the history of diplomatic relations between Russia and foreign countries.

This handsome volume features costly objects of consummate artistry and workmanship: gold and silverware, jewels, textiles, and more.

Includes 7-page article 'Ambassadorial Gifts. Collection of the Armoury Museum in the Moscow Kremlin,' in English by Zoya Kodrikova.

Includes 225 colour photographs!

ITEM #0295
PUBLISHED: 1996
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
272 pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ST PETERSBURG
A Bird's Eye View
by Alla Belyakova and Yuri Denisov

Imported from Russia. English text. Richly Illustrated.

Here for the first time ever, the techniques of aerial photography pay tribute to the achievements of St Petersburg in the 18th and 19th centuries compiled in one volume. View the palaces, churches, and other historic buildings of the former Imperial capital from the air.

This richly illustrated book also encompasses the great palaces and parks of Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Tsarskoye Selo, Oranienbaum, among others - which encircle the city in a beautiful necklace, a ring of marble and gold leaf, woodland, lakes, and parterres.

Includes 100 colour photographs!

ITEM #0293
PUBLISHED: 1993
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
128 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIA
In Original Photographs 1860-1920
by Marvin Lyons

1st UK Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated.

Note: this is exactly the same book as the book featured below, only with a different dust jacket!

An album of photographs covering the period from 1860, when photography was still a novelty, to 1920, including photographs from the Revolution and ensuring civil war.

Marvin Lyons offers a 'window into Imperial Russia,' with this unique collection. The photographs in the book are, for their owners, were perhaps the last tangible memories of their homes, family and friends; while for the ordinary reader, they are the mute evidence of a forgotten past.

The collection includes photographs illustrating the immense variety of peoples and types that the emprie contained, showing St Petersburg as a city designed to display an Emperor in the most respendent fashtion, and revealing Moscow as a city with an unshakable hold on the minds of the Russian people.

There are photographs of nobles, of peasants, and the Russian landscape; pictures of the Imperial Army and its campaigns. The story is brought to a close with photographs taken during the Revolution and the civil war which marked the end of Imperial Russia.

The book faithfully reflects some of the many facets of the unique society of Imperial Russia under its last Tsars, and as such constitutes a volume of immense historical interest.

Includes more than 200 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0297
PUBLISHED: 1977
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
212 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $60.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIAN PICTURES
by Thomas Mitchell

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This is a very old book - published in 1889, with embossed covers. The author presents three maps and one hundred and twenty-four illustrations, drawn with pen and pencil. The reader reads about late 19th century through the drawings and extensive text of an Englishman.

Includes 124 black and white drawings!

ITEM #0290
PUBLISHED: 1889
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Spine starting to tear on one corner, but contents are still in very good condition!
223 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GREAT TREASURES OF THE KREMLIN
by David Douglas Duncan

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This is a very large volume measuring 15" x 12" in size, with text and photographs by the author David Douglas Duncan. Includes a comprehensive research supplement with additional historical and technical data to augment the more romantic lore of the Kremlin treasures.

Guarded within the Moscow Kremlin - glitters a treasury of thrones, crowns, armour, jewels, palaces, and cathedrals - ordered by grand princes, tsars and emperors - who ruled 800 years.

Includes more than 90 colour photographs!

BONUS! - I have included a colour reproduction of a pre-Revolutionary map of Tsarskoye Selo with this book - 13" x 11" in size, and suitable for framing!

ITEM #0302
PUBLISHED: 1979
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
139 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
by B. Karpov and I. Ulyanova

Imported from Russia. English text. Richly Illustrated.

This unique volume is the result of a joint Soviet-Finnish publishing venture in 1990. It was the first English language book published in Russia marking the 1000th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church. A very rare copy in excellent condition, which features an eleven page introduction in English.

Includes more than 340 colour photographs!

ITEM #0300
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on cover, otherwise an excellent copy!
216 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DECORATIVE ART OF RUSSIA
by Marina Bowater

English text. Richly Illustrated.

The introduction by Marina Bowater provides a quick overview of the history of art in Russia and helps make this book an indispensable book for all amateurs and students of the vast field of decorative arts. The Decorative Arts of Russia has was initially published in 1887 under the title Slavic and Oriental Ornamentation.

Includes 100 colour photographs!

ITEM #0301
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
223 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TSAR
The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Peter Kurth

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This spectacular illustrated history tells the story of the last Romanovs - one of the great tragic love stories of all time - with unparalleled vividness & intimacy. The text, which follows Nicholas & Alexandria from their childhood's to the Siberian cellar where their lives ended, is complemented by rare images from the imperial family's private collections (locked away for decades in Soviet archives, & published here for the first time), as well as by contemporary full-color photographs of the places & palaces the Romanovs knew.

Includes 125 colour and 250 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0288
PUBLISHED: 1998
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
230 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIAN WATERCOLOUR IN THE COLLECTION OF THE HERMITAGE
Import

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Richly Illustrated.

A handsome volume of watercolours from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, which showcase the palaces, interiors, personalities, and landscapes of 18th and 19th century Russia.

Text is in Russian, but also includes a two page English introduction + all captions are in both Russian and English.

Includes 132 colour illustrations + protective cardboard slipcase!

ITEM #0283
PUBLISHED: 1988
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
175 pages
Language: Russian / English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GOLD IN AZURE
One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture
by William Craft Brumfield

1st US Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated.

'Gold in Azure' is a book of exemplary scholarship, a colourful and comprehensive illustrated history of Russian monumental architecture for both the expert and general reader. It traces the Russian architectural aesthetic from the Byzantine-influenced churches of 10th century Kiev, through the extraordinary transformations ordained by Peter the Great and his Imperial successors.

Brumfield analyzes the design, building materials, and history of a multitude of monumental structures, including Novgorod's Cathedral, the Kremlin Cathedrals of Moscow, plus the Admiralty, and the Winter Palace of St Petersburg. He also explores the development of such architectural styles as Moscow baroque, the early high baroque of St Petersburg, and the neoclassicism that began under Catherine the Great and was in turn succeeded by eclecticism, style moderne, rationalism, among others.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the author, many of the monuments never before photographs for western publications, this volume also includes numerous historical engravings and architectural drawings.

Includes 80 colour and nearly 400 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0284
PUBLISHED: 1983
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
429 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $110.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GIFTS TO THE TSARS 1500-1700
Treasures from the Kremlin
by Barry Shifman and Guy Walton

English text. Richly Illustrated.

From 1547, when Ivan the Terrible declared himself tsar of Russia, to 1712, when Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg, one of the highlights of Moscow court life was the formal presentation of diplomatic gifts to the tsar. These fabulous offerings have been preserved intact in the Moscow Kremlin Armory, in a collection that cannot be matched by any other royal treasury in the world.

Now many of these objects are published in this gloriously illustrated volume - the first in English on the subject -- that accompanies a major exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Ranging from arms and armor and exquisite textiles to spectacular works in gold and silver, gifts received by the tsars are masterpieces of the decorative arts - and afford a fascinating glimpse of international relations during a period when Russia emerged as a world power.

Includes 284 photographs - including 260 in colour!

ITEM #0285
PUBLISHED: 2001
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
336 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $145.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RUSSIAN CHRONICLES
1000 Years That Changed the World:
From the Beginnings of the Land of Rus to the New Revolution of Glasnost Today
by Norman Stone and Dimitri Obolensky

1st UK Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated.

A history of Russia from its beginnings in the 6th century AD to the 1917 Revolution and the birth of the Soviet State, the era of Stalin and the dawning of Glasnost in the 1980s. It uses chronicles etched on parchment in distant monasteries, the hidden wisdoms of folksongs, private letters from refugees, conversations and notes from writers, actors, musicians, bringing Russian culture from the past into the realities of the 20th century. The people themselves speak out and tell their story. Alongside the story itself, illustrated essays by historians unravel the political and social background of this land: the mysterious origins of the Slavic people, the horrors of serfdom, the Orthodox Church, the quiet plays of Chekhov set in the plains of the Russian countryside, the brutality of the pogroms and the dawning of Glasnost.

Includes 175 colour and 75 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0292
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
480 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $60.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


РОССИЙСКИЕ И СОВЕТСКИЕ ВОЕННЫЕ НАГРАДЫ
RUSSIAN AND SOVIET MILITARY AWARDS
Import

Imported from Russia. Russian / English text. Richly Illustrated.

The first half of this book is devoted to orders and awards of Imperial Russia. The second half is devoted to orders and awards of the Soviet Union. From the Treasury of the Order of Lenin State History Museum, with introduction and captions in both Russian and English.

Includes more than 100 colour photographs!

ITEM #0291
PUBLISHED: 1990
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
103 pages
Language: Russian / English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MOSCOW
Splendours of the Romanovs
by Brigitte De Montclos

English text. Richly Illustrated.

A lavishly illustrated survey of the Romanovs’ era which symbolizes almost three centuries of Russian artistic riches. "The Romanov dynasty reigned over Russia for three hundred years. Every sovereign was crowned in the cathedral of the Kremlin. The coronation ceremonies were used to return the former capital to the lustre it had lost to Saint Petersburg. This exhibition catalogue rediscovers a Moscow that is frequently overlooked by visitors and, through the works of art embodying the dynasty, reveals the reign of the Romanovs." —Brigitte de Montclos.

Between 1820 and 1860, Moscow saw the blossoming of Russian literature, music, painting, architecture, and the minor arts, leading to the famous pan-Russian exhibition of 1882. During these years the imperial family, and subsequently the grand families surrounding the Tsar, commissioned works from such celebrated manufacturers as Baccarat, Cartier, and Fabergé. The beauty and soul of the objects presented here re-create a genuine Russian atmosphere evoking the ceremony of the Orthodox liturgy, the splendors of court life, the magnificence of the interiors of the palaces in which the imperial family resided, and the international influence of Moscow, which became a hub of modern art and Constructivism in the first years of the twentieth century.

The extraordinary photographic archive belonging to the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and the film archive from the Russian Federation at Krasnogorsk plunge the reader into the intimate circle of Tsar Nicolas II, the last of the Romanovs, and his family.

Includes 232 colour / black & white photographs!

ITEM #0025
PUBLISHED: 2009
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
304 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $60.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


OLD TBILISI
by Tamaz Gersamia

English/Russian/Georgian text. Richly Illustrated.

This is the first photo-chronicle book of Tbilisi at the turn of the 19th/20th century. The city intrigued everyone by its sparkling picturesqueness, manifested both in outlook and mode of life.

The earliest photos of the city date back to the 1850s. They tell us of the streets, squares, houses, churches, government buildings which no longer exist. They bring to us important events in the life of the town, show representatives of various social strata, acquaint us with Tbilisi of the folklore level, its bazaar, trade and artisans' shops. Included also is the public life and culture of Tbilisi.

Introduction, captions, and annotated bibliography are in English/Russian, and Georgian. Includes more than 250 illustrations - mostly black and white. This handsome volume comes in a protective slipcase.

ITEM #0259
PUBLISHED: 1984
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
277 pages
Language: English/Russian/Georgian
PRICE: $125.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RED FORTRESS
History and Illusion in the Kremlin
by Catherine Merridale

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated.

The Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, its very name a byword for enduring power. From Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin, generations of Russian leaders have sought to use the Kremlin to legitimize their vision of statehood. To this day, its red stars and golden crosses blazing side by side, the Kremlin fulfills a centuries-old role: linking the country's present to its distant past and proclaiming the eternal continuity of the Russian state.

Drawing on a dazzling array of sources from unseen archives and rare collections, renowned historian Catherine Merridale traces the full history of this enigmatic compound of palaces and cathedrals, whose blood-red walls have witnessed more than eight hundred years of political drama and extraordinary violence. And with the Kremlin as a unique lens, Red Fortress brings into focus the evolution of Russia's culture and the meaning of its politics.

Includes 32 colour / black & white photographs!

ITEM #0101
PUBLISHED: 2013
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
505 pages
Language: English
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THE LAST DAYS OF THE ROMANOVS
Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
by Helen Rappaport

English text. Illustrated.

This is the story of the murders that ended three hundred years of Romanov rule and set their stamp on an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression. Counting down to the last, tense hours of the Imperial family's lives, Rappaport strips away the over-romanticized 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.

Marshaling overlooked evidence from key witnesses such as the British consul to Ekaterinburg, Sir Thomas Preston, American and British travelers 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, The Last Days of the Romanovs brings those final tragic days vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil, on the brink of a devastating civil war.

Includes 36 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0001
PUBLISHED: 2008
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
254 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY
A Travellers Anthology
Edited by Deborah Manley

1st UK Edition. English text.

No railway journey on Earth can equal the Trans-Siberian between Moscow and Vladivostok. It is not just its vast length and the great variety of the lands and climes through which it passes. It is not just its history as the line that linked the huge territories which are Russia together. It is a dream which calls countless travellers to the adventure of the longest railway in the world. This new edition of a classic anthology takes us through the tremendous achievement of the railways construction across harsh, unsettled lands through the earliest journeys of Western travellers and the trains on which they travelled, and their descriptions of fellow travellers, food, scenery, domestic arrangements, adventures on and off the train, convicts, revolution and war as the train carried them through a lonely, lovely landscape.

ITEM #0096
PUBLISHED: 1988
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
291 pages
Language: English
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WITH THE RUSSIAN ARMY
Being the Experiences of a National Guardsman
by Robert R. McCormick

English text. Illustrated!

Robert R. McCormick strongly supported military service in the defense of one's country. He exemplified the concept of the citizen-soldier. Before his military career, McCormick studied military history and followed military affairs.

As a Chicago Tribune war correspondent, he visited the Eastern Front in 1915. There, he visited various combat units of the tsarist Russian Army and observed several battles between the Russian and German armies.

When McCormick arrived on the frozen Russian Front in 1915. Struck by the anomalies he'd seen, on the way home McCormick penned a book, "With the Russian Army," that remains a classic of its kind, for he was the first Allied emissary to actually see the Russian Front's conditions.

Illustrated with 32 black and white photos!

ITEM #0264
PUBLISHED: 1915
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: a very good copy
306 pages
Language: English
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RUSSIA IN ARMS
A Story of the Czar's Troops
by Lt.-Col. Boris Roustam Bek

Signed by Author. English text. Illustrated!

Lt.-Col. Roustam-Bek (1871-1838) was born Boris Leonidovich Tageev in St. Petersburg. He was a Russian Orientalist, explorer, and writer. In 1901 he left military as a lieutenant. In 1904 he was assigned to the Russian Supreme Headquarters in the Far East and was captured by the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. He was released by the Japanese after the war and eventually settled in the United States. During WWI he volunteered for military service in the British Armed Forces and was commissioned as a lieutenant-colonel. During the war he also worked as a correspondent for the Daily Express. In his writings published after he immigrated to the United States, Tageev occasionally published under the name Boris Roustam-Bek-Tageev.

Illustrated from sketches by Walter Winans and from photographs!

ITEM #0265
PUBLISHED: 1916
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: a very good copy
197 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ST PETERSBURG
A Cultural History
by Solomon Volkov

English text. Illustrated!

In this extremely detailed cultural history of St. Petersburg, Volkov succeeds in filling what he sees as a deficiency in histories written about the world's great cities. And by exploring St Petersburg's cultural history, Volkov has also written a history of Russia over the past three centuries. The book focuses mainly on literature, music, theater, and ballet. And in doing so, Volkov shows how the arts in St. Petersburg affected all of Russia and in turn, at least during the pre-Soviet period, the rest of Europe and then affected the United States later on during the Soviet period.

Illustrated with 60 black and white photos!

ITEM #0271
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Very good!
598 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


A SENSE OF PLACE
Tsarskoe Selo and its Poets
Edited by Lev Loseff and Barry Scherr

English text. Illustrated!

A Sense of Place contains papers, from a conference dedicated to Akhmatova's centennial, which focus not on her poetry by itself, but on the place where she spent her formative years, Tsarskoe Selo, and on the poetic tradition that was connected with the town.

By Akhmatova's day Tsarskoe Selo was fraught with connotations: it was, thanks to Pushkin and the other poets who had attended the lycee, in a sense the birthplace of modern Russian literature, at the same time that its formal layout and striking architecture created an ambience of their own. Around the turn of the century an entire cluster of poets became closely associated with the town, including Innokenty Annensky, Nikolai Gumilev, and Vasily Komarovsky.

The contributions to the conference, taken as a group, comprise an exploration of what might be termed the poetics of Tsarskoe Selo. Some papers examine the effect of the town on Akhmatova's poetry or on that of her contemporaries, others look at the relationship among the writers who lived there and who formed a kind of Russian Bloomsbury, and still others focus on the sculpture and landscaping of Tsarskoe Selo, which in turn had a great effect on the poetry.

In short, the collection, taking an interdisciplinary approach, attempts to define what might be termed a "Tsarskoe Selo style." A recognition of that style not only provides insights into the writings (and lives) of this particular set of poets, but it can also help lead to an understanding of the ways in which other locals have interacted with and influenced various schools of literature.

ITEM #0272
PUBLISHED: 1992
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: Crease on back cover, otherwise a very good copy
368 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


WITH THE ARMIES OF THE TSAR
A Nurse at the Russian Front 1914-1918
by Florence Farmborough

First US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

Farmborough's personal diaries (and the many photographs taken by herself and friends) form the basis of this memoir. Which gives a riveting and often touchingly graphic portrait of life for this British born nurse and her colleagues in Russian Red Cross in the trenches on the Eastern Front in WWI and during the revolution the followed.

She also spent furloughs in Moscow and in Kiev during the period, from whence she yields excellent information in regard to the ever-changing Russian political situation and the tenoned consequences of those events.

Illustrated with 45 black and white photos!

ITEM #0273
PUBLISHED: 1975
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Very good!
422 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


петр великий
PETER THE GREAT
by Yuri Ovcyennikov

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Illustrated!

Peter defined the character of the new Russia. The author tells in detail about the difficult childhood of Peter, about his youth, and his later years, when he showed himself to be a wise statesman. The book also tells about his personal life, about the relationships with women, like-minded people and opponents.

A richly illustrated pictorial on the life of Peter the Great, with colour / black and white photos!

ITEM #0280
PUBLISHED: 2001
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
238 pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THIRTEEN YEARS AT THE RUSSIAN COURT
by Pierre Gilliard

Reprint of the original edition published in 1921

In September 1920, Pierra Gilliard wrote: "after staying three years in Siberia, I was able to return to Europe. My mind was still full of the poignant drama with which I had been closely associated, but I was also still deeply impressed by the wonderful serenity and flaming faith of those who had been its victims. Cut off from communication with the rest of the world for many months, I was unfamiliar with recent publications on the subject of the Tsar Nicholas II and his family. I was not slow to discover that though some of these works revealed a painful anxiety for accuracy and their authors endeavoured to rely on serious records (although the information they gave was often erroneous or incomplete so far as the Imperial family was concerned), the majority of them were simply a tissue of absurdities and falsehoods - in other words, vulgar outpourings exploiting the most unworthy calumnies.

"I was simply appalled to read some of them. But my indignation was far greater when I realised to my amazement that they had been accepted by the general public.

"To rehabilitate the moral character of the Russian sovereigns was a duty - a duty called for by honesty and justice. I decided at once to attempt the task.

"What I, am endeavouring to describe is the drama of a lifetime, a drama I (at first) suspected under the brilliant exterior of a magnificent Court, and then realised personally during our captivity when circumstances brought me into intimate contact with the sovereigns. The Ekaterinburg drama was, in fact, nothing but the fulfillment of a remorseless destiny, the climax of one of the most moving tragedies humanity has known. In the following pages I shall try to show its nature and to trace its melancholy stages.

"There were few who suspected this secret sorrow, yet it was Of vital importance from a historical point of view. The illness of the Tsarevitch cast its shadow over the whole of the concluding period of the Tsar Nicholas II's reign and alone can explain it. Without appearing to be, it was one of the main causes of his fall, for it made possible the phenomenon of Rasputin and resulted in the fatal isolation of the sovereigns who lived in a world apart, wholly absorbed in a tragic anxiety which had to be concealed from all eyes.

"In this book I have endeavoured to bring Nicholas II and his family back to life. My aim is to be absolutely impartial and to preserve complete independence of mind in describing the events of which I have been an eyewitness. It may be that in my search for truth I have presented their political enemies with new weapons against them, but I greatly hope that this book will reveal them as they really were, for it was not the glamour of their Imperial dignity which drew me to them, but their nobility of mind and the wonderful moral grandeur they displayed through all their sufferings."

Illustrated with 56 black & white photos!

ITEM #0260
PUBLISHED: 1990s
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
304 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 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 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


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


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


THE CORONATION BOOK OF KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH
Souvenir Photo Album

English text. Richly Illustrated.

A superb, richly illustrated pictorial souvenir album celebrating the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother), from 1895 to 1936 in hundreds of photographs.

Includes 593 black & white photographs, wonderful coloured endpapers and 4 colour art plates, with beautiful red embossed cover

ITEM #0317
PUBLISHED: 1937
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor Wear on cover, inscription on inside front page, otherwise a very good, sturdy copy!
512 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE STORY OF THE CORONATION 1937
Edited by Sir John Hammerton

English text. Richly Illustrated.

A complete historical and descriptive record of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

This exceptional volume is divided into 12 sections, and 32 chapters.

Includes 330 black & white photographs and 6 colour art plates

ITEM #0313
PUBLISHED: 1937
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Wear and stain on cover, inscription on inside front page, otherwise a good, sturdy copy!
384 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LONG LIVE THE KING!
George V King and Emperor. Prince and Sovereign Edward VII
by Eric Acland

English text. Illustrated.

A biography - much from a Canadian perspective - on the inspiring lives of George V and Edward VIII, father and son who were destined to rule the greatest empire in the history of mankind.

Includes 30 black & white photographs

ITEM #0313
PUBLISHED: 1936
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Inscription on inside front page, otherwise a very good copy!
373 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


UNCROWNED KING
The Life of Prince Albert
by Stanley Weintraub

English text. Illustrated.

Queen Victoria would doubtless have been delighted by this biography of her adored husband, after the implications of the title had evoked the royal scowl. Prolific biographer Weintraub writes that he learned to respect Victoria's prince consort so deeply while writing about the queen herself in Victoria that he now builds a strong case that Albert, far from being a minor German princeling, was in fact a conscientious, well-informed administrator who essentially acted as England's king while married to Victoria.

On his early death at age 42 in 1861, Prime Minister Disraeli said, "This German Prince has governed England for twenty-one years with a wisdom and energy such as none of our Kings have ever shown." Albert's wife, after all, produced during those years an unprecedented nine children, who went on to repopulate the ranks of European royalty.

While reviled by many of his wife's subjects as a foreigner and worse yet, a German, Albert fought valiantly to improve British education and single-handedly pulled together the Great Exhibition of 1851 with its magnificent Crystal Palace. He was involved in almost every aspect of Her Majesty's government, to the mixed reactions of prime ministers, and he met his match in Lord Palmerston, who ignored and thwarted Albert and Victoria at every turn.

Drawing on his detailed knowledge of the protagonists, Weintraub's persuasive argument that Albert was certainly the power behind the throne should cause a reevaluation. The 40 years of Victoria's reign after her husband's death and the dynastic web she spun across the Continent by marrying off her many children have tended to obscure Albert's role. Weintraub sets the record straight, leaving the reader with new admiration for this underestimated man.

Includes 30 black & white photographs

ITEM #0314
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
478 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TWILIGHT OF SPLENDOR
The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year
by Greg King

English text. Illustrated.

Twilight of Splendor presents a breathtaking portrait of a sovereign and her empire at the height of their global power. Focusing on the spectacle of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, it combines a thrilling account of that massive celebration with an intimate exploration of Victoria's world--her splendid palaces and possessions, the grand banquets and balls she hosted, her immense wealth, the politicians and courtiers who did her bidding, her confidence and assertiveness as a ruler, her surprising personal humility, and her perpetual state of mourning for her beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Based on hundreds of published and unpublished sources from the period, including Queen Victoria's private correspondence and personal journals, Twilight of Splendor is must reading for Anglophiles, Victorian-history buffs, and anyone interested in the golden age of monarchy.

Includes 44 black & white photographs

ITEM #0315
PUBLISHED: 2007
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
337 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GEORGE III's CHILDREN
by John Van der Kiste

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated.

Van der Kiste describes the relationships between the siblings of King George III and Queen Charlotte and chronologically recounts the life of the family, the intriguing characters who surrounded the royal court and the mess the brothers made of their lives.

Includes 61 black & white photographs

ITEM #0316
PUBLISHED: 1992
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
204 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 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


THE SECRET OF AN EMPRESS
by Countess Zanardi Landi

English text. Illustrated.

Published in 1914, the Countess claimed to be the youngest child of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria kept secret from the public by her mother, the Empress Elizabeth, in order to preserve her from "the useless and dangerous life of courts, because I did not wish you to be an empty-headed, empty-hearted princess". The assassination of the Empress in 1898 either snuffed out any chance of Caroline being publicly claimed as royalty or conveniently closed the timeline on her carefully concocted story which in its published form was actually referred to by the Boston Daily Globe as "a most interesting narrative, attaining both consistency and plausibility, while offering a wonderful wealth of detail." In 1913 the Countess claimed to have turned down a royal offer of $400,000 to keep silent saying that she didn't want the money but to be recognized as legitimate.

Illustrated with 14 black & white photos.

ITEM #0312
PUBLISHED: 1914
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Some age toning on pages, spine starting to tear, but still a good copy!
370 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CROWN OF THORNS
The Reign of King Boris III of Bulgaria, 1918-1943
by Stephane Groueff

English text. Illustrated.

A fascinating biography of Bulgaria's tragic monarch, Boris III, based on private correspondence and extensive interviews with members of the Bulgarian royal family. The son of King Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Boris became king after the first World War. Noted for defying Hitler wishes for Bulgaria's Jews, the popular king died mysteriously in 1943 after a stormy meeting with Hitler.

Illustrated with 36 black & white photos.

ITEM #0311
PUBLISHED: 1987
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
410 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CHARLOTTE & LEOPOLD
The True Story of the Original People's Princess
by James Chambers

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated.

The tragic story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. A story that Jane Austen famously declined to tell, declaring: “I could no more write a romance than an epic poem.”

Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth resulted in a public outpouring of grief the like of which was not to be seen again until the death of Diana, over 150 years later. Charlotte’s death was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Queen Victoria was the product.

James Chambers masterfully demonstrates how the personal and the political inevitably collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own. From the day she was born, Charlotte won the hearts of her subjects and yet, behind the scenes, she was used, abused, and victimized by rivalries—between her parents; between her father (the Prince Regent, later King George IV) and (Mad) King George III; between her tutors, governesses, and other members of her discordant household; and ultimately between the Whig opposition and the Tory government.

Set in one of the most glamorous eras of British history, against the background of a famously dysfunctional royal family, Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of The Original People’s Princess is an accessible, moving, funny, and entertaining royal biography with alluring contemporary resonance.

Illustrated with 25 colour / black & white photos.

ITEM #0310
PUBLISHED: 2007
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
244 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


A HABSBURG TRAGEDY
Crown Prince Rudolf
by Judith Listowel

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated.

The author, whose maternal grandfather was a member of the Hungarian Upper House and knew the entourage of Crown Prince Rudolph, writes with authority and flair. Her depiction of a flawed but gifted man who was such a sacrificial lamb of the complicated times as well as his own temperament. There is just the right balance of hard politics and intimate details about personalities and traits, so you have in your hands a serious work of history which is also very readable with interesting period details.

The author presents her own theory of exactly what happened at Mayerling, which is worth reading. Don't miss the footnotes which are filled with fascinating facts.

Illustrated with 16 black & white photos.

ITEM #0309
PUBLISHED: 1978
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
316 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


NAPOLEON & JOSEPHINE
An Improbable Marriage
by Evangeline Bruce

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated.

Set against the pomp and splendor of prerevolutionary France, Napoleon and Josephine is an enthralling tale of desire, betrayal, and ambition. It chronicles Napoleon's rise to power and ascent to the imperial throne; the first meeting between Napoleon and Josephine; and the subsequent stormy marriage and Josephine's inability to produce an heir, their divorce...and wrenching separation.Drawn from the lovers' private letters and journals, this biography brings to life a tumultuous era and two of history's most fascinating people in a story so compelling, romantic, and compulsively readable it could be fiction.

Illustrated with 46 black & white photos.

ITEM #0308
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Small tear on dust jacket, otherwise an excellent copy!
555 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $40.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE LAST HABSBURG
by Gordon Brook-Shepherd

English text. Illustrated.

The Last Habsburg is a detailed and highly sympathetic biography of the last Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Karl I. Karl was just 29 years old when he succeeded the long reigning (1848-1916) Emperor Francis Joseph on November 21, 1916 as Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary during the height of the First World War. His reign was brief as he was forced to vacate the throne barely two years later in November 1918 as his country and Germany fell to defeat. Karl made two unsuccessful attempts to return to claim his throne as King of Hungary and died at only 35 in 1922 leaving behind his wife (Empress Zita) and eight children.

An almost unknown ruler, Karl was thrust onto the throne at a time when the war was costing millions of lives, was probably unwinnable and almost certainly had doomed the Austro-Hungarian Empire to extinction. The brave attempts by Karl to end the War despite German opposition are covered in much detail and with the commentary of his wife Zita, who survived her husband until late in the 20th Century. Otto, the eldest son of Karl and Zita, claimant to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones lived on to become an influential member of the European Parliament until his death in 2011.

Illustrated with 28 black & white photos.

ITEM #0307
PUBLISHED: 1968
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: A very good, solid copy!
358 Pages
Language: English
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KING ALBERT'S BOOK
Published by 'The Daily Telegraph' 1914

1st Edition. English text. Illustrated.

Published in 1914, this is a rare 1st edition of King Albert's Book - A Tribute to the Belgian King and People from Representative Men and Women Throughout the World sold for the benefit of The Daily Telegraph Belgium Fund.

Includes work by G. K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, W. D. Howells, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Alfred Noyes, President Taft, and Edith Wharton and many more. The book also includes musical scores by Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar and many more.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour tipped plates & numerous illustrations, some full colour, many full page. Artists include Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph Pennell, and Arthur Rackham & many more.

Illustrated with 16 colour plates / additional black & white photos.

ITEM #0306
PUBLISHED: 1914
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Some age toning on pages, but still a good, solid copy!
188 Pages
Language: English
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ALBERT Ier
by Jacques Offergeld

Imported from Belgium. French text. Illustrated.

A richly illustrated biography on Leopold II (1835-1909), who reigned as the second King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909.

Illustrated with more than 100 colour / black & white photos.

ITEM #0305
PUBLISHED: 1984
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
78 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LEOPOLD II
by Barbara Emerson

Imported from Belgium. French text. Illustrated.

A richly illustrated biography on Leopold II (1835-1909), who reigned as the second King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909.

Illustrated with more than 100 colour / black & white photos.

ITEM #0304
PUBLISHED: 1983
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
76 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LEOPOLD Ier
by Jacques de Launay

Imported from Belgium. French text. Illustrated.

A richly illustrated biography on Leopold I (1790-1860), a German prince who became the first King of the Belgians following Belgian independence in 1830. He reigned between July 1831 and December 1865.

Illustrated with more than 100 colour / black & white photos.

ITEM #0303
PUBLISHED: 1982
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
78 Pages
Language: French
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LETTERS OF THE EMPRESS FREDERICK
Edited by Sir Frederick Ponsonby

English text. Illustrated.

Preface and Introduction by Sir Frederick Ponsonby.

Includes sections of letters on a variety of topics: Birth, Education and Marriage; Early Years in Prussia; The Austrian War; The Franco-Prussian War; Bismarck and Russia, 1871-1878; The Crown Princess and Her Family; Foreign Affairs, 1878-1886; Prince Alexander of Battenberg; The Illness of the Crown Prince Frederick; San Remo; The Reign of the Emperor Frederick; The War Diary of the Emperor Frederick; The Emperor William's Visit to England, 1889; The Fall of Prince Bismarck; Caprivi's Chancellorship; and The Closing Years.

Illustrated with 4 black & white portraits.

ITEM #0274
PUBLISHED: 1928
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Frontispiece page coming loose, otherwise a good copy
493 Pages
Language: English
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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: $50.00 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: $75.00 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: $40.00 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: $30.00 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


ART RUSSE
19 & 20 Mai 2015
OLIVER COUTAU-BEGARIE.

French text. Richly Illustrated.

Nearly 600 items offered in this richly illustrated catalogue includes personal items from the collection of HIH Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna, Princess Nicholas of Greece (1882-1957), plus Romanov photographs, busts, icons, porcelain, silverware, items from the Demidoff collection, and more.

Illustrated with more than 500 colour photos!

ITEM #8001
PUBLISHED: 2015
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
152 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MOBILIER OBJETS D'ART
23 Novembre 2016
COUTAU-BEGARIE.

French text. Richly Illustrated.

More than 300 items offered in this richly illustrated catalogue includes paintings, porcelain, furniture and more of the 18th and 19th century.

Illustrated with more than 300 colour photos!

ITEM #0079
PUBLISHED: 2016
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
160 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CHASSE MOBILIER OBJETS D'ART
27 Mai 2016
OLIVIER COUTAU-BEGARIE.

French text. Richly Illustrated.

More than 300 items offered in this richly illustrated catalogue includes paintings, miniatures, sculpture, porcelain, furniture and more of the 18th and 19th century.

Illustrated with more than 360 colour photos!

ITEM #0080
PUBLISHED: 2016
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
208 Pages
Language: French
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance