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SOVEREIGN
The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II
Edited by Paul Gilbert

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Published twice a year (Spring and Autumn), SOVEREIGN is dedicated to clearing the name of Russia’s much slandered emperor and tsar Nicholas II.

Each issue features first English translations of articles, researched by Russian historians and experts, based on new documents from archival sources.

There is no rehashing of what has already been written, no conspiracy theories, nor does SOVEREIGN attempt to whitewash history.

At long last, Russia’s new generation of historians have an opportunity to challenge the long held myths and lies of their Western counterparts.

ITEM #7000
PUBLISHED: 2015-2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
11 Issues
Language: English
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THE ROMANOV SISTERS
The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Helen Rappaport

English text. Illustrated.

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 Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections.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.

Illustrated with black and white photographs!

ITEM #0479
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
512 pages
Language: English
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История России, которую приказали забыть. Николай II и его время
The History of Russia, Which Was Ordered to be Forgotten. Nicholas II and His Time
by Andrey Anatolyevich Borisyuk

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Illustrated.

NOTE: this book is available in Russian ONLY!

The era of Emperor Nicholas II (1894-1917) is still shrouded in many myths. Propaganda fueled by revolutionaries, created myths and lies about a low standard of living, bad medicine, inaccessible education, etc to help fuel their efforts to discredit the Sovereign and Tsarist rule. This book strikes at the very foundation of these myths – on the basis of new documents, including those bearing the stamp “Top Secret” held in Soviet archives for much of the 20th century.

The truth of life in Imperial Russia during the reign of Nicholas II is revealed by Moscow historian and researcher Andrey Anatolyevich Borisyuk. His latest book provides information that before the revolution, Russia was the world’s leader in terms of industrial development, the tsarist government developed science and education, and Russia was one of the countries that legislated the progress of mankind. As early as the 1910s, imperial scholars were puzzled by the problem of space exploration and the study of atomic energy.

In this book, such topics as industry, education and medicine during the era of Nicholas II are compared with world leaders and other epochs of the history of Russia. Comparisons affect the era of Alexander II, Alexander III, Ulyanov (Lenin), Dzhugashvili (Stalin) and even Yeltsin. The data are presented in clear graphs and tables. The book considers the moral and ideological level of the revolutionary crisis. Both the all-Russian processes and the development of the regions-the construction of cities, resorts and even the development of deserts on the southern borders of the Empire are shown. Borisyuk’s book reveals the real Russia of Nicholas II.

The History of Russia, Which Was Ordered to be Forgotten. Nicholas II and His Time (published June 2018 in Russian only) features 11 chapters and richly illustrated throughout with hundreds of vintage photographs from Russian archives and private collections, many of which have been specially colourized for this edition.

Illustrated with 48 colour photographs!

ITEM #0480
PUBLISHED: 2018
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
239 pages
Language: English
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RUSSIA 1904-1924
The Revolutionary Years
A History in Documentary Photographs
by Eric Baschet

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This is a great book of black and white photographs that show the horrific events of the early 20th century, the Russo-Japanese War, the Revolution of 1905, the First World War, the Revolutions of 1917, the Russian Civil War, and the beginning of the Soviet Union (through the death of Lenin).

Illustrated with more than 300 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0468
PUBLISHED: 1989
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Tear on dust jacket, otherwise EXCELLENT!
279 pages
Language: English
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RUSSIA IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
by Erich Donnert

English text. Richly Illustrated.

For Russia, the 18th century signified the final breakthrough into modern times. The absolute monarchy played an active role in the renewal of the social, cultural and political life of the country. It paved the way for the transition to a capitalist social order from a medieval feudal order, and gave Russian society the basis for further development. This trend was recognized even by contemporaries. Changes and developments excited great interest and aroused a passionate response. There was scarcely an intellectual artist, scientist or writer who did not contribute, in some form or another, to solving the social problems which it entailed. The task of this book is to cast light upon the struggle to win acceptance for the new in the cultural development of the tsardom, taking the principal examples social thought, education, science, literature and art.

Illustrated with more than 200 colour & black and white photographs!

ITEM #0469
PUBLISHED: 1986
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
219 pages
Language: English
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ONE MAN IN HIS TIME
The Memoirs of Serge Obolensky
by Prince Serge Obolensky

English text. Illustrated.

Personal account of a young Russian nobleman and his life through the Russian Revolution, leaving Russia, and serving in two World Wars, including the U.S. Army (OSS) during WWII.

Obolensky was a Russian prince who became a publicist and international socialite. Scion of a wealthy White Russian family and husband of Czar Alexander II’s daughter (Princess Catherine Alexandrovna Yurievskaya, 1878-1959), the Oxford-educated Obolensky fled his native country after battling Bolsheviks as a guerrilla fighter. The tall, mustachioed aristocrat subsequently divorced Princess Catherine, married the daughter of American Financier John Jacob Astor, settled in the U.S. and worked with his brother-in-law, the real estate entrepreneur Vincent Astor.

During World War II, Obolensky at 53 became the U.S. Army’s oldest paratrooper and earned the rank of colonel. He started his own public relations firm in New York in 1949, handling accounts like Piper-Heidsieck champagne. “Serge,” a friend once remarked, “could be successful selling umbrellas in the middle of the Sahara.” A legend in the hotel business, Colonel Obolensky became a Director of Zeckendorf Hotels, then Vice Chairman of Hilton Hotels.

Includes 73 black and white photos!

ITEM #0471
PUBLISHED: 1958
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: USED, SOME WEAR ON COVER & DUST JACKET
432 pages
Language: English
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THE ROMANOVS
Autocrats of All the Russias
by W. Bruce Lincoln

English text. Illustrated.

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

Includes 47 black and white photos!

ITEM #0470
PUBLISHED: 1981
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
852 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $40.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIA ABROAD
A Cultural History of the Russian Emigration 1919-1939
by Mark Raeff

English text

The dramatic events of the twentieth century have often led to the mass migration of intellectuals, professionals, writers, and artists. One of the first of these migrations occurred in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, when more than a million Russians were forced into exile. With this book, Marc Raeff, one of the world's leading historians of Russia, offers the first comprehensive cultural history of the "Great Russian Emigration." He examines the social and institutional structure of the emigration and describes its rich cultural and intellectual life. He points out that what distinguishes this emigration from other such episodes in European history is the extent to which the emigres succeeded in reconstituting and preserving their cultural creativity in the West. The flourishing Russian communities of Paris, Berlin, Prague and Kharbin not only enriched Russian arts and letters, but also significantly influenced the culture of their Western hosts, and Raeff concludes with an assessment of their impact on the development of modern Western and Soviet culture.

ITEM #0474
PUBLISHED: 1990
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
239 pages
Language: English
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THE DIARY OF A DIPLOMAT IN RUSSIA
1917-1918
by Louis de Robien

English text. Illustrated.

The author was a French diplomat who was in the embassy in St. Petersburg during the outbreak of the revolution. He details the stories of the revolt that toppled the monarchy, and then the revolution that toppled the provisional government. His perspectives are interesting, like the time he stated that he preferred Lenin to Kerensky. As the story goes on, he figures out the reds are not as decent as he thought they would be. They steal cars, help themselves to liquor, etc. He preference is for the old order, which collasped and died in WWI. He also prefers the Germans to the Reds, although in the end, the Reds survived the Civil War.

Illustrated with black and white photographs!

ITEM #0477
PUBLISHED: 1967
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
319 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


PRINCE MICHAEL VORONTSOV
Viceroy to the Tsar
by Anthony L.H. Rhinelander

English text. Illustrated.

In Prince Michael Vorontsov, Anthony Rhinelander describes Vorontsov's pragmatic approach within a bureaucracy of legendary inefficiency and corruption. In New Russia Vorontsov dealt with problems such as famine and disease and helped to keep serfdom and religious persecution out of his territory. In Caucasia he made the local administration more effective by appointing Caucasian officials who were far more sensitive to the area's particular problems than were their Russian predecessors. In fact, Vorontsov's Caucasian experience has relevance today it was recently suggested that present-day Soviet officials might have avoided some difficulty when dealing with Afghan rebels had they employed Vorontsov's tactics in handling armed guerillas. Rhinelander, whose extensive research included archival material available only in the Soviet Union, has written the first serious work on Vorontsov in English. Prince Michael Vorontsov will engage the interest and imagination of the general public and the historian.

Illustrated with black and white photographs!

ITEM #0478
PUBLISHED: 1990
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
279 pages
Language: English
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THE RUSSIAN DAGGER
Cold War in the Days of the Czars
by Virginia Cowles

English text. Illustrated.

In this book, Virginia Cowles tells the history of Russia. From the despotic Nicholas I to his great-grandson, Nicholas II, the fantastic drama intrigue and violence was played out against a background of dynastic ties and feuds... those fatal relationships among Europe's ruling families which Virginia Cowles knows so well and writes about so brilliantly. As she retraces the plots and counter-plots, assassinations and betrayals, she makes shockingly clear how subversion abroad and terrorist activities at home stimulated and fed on one another. And her cast of characters -- bizarre, passionate, ruthless, dedicated -- act out the drives of human aspiration and human frailty on a world-shaking scale.

Illustrated with 23 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0473
PUBLISHED: 1969
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Previous owners signature on inside front page, otherwise VERY GOOD!
351 pages
Language: English
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HANDBOOK OF THE RUSSIAN ARMY 1914
by General Staff, War Office

English text. Illustrated.

This is a reprint of a very comprehensive detailed handbook, originally published in 1914, on the Russian army. This is part of the British War Office's effort to keep abreast of the military potential of foreign powers. Contents include the Law of Military Service, recruiting, administration and organization in peace, army organization in war, infantry, cavalry, artillery, technical troops, medical and veterinary, transport, supply, intendance, tactics. Appendices on peace distribution, cossack cavalry in wartime, Russian regimental titles, fortresses, field service uniforms and insignia, field and siege guns, telegraphic codes, glossary of military terms.

Includes appendices, and fold out with illustrations of uniforms, shoulder-straps, etc!

ITEM #0472
PUBLISHED: 1914 (Reprint)
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
326 pages
Language: English
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Воспоминания
Memories
by Anna Tyutcheva

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Illustrated.

The memoirs of Anna Fedorovna Tyutcheva (1829-1889), the daughter of a famous Russian poet, who spent many years at the Imperial Court. From 1853, she served as a maid of honor to Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna (future Empress Maria Alexandrovna), and then as a teacher of her children (until 1866).

Being a witness to the last years of the reign of Nicholas I, and for almost a decade being at the court of Alexander II, Anna Feodorovna had a unique opportunity to observe the management of the state from the inside. She analyzed the events, made her own opinion and tried to convey her thoughts and doubts to her beloved empress, and sometimes to the emperor herself. Her memoirs are especially valuable. On the one hand, as an interesting memoir, on the other hand, as a historical source, into the day-today lives of Emperors Nicholas I, Alexander II, and their respective families.

Illustrated with 14 colour and black & white photographs!

ITEM #0465
PUBLISHED: 1998
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
592 pages
Language: Russian
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ZARMODER BLANT ZARMORDERE
Enkekejserinde Dagmar og Danmark 1917-1928
by Bent Jensen

Imported from Denmark. Danish text. Illustrated.

A Danish language biography about Princess Dagmar (future Empress Maria Feodorovna), who married Emperor Alexander III, and mother of Emperor Nicholas II.

Illustrated with 32 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0459
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
170 pages
Language: Danish
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE END OF CHIVALRY
The Last Great Cavalry Battles, 1914-1918
by Alexis Wrangel

English text. Illustrated.

In this book, Alexis Wrangel presents the accounts - given in their own words - of survivors of the last full-scale battles fought by men on horseback. These reports have an authenticity, and immediacy, that brings to life a now vanished phase of warfare that was as old as civilization.

Alexis Petrovich Wrangel (1922-2005) is the son of General Pyotr Nikolaevich Wrangel (1878-1928), the Russian cavalry commander of the First World War.

Illustrated with 23 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0458
PUBLISHED: 1982
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Good solid copy!
178 pages
Language: English
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ALEXANDER I
Tsar of War and Peace
by Alan Palmer

English text. Illustrated.

As Alan Palmer himself writes in his preface, 'Alexander 1, ruler of Russia for the first quarter of the nineteenth century, is remembered today mainly on three counts: as the Tsar who refused to make peace with the French when Moscow fell in 1812; as the idealist who sought to bind Europe's sovereigns in a Holy Alliance in 1815; and as the Emperor who died - or gave the impression of having died - at the remote southern seaport of Taganrog in the winter of 1825. Recent interest has concentrated , perhaps excessively, on the third of these dramatic episodes akthough it is natural that the epic years of the struggle with Napoleon should continue to excite the historical imagination.'

He has been dubbed 'The Enigmatic Tsar'. There are many contrasting opinions of him. Thomas Jefferson declared 'A more virtuous man, I believe, does no exist, nor one who is more enthusiastically devoted to better the condition of mankind. Castlereagh thought well of him, too, but both Metternich and Napoleon considered him inconsistent and untrustworthy. And Pushkin famously described him as 'a Sphinx who carried his riddle with him to the tomb.' an assessment even more piquant if it is true, as some maintain, his tomb in empty.

With his customary blend of meticulous scholarship and agreeable writing, Alan Palmer provides the most balanced and engaging portrait imaginable.

Illustrated with 23 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0464
PUBLISHED: 1997
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
486 pages
Language: English
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THE HOUSE BY THE DVINA
A Russian Childhood
by Eugenie Fraser

English text. Illustrated.

The House by the Dvina is the riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian-Scottish marriage. It includes episodes as romantic and dramatic as any in fiction: the purchase by the author's great-grandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love; the desperate sledge journey in the depths of winter made by her grandmother to intercede with Tsar Aleksandr II for her husband; the extraordinary courtship of her parents; and her Scottish granny being caught up in the abortive revolution of 1905.

Eugenie Fraser herself was brought up in Russia but was taken on visits to Scotland. She marvellously evokes a child's reactions to two totally different environments, sets of customs and family backgrounds, while the characters are beautifully drawn and splendidly memorable.

With the events of 1914 to 1920 - the war with Germany, the Revolution, the murder of the Tsar and the withdrawal of the Allied Intervention in the north - came the disintegration of Russia and of family life. The stark realities of hunger, deprivation and fear are sharply contrasted with the adventures of childhood. The reader shares the family's suspense and concern about the fates of its members and relives with Eugenie her final escape to Scotland.

In The House by the Dvina, Eugenie Fraser has vividly and poignantly portrayed a way of life that finally disappeared in violence and tragedy.

Illustrated with 20 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0461
PUBLISHED: 2010
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
368 pages
Language: English
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THE EMPIRE MUST DIE
Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917
by Mikhail Zygar

English text.

From Tolstoy to Lenin, from Diaghilev to Stalin, The Empire Must Die is a tragedy of operatic proportions with a cast of characters that ranges from the exotic to utterly villainous, the glamorous to the depraved.

In 1912, Russia experienced a flowering of liberalism and tolerance that placed it at the forefront of the modern world: women were fighting for the right to vote in the elections for the newly empowered parliament, Russian art and culture was the envy of Europe and America, there was a vibrant free press and intellectual life. But a fatal flaw was left uncorrected: Russia's exuberant experimental moment took place atop a rotten foundation. The old imperial order, in place for three hundred years, still held the nation in thrall. Its princes, archdukes, and generals bled the country dry during the First World War and by 1917 the only consensus was that the Empire must die.

Mikhail Zygar's dazzling, in-the-moment retelling of the two decades that prefigured the death of the Tsar, his family, and the entire imperial edifice is a captivating drama of what might have been versus what was subsequently seen as inevitable. A monumental piece of political theater that only Russia was capable of enacting, the fall of the Russian Empire changed the course of the twentieth century and eerily anticipated the mood of the twenty-first.

ITEM #0457
PUBLISHED: 2017
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
558 pages
Language: English
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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


YEARS OF THE GOLDEN COCKEREL
The Last Romanov Tsar 1812-1917
by Sidney Harcave

English text. Illustrated!

Sidney Harcave, who has a two-volume history of Russia to his credit, here records the reign of the Romanovs, their rise and fall, from the ""zenith of distinction"" accorded Alexander II when he stood in Paris as the benevolent protector of European civilization to the disposition of Nicholas II and the end of czardom. He follows each sovereign as he struggled with the ""burden of rule"" variously from the stance of retrenchment or reform: Alexander I neglected domestic needs for eminence abroad: Nicholas I believed in the elimination of serfdom but his reign was characterized by ""orthodoxy, autocracy, and nationality""; Alexander II emancipated the serfs and reformed the military services but still was assassinated by the People's Will: his son Alexander III believed in conservatism in all things, the retainment of old traditions and ways as long as possible. The doomed Nicholas II came to the throne unprepared, his education as ruler neglected, believing that his father had bequeathed him a well ordered realm. Harcave, in the larger context of the Romanov/Russian history, does not consider Rasputin so important a factor in the fate of the last Romanovs as did Massie, (Nicholas & Alexandra) says he served Alix as a reflector. When Nicholas insisted on going off to war. ""Rasputin did not rule Russia. Alexandra did not rule Russia, in fact no one ruled Russia that was the real tragedy."" An overview with sufficient specific information to reward the serious lay reader and perspective to ensure a sound reputation.

Illustrated with 25 black and white photos!

ITEM #0455
PUBLISHED: 1968
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor tears on dust jacket, contents VERY GOOD!
515 pages
Language: English
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ST. PETERSBURG BETWEEN THE REVOLUTIONS
Workers and Revolutionaries June 1907 - February 1917
by Robert B. McKean

English text.

This book is the first comprehensive history of the labor movement in St. Petersburg between 1907 and the overthrow of the Tsar. Drawing on documentation from unpublished Soviet archives, much of which appears for the first time in a Western study, Robert B. McKean offers a new and definitive interpretation of the strengths and weaknesses of the labor movement, challenging both Soviet and Western accounts of the topic.

According to McKean, the politicization of the St. Petersburg working class during this period has been greatly exaggerated, despite the major strikes and demonstrations being primarily political rather than economic in motivation. Radicalism was limited to a minority of skilled male workers, and mass politicization did not occur until 1917. The revolutionary parties operated at an extremely modest level, each failing to capitalize on the workers' general estrangement from the regime. Neither the underground nor the legal labor institutions created after 1905 proved effective as the focus of revolutionary parties, driven by ideological schisms, exerted minimal influence over their parties or events. Until late in 1916, industrial strikes—the chief vehicle of working-class discontent—were fatally compromised by sectoral divisions, the lack of effective leadership, and poorly identified political goals. Authorities and employers also succeeded in containing the work stoppages by a combination of repression and concessions.

McKean's study amounts to a redefinition of cause and effect in the approach to revolution in 1917. It demonstrates that the Tsarist regime may well have survived in St. Petersburg but for the devastating impact of the First World War on the city's economy, garrison, and inhabitants.

ITEM #0453
PUBLISHED: 1990
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
606 pages
Language: English
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RED VICTORY
A History of the Russian Civil War
by W. Bruce Lincoln

English text. Illustrated!

Shortly after the Soviet Union withdrew from WW I, the Red Army confronted the Whites, staunch opponents of communism who were aided by an interventionist militia led by the U.S., Britain and France. Millions died in the civil war of 1918-1921, as battles, epidemics, mass starvation and executions racked the nation, and as the Cheka, or secret police, sent countless people to death in labor camps. Anti-Semitic massacres swept the Ukraine. In this gripping, revelatory history, readers grasp the human cost of the civil war and its permanent impact on Soviet consciousness. Lincoln uncovers fanaticism, terror and elitist politics among both Reds and Whites, peopling his canvas with memorable figures including a truculent Lenin, stormy poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and Aleksandra Kollontai, champion of women's rights and sexual liberation.

Illustrated with 28 black and white photos!

ITEM #0452
PUBLISHED: 1982
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
637 pages
Language: English
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THE QUEST FOR ANASTASIA
Solving the Mystery of the Lost Romanovs
by John Klier

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated!

The Romanov dynasty ended in 1918, when the new Bolshevik regime murdered the Russian Imperial family -- tsar, tsarina, and their five children. Or did it? Did Anastasia and her brother survive? Today, after eight decades, the fate of Anastasia and that of the entire Russian Imperial family is still shrouded in mystery, even after human remains discovered in a pit near Ekaterinburg in the Urals, were confirmed in 1993 as those of the Romanovs. The many reports out of Russia concur that the bodies of two of the royal children were missing from the grave, but they do not agree on their identity.John Klier untangles the strands of the Romanov mysteries, separating unpalatable truths from tactical, political lies. Fluent in Russian and an expert in Russian history and archival materials, he has traveled to Russia, the United States, and Western Europe in search of the lost Romanovs.

What really happened during the night of their execution on July 16, 1918? Can it now be established that it was Nicholas's son, Alexei, and youngest daughter, Anastasia, who were missing when the mass grave was excavated in Ekaterinburg? Until the end of her life Anna Anderson claimed to be Anastasia. Can her well-supported and convincing claim be reconciled with the results of a 1994 DNA test in Britain? Where was the tsar's vast fortune hidden? And why have many of the Romanov relatives and the British and Danish royal families been so obstructive to claims that Anastasia survived the firing squad?

In search of the truth about the tsar's family, Dr. Klier has examined secret archives in Russia; he has had exclusive access to the late James Blair Lovell's private archive of Romanov materials in Washington; and he has taken direct firsthand testimony from scientists and historians working in Russia. The Quest for Anastasia clears the fog of misinformation that has surrounded the Romanovs for the past eight decades.

Includes 32 black and white photographs

ITEM #0355
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
246 pages
Language: English
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ANASTASIA
The Riddle of Anna Anderson
by Peter Kurth

English text. Illustrated!

On 17 February, 1920, a young woman was rescued from a Berlin canal and taken to a local asylum. Her body bore the scars of bullet and bayonet wounds. For a long time she refused to give her name, and was known as Fraulein Unbekannt (Miss Unknown).

When she did declare herself — as the Grand Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the murdered Romanovs — she became the centre of a storm of controversy that still continues after her death in 1983.

Peter Kurth’s brilliant and meticulously researched account shows that the evidence that Anna Anderson was Anastasia is in the end overwhelming.

Nevertheless the extraordinary secrecy which still shrouds some of the key evidence suggests that, as her uncle the Grand Duke of Hesse wrote, an investigation of her identity could be ‘dangerous’.

‘Anastasia’ is a fascinating study of one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

Includes 32 black and white photographs

ITEM #0339
PUBLISHED: 1986
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent!
456 pages
Language: English
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ANASTASIA
The Lost Princess
by James Blair Lovell

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

Anastasia--the name has become synonymous with enigma. the story of the youngest daughter of the last Russian czar has become one of the world's most favorite romantic fascinations, and is one of the strangest, saddest, most haunting riddle of the twentieth century: Did she escape the massacre of the Russian Royal family in 1917?

James Blair Lovell's exhaustive search for the truth culminates in the definitive book, the last word on the mystery of Anastasia. Drawn form eyewitness testimony, medical and scientific study, handwriting analysis, and a cache of thousands of documents, letters, paintings, private photographs, and audio tapes, Anastasia: The Lost Princess separates the facts from the myths, and establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt the identity of the real Anastasia. Filled with romance, intrigue, drama, and startling revelation, it is Anna Anderson's true story.

Includes 50 black and white photographs

ITEM #0333
PUBLISHED: 1991
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Excellent!
512 pages
Language: English
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THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS
The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
by Helen Rappaport

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian Imperial Family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey – were all tragically gunned down in a blaze of bullets.

On the 100-year-anniversary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them. It was not, ever, a simple case of one British King’s loss of nerve. In this race against time, many other nations and individuals were facing political and personal challenges of the highest order.

In this incredible detective story, Rappaport draws on an unprecedented range of unseen sources, tracking down missing documents, destroyed papers and covert plots to liberate the family by land, sea and even sky. Through countless twists and turns, this revelatory work unpicks many false claims and conspiracies, revealing the fiercest loyalty, bitter rivalries and devastating betrayals as the Romanovs, imprisoned, awaited their fate.

Includes 42 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0418
PUBLISHED: 2018
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
372 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


HISTORICISM IN RUSSIA
STYLE AND EPOCH IN THE DECORATIVE ARTS 1820s-1890s
Exhibition Catalogue

Imported from Russia. Russian & English text. Richly Illustrated!

The exhibition featuring works of decorative and applied arts (1820s-1890s) was held at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg in 1997. This beautiful, richly illustrated catalogue describes the development of Historicism and traces the evolution of various styles of art in Western Europe and Russia and their complex interrelations. Introduction by Marina Lopato and Tatyana Petrova.

Includes 274 color and 110 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0396
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
432 pages
Language: Russian and English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SO DARK A STREAM
A Study of the Emperor Paul I of Russia
by E.M. Almedingen

1st UK Edition. English text.

Paul I, the son of Catherine II, was born in St. Petersburg in September 1754. When her son was born, she was allowed to see him only once a month, and then with courtiers present.

It was not surprising that Paul grew embittered and ill-adjusted. When his mother died in 1796, and he ascended the throne at the age of 42, he was half-mad. In the five years of his reign he undid much of the good that she had done before him.

In March 1801, a group of officers and aristocrats, placing the future of their country before their own safety, murdered him: a scene of macabre drama.

E.M. Almedingen tells the story of Paul I's reign; of a time when no one connected with the Court felt himself safe from exile or brutal ill-treatment. Her biography is a moving and human study of one of the darkest periods in Russia's history.

Includes black & white frontispiece

ITEM #0405
PUBLISHED: 1959
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: A very good copy!
240 pages
Language: Russian and English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CHARLES CAMERON
Architect to the Court of Russia
by Isobel Rae

English text. Illustrated!

This is the story of Charles Cameron (1745-1812), a completely unknown architect who made an illustrious career at the court of Catherine the Great. Cameron, practitioner of early neoclassical architecture, was the chief architect of Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk palaces. The only biography of Cameron published in English.

Includes 32 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0391
PUBLISHED: 1971
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Dust jacket has a number of tears, however, contents and binding VERY GOOD!
111 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ALEXANDER III OF RUSSIA
by Charles Lowe, M.A.

1st UK Edition. English text. Frontispiece.

A rare copy, published in 1895, translated from German by J. Morrison, and edited with an introduction by Felix Volkhofsky.

Only the beginning of this work deals with Alexander III, the remainder consists of a series of character sketches on prominent Russians of the time and a commentary on the backward condition of the Russian empire. Samson-Himmelstierna, a Prussian conservative and Russophobe, characterizes Alexander III as a willful and ambitious monarch of limited intelligence wholly committed to a policy of expansionism. He warns the readers to be alert to the danger posed by Alexander III's support of panslavism, a movement which could "unleash the half-tamed savagery of the Russian nation" upon the Western world.

ITEM #0400
PUBLISHED: 1895
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on covers, otherwise a very good copy!
370 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE LAST TSAR
The Life and Death of Nicholas II
by Edvard Radzinsky

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

A prominent Russian playwright has turned his talents to historical investigation and produced an account containing intriguing new details for the Western reader and revelations for the previously uninformed citizenry of the former Soviet Union. Long fascinated by the death of Nicholas II, his wife, and his children, Radzinsky gained access to long-closed national archives containing state documents, diaries of the tsar and his family, and eyewitness accounts. To the well-known fact that the Bolsheviks who held the royal family executed them hastily out of fear that advancing White forces might recover the tsar, Radzinsky adds documentation of Lenin's approval of the local Reds' actions and full descriptions (from participant accounts) of the killings and disposal of the bodies.

Includes 65 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0381
PUBLISHED: 1992
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
462 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STYLE
by Laura Cerwinske

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Sumptuously illustrated with over 100 stunning full-page color photographs, this exquisite book displays the opulence and incomparable beauty of the treasures created for and collected by, the Russian aristocracy in the 18th and 19th centuries. This breathtaking visual feast will have broad appeal to lovers of history, art decorative design, and antiques.

NOTE: this is a publisher's review copy, in excellent condition!

Includes 125 colour photographs!

ITEM #0373
PUBLISHED: 1990
LARGE Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
223 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE TSAR
Edited with an introduction by Robert H. Allshouse

English text. Richly Illustrated!

The pioneering color photography of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II. The photographs in this extraordinary album are the work of a previously unknown pioneer in early twentieth-century color photography, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii -- commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II in 1909 to travel throughout the Russian Empire photographing things of interest and significance.

To view these color images of an era we are accustomed to seeing in sepia tones or black and white photos is an experience of cultural shock -- a trip in a visual time machine to a vanished and exotic world that looks as though it had been captured by the photographer only yesterday.

Prokudin-Gorskii, a chemist as well as a photographer, developed one of the earliest processes for taking color pictures and was the editor for many years of a St. Petersburg journal, The Amateur Photographer. During the six years he executed the Tsar’s commission, he traveled vast distances in a special railway car outfitted with a darkroom -- to the Urals, the Caucasus, the Ukraine, Siberia, Finland, and as far east as Turkestan.

Eminent in his own country, he became one of the countless emigres to flee Russia in 1918, disappearing into relative obscurity first in Norway, and later in England and France. Like Imperial society, he too was a victim of the upheaval of the Revolution.

Prokudin-Gorskii managed to bring out of Russia his collection of nearly 2000 glass-plate negatives. This book, produced with the cooperation of the National Archives and the Library of Congress, contains 120 of his finest color photographs -- including the only extant photo in color of Leo Tolstoy. Another 120 have been reproduced in sepia from black-and-white prints. Photographs for the Tsar is a landmark contribution to the history of photography, one which allows us a better understanding of a lost world.

Includes more than 250 colour & black and white photographs!

ITEM #0371
PUBLISHED: 1983
LARGE Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
216 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIAN HOUSES
by Elizabeth Gaynor and Kari Haavisto

English text. Richly Illustrated!

From the rustic simplicity of wooden cottages to the gaudy glitter of imperial palaces(i.e. Peterhof, Menshikov, Tsarskoe Selo, Pavlovsk, Ostankino and Yusupov) and estates, this intriguingly illustrated survey of Russian houses filters social history through architecture. Timber cathedrals, manor houses (all nationalized after the 1917 revolution), Peter the Great's wartime cabin by the White Sea, eclectic villas of the 19th-century bourgeoisie and fisherfolks's clustered dwellings evoke a panorama of Russian life.

The homes of famous people shown here duly reflect their personalities. Words and photos invite us inside Lenin's monastic three-room apartment, the cozy corner flat of Dostoyevsky's last years, painter Ilya Repin's hexagonal studio with skylights illuminating the interior, and dwellings of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gorky, Pasternak, Stanislavsky, Chekhov and Tchaikovsky.

Includes more than 300 colour photographs!

ITEM #0371
PUBLISHED: 1991
LARGE Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
287 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


IMPERIAL SPLENDOUR
Palaces and Monasteries of Old Russia
by Prince George Galitzine

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated!

This volume is exactly what it purports to be--a picture book, enhanced by numerous gate-folds that offer, inter alia, wide-angled views of the ancient kremlins with their churches and monasteries laid out along the placid rivers of Russia. One dramatic photograph after another highlights the characteristic golden onion domes of cathedrals glistening against a brooding sky.

Also featured are the magnificent palaces with their parks and landscaped gardens built by various monarchs around Moscow and St. Petersburg, many of which have been restored since World War II.

Prince George Vladimirovich Galitzine (1916-1992), a historian and descendant of Catherine the Great, leads this tour of the ancient cities of Novgorod, Pskov, and the Golden Ring, an historic region to the northeast of Moscow. A brief but informative text introduces each region. Recommended for most collections as a distinctive overview of the subject.

Includes 100 colour photographs by Earl Beesley and Gary Gibbons.

ITEM #0114
PUBLISHED: 1999
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
187 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $85.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ANASTASIA'S ALBUM
The Last Tsar's Youngest Daughter Tells Her Story
by Hugh Brewster

English text. Illustrated!

Shielded from St Petersburg society, the last tsar's four daughters enjoyed a simple life of almost cloudless happiness. Their evenings were spent with their parents, reading aloud and pasting snapshots into albums. Drawing on these precious personal keepsakes - long hidden in Russian archives - this work offers a glimpse into the intimate family life of the last Romanovs.

Illustrated in scrapbook style with Anastasia's own letters, photographs and watercolours, this album brings the youngest of the tsar's daughters to life - a tomboy who scrambled up snowy mountains to sled down on a silver tray. Letters from Anastasia's final heartbreaking days in captivity show that even the filthy conditions and the brutal treatment of her revolutionary jailers could not shake her faith.

Includes 135 colour / black and white photographs.

ITEM #0351
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
62 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CHRONICLE OF THE RUSSIAN TSARS
The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia
by David Warnes

English text. Illustrated!

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

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

Includes 100 colour & 129 black and white photographs.

ITEM #0352
PUBLISHED: 1999
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
224 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Военный дневник великого князя Андрея Владимирович (1914-1917)
The War Diary of Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich Romanov (1914-1917)

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Illustrated!

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich (1879-1956) was a younger brother of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich (1876-1938) who proclaimed himself the Russian emperor in exile in France in 1924. Andrei was one of the most educated persons in the Romanov's dynasty, an extraordinary personality who made an excellent military career. These diaries were kept by the Grand Duke when he fought on the north-west front in 1914-15 and in Petrograd in 1916-17. He also describes in detail the assassination of Gregory Rasputin and the demise of Emperor Nicholas II. This is the most complete publication of his diaries, provided with detailed comments.

Includes 54 black and white photographs.

ITEM #0354
PUBLISHED: 2008
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
446 pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LOST SPLENDOUR
by Prince Felix Yussupov

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Originally published in 1952, this astonishing memoir brings you deep inside the world of majesty and intrigue at the end of the Romanov dynasty. This is a new English-language, illustrated edition, imported from Russia.

Born to great riches, master of vast feudal estates and many palaces, Felix Yussupov led the life of a grand lord in the days before the Russian Revolution. Married to a niece of Tsar Nicholas II, he could observe at close range the rampant corruption and intrigues of the imperial court, which culminated in the rise to power of the sinister monk Rasputin. Finally, impelled by patriotism and his love for the Romanov dynasty, which he felt was in danger of destroying itself and Russia, he killed Rasputin in 1916 with the help of the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich and others. More than any other single event, this deed helped to bring about the cataclysmic upheaval which ended in the advent of the Soviet regime.

The author describes the luxury and glamour of his upbringing, which to us seems like some tale from the Arabian Nights, fantastic episodes at night clubs and with the gypsies in St. Petersburg, grand tours of Europe, dabbling in spiritualism, occultism, and an occasional conscience-stricken attempt to alleviate the lot of the poor.

Here is an extraordinary personal history which has all the excitement of a thriller-and is also important in the history of one of the greatest events of modern times. Illustrated with 29 black and white photographs.

Includes 29 black and white photographs. This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0349
PUBLISHED: 2014
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
329 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $28.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE CORONATION OF TSAR NICHOLAS II
Edited by Paul Gilbert

English text. Richly Illustrated!

The pomp and pageantry surrounding the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II is told through the eye-witness accounts of six people who attended this historic event at Moscow, held over a three week period from May 6 to 26, 1896.

The authors came from all walks of life and different nations. They recorded their observations in diaries and letters, leaving to posterity a first-hand record that allows modern-day readers to relive the crowning of Russia’s last tsar and the splendour and opulence of a world that is gone forever.

These exceptional memoirs offer a wealth of information that include the preparations and events leading up to and during the coronation festivities, the tsar’s entry into Moscow, the procession to the cathedral, the crowning of the tsar and the celebrations that followed. No two memoirs are alike; each of the authors guides the reader through this historic event through his or her own eyes.

This book includes biographical notes and photos of each of the six authors. A collection of over 200 rare photographs and illustrations from the private archives of Royal Russia complement this book offering the largest collection of this historic event ever assembled in one volume.

Includes more than 200 black and white photographs. This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0343
PUBLISHED: 2012
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
385 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 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 ROMANOVS
by Virginia Cowles

English text. Richly Illustrated!

For over 300 years, the Romanov family ruled over Russia. Its glittering Tsars and Tsarinas were autocratic despots, who between them embraced all the vices (and too few of the virtues) of absolute rulers. Their name has become a byword for excess, avarice and cruelty, they have aroused intrigue and horror in equal measure.

Virginia Cowles offers a portrait gallery of the outstanding members of this incredible family — from Alexis (a Tartar in his wrath) and Peter the Great (a terrifying giant) to the nymphomaniac Catherine and the doomed Nicholas II, last of the Tsars. Their domination of Russia was brought to an end in March 1917, as a result of the February Revolution. Of the 65 family members, 18 were killed by the Bolsheviks and the remaining 47 were exiled abroad.

Delving behind the mass of obscure and unfamiliar historical detail, she reveals the characters and personal ties behind these strange, and often daunting, figures. She looks beyond what is written about them in the history books and explores how their family lives and secrets affected the entirety of Russia and its many citizens.

Includes 34 colour and 158 black and white photographs

ITEM #0338
PUBLISHED: 1971
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Very good copy
288 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
A Portrait in Photographs
by Chloe Obolensky

1st UK Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated!

A large, heavy pictorial, with an introduction by Max Hayward.

This unrivalled collection of nearly 500 photographs provides a breathtaking view of a world now lost to us. It is the vast, many-faceted, revealing portrait of Imperial Russia from the mid-nineteenth century to the shadow of the Revolution.

Gathered from family albums, long-hidden archives, museums and libraries throughout Europe and America, these striking photographs - most of them previously unpublished - form a rare pictorial narrative, that reaches across the enormity of Russia.

From the splendour of St Petersburg to the haunting bleak landscapes of Siberia, The Russian Empire, is a photographic chronicle of every walk of life. With historical, social and regional background to the period described in an outstanding text, The Russian Empire is a beautiful, thoughtful and indispensable work.

Includes nearly 500 black and white photographs

ITEM #0336
PUBLISHED: 1980
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Wear and tear on dust jacket, contents very good!
346 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TREASURES OF THE CZARS
Exhibition Catalogue

English text. Richly Illustrated!

250 rarely seen precious treasures of the 300-year reign of the Romanov dynasty, from the State Museum of the Moscow Kremlin were presented at the Florida International Museum in St Petersburg, Florida, from January 11 to June 11, 1995. The exhibition featured priceless artifacts of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II. Virtually everything in the collection made their North American debut in this groundbreaking exhibition.

Includes more than 250 colour photographs + more than a dozen articles by Kremlin historians and experts

ITEM #0232
PUBLISHED: 1995
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
256 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


PAVLOVSK
The Life of a Russian Palace
by Suzanne Massie

English text. Richly Illustrated.

This book by Suzanne Massie, a notable authority on Russian culture, is dedicated to the history of the Palace of Pavlovsk – one of the most splendid palace-and-park ensembles in the environs of St Petersburg. The estate was given by Empress Catherine II as a present to her son Pavel (hence Pavlovsk), the future Emperor Paul I, in 1777.

During the 900-day siege of Leningrad, Pavlovsk, the 18th-century Russian palace, built by Catherine the Great's daughter-in-law, was burned to the ground. This book tells the story of various survivors who carried out the task of restoring the palace to its original splendour.

Includes 116 colour and black and white photographs!

ITEM #0003
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
394 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 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: $20.00 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: $95.00 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


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


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: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE
Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia
by Geza von Habsburg

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Carl Peter Faberge (1846-1920), court jeweler to the czars, created masterpieces which rank among the most consummate achievements ever prodcued in the fields. However, his works are hardly accessible to the general public in Europe; most of them are privately owned or are in Soviet or North American collections. The first extensive presentation of Faberge originals on the European continent took place in Munich, in an unprecedentedly comprehensive exhibition of jewelry, objets d'art and fantasy pieces, most of which had never before been on public display. The present volume includes a complete documentation of that spectacular exhibition.

Completely new and expanded chapters present the family history of Carl Faberge, whose father had already been a goldsmith before him and whose sons entered the trade and continued to preserve the workshop's tradition; the history of that workshop its master craftsmen and its subsidiary branches, as well as the widespread and interconnected family relations of the Russian imperial house, without whose commissions the major works of Faberge's art woudl have been unimaginable. Faberge is shown within the spheres of influence, on the one hand, of revived historical European styles, and o nthe other hand, of new directions inspired by oriental, exotic, and in particular, Japanese art. Yet despite the manifold influences and stimuli, Faberge can always be recognized by his own unmistakable and precisely describable style. Faberge's competitors are among the subjects dealt with, as well as the market for his pieces in former times and today, and the forgeries which make appraisal and estimation such a challenging task. A survey is also included of the aristocratic and bourgeois customers of this largest center of Russian craftsmanship of its time, whose every stunning creation reflects its masterful, often subtly mysterious technical perfection.

In addition to jewelry and objects of art, Faberge also produced exquisite personal articles of decor for the salon and boudoir: splendiferous showpieces that reveal in exemplary fashion the entire spectrum of fin-de-siecle luxury.

The art historian Geza von Habsburg, great-great-grand-son of Kaiser Franz Joseph, known to all Faberge collectors as the longtime president of Christie's in Europe, as the succesful initiator of major auctions of Russian art in Geneva, and (in conjunction with Alexander von Solodkoff) the author of the first German-language monograph on Faberge, is the main author of this volume. Geza von Habsburg's profound knowledge of the subject, along with his diverse connections, particularly to those who possess Faberge creations as cherished family heirloom, made possible this portrayal of Faberge's world and his art with thoroughness and insight that will set standards for decades to come.

Very large, heavy coffee table style book. Richly illustrated with hundreds of colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0442
PUBLISHED: 1987
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
359 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $150.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE AND THE RUSSIAN MASTER GOLDSMITHS
by Gerard Hill

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Peter Carl Faberge (1846-1920) is deservedly the most famous creator of the stunning gold, silver, and jewel-studded treasures of imperial Russia. Perhaps because of the popularity of his Easter eggs, Faberge's skilled competitors have been largely overlooked. Faberge and the Russian Master Goldsmiths tells their story and features their masterpieces as well as Faberge's. Today, the creations of the Russian master goldsmiths are dispersed throughout the world.

A broad sampling of masterpieces from the great Russian collections, as well as from private and public collections, are depicted here in nearly 300 full-color illustrations, a number of which are published here for the first time.

Very large, heavy coffee table style book. Includes 300 colour

ITEM #0435
PUBLISHED: 1989
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
320 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $195.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE
Imperial Craftsman and His World
by Dr. Geza von Habsburg

1st UK Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated!

The World of Faberge accompanies one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever mounted on the jewelers of the Russian Imperial Court. With over 750 treasures by Faberge and other world-famous jewelers and goldsmiths, all illustrated in full color, The World of Faberge brings together the famous collections from the Kremlin Museum in Moscow, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, as well as the Forbes Collection and numerous private European and American collections.

For the first time, this book places the phenomenon of Faberge in its wider context. It focuses on its origins and sources, reveals aspects of the famous jewelers that have hitherto never properly been explored, and makes comparisons not only with Faberge's Russian competitors, but also with its foreign peers such as Cartier, Lalique and Tiffany.

Contributions by many leading Faberge specialists explore the significance and enduring legacy of this world of Faberge.

This book was published to coincide with a major Faberge exhibition held in the United States in 2000.

Very large, heavy coffee table style book. Includes more than 750 colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0436
PUBLISHED: 2000
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
416 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $175.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE EGGS
Masterpieces from Czarist Russia
by Susanna Pfeffer

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Mention Faberge eggs, and immediately a vision of luxurious treasures springs to mind Lost to the world for many years after the Russian Revolution and the downfall of the Czars, these masterpieces have gradually come to light and are now seen as symbols of a long-gone era of opulence and even self-indulgence. Today, thanks to the persistence of dedicated collectors, more than 40 eggs are on display in museums, galleries, and private collections all over the world. Now they have been assembled in this book. Each photo is accompanied by an authoritative commentary that not only describes the eggs in detail but also provides details of court life in Imperial Russia. An informative introduction sets the stage historically and relates the life of the genius behind the 'House of Faberge'.

Includes 50 full page colour photos!

ITEM #0437
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
112 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE
The Imperial Eggs
by Christopher Forbes, et al

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Few art objects are as famous and well loved as the fifty-six magnificent eggs created by the House of Faberge for the Russian Imperial Family. This book documents the largest reunion of Imperial Eggs since the confiscation of the Imperial family's property in 1917.

Masterful photographs of each of the eggs are accompanied by detailed descriptions. Features detailed essays by Christopher Forbes, Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern, and Irina Rodimtseva. The essays explore the history of the Faberge workshops and family, the critical fortunes of Faberge products, and the stylistic sources of the imperial eggs, while offering comments on the items on the items in the Kremlin and Forbes collections. The book also contains an illustrated catalogue of all known imperial eggs, a chronology of the House of Faberge, notes on its leading craftsmen, a selected bibliography, and a glossary.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Faberge: The Imperial Eggs, held at the San Diego Museum of Art (1989) and the Kremlin Armoury Museum, Moscow (1990).

Includes more than 120 full page colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0438
PUBLISHED: 1989
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
120 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $60.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MASTERPIECES FROM THE HOUSE OF FABERGE
by Alexander von Solodkoff, et. al

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Former Russian objects expert at Christie's London, Alexander von Solodkoff explores the fascinating story of the House of Faberge and in particular the creative son of the founder Carl Faberge who was allowed the freedom to start creating the egg shaped trinkets that became so popular. Solodkoff also looks at the audience who where purchasing these extravagant items, from royalty to fashionable clientele. This book also features in-depth essays on the firm's history by leading Faberge experts.

Includes more than 350 colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0439
PUBLISHED: 1986
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
192 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE EGGS
A Retrospective Encyclopedia
by Will Lowes and Christel Ludwig McCanless

English text. Illustrated!

The most complete reference available on Fabergé eggs, the Encyclopedia is the only work of its kind.

The introductory essay is the first ever to outline the personal relationships between the Russian Imperial Court Jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), and the two women he served, the Tsarina Alexandra and her mother-in-law, the Dowager Empress Marie. The second essay traces the Imperial Easter eggs after the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

The main part of the book provides comprehensive information about 66 Fabergé eggs, including the names of the work master and his assistants (where known), the marks, materials used, dimensions, technical descriptions, background notes, provenance detail, all known public exhibitions, and extensive reference citations. The citations cover materials in English, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, and Finnish, and are arranged by types of publication.

The "Who's Who" section profiles over 500 artisans and companies who worked for, or with, Fabergé . It includes work master marks and important new archival material.

Appendix I details 16 Fabergé egg auctions. Appendix II (Exhibitions, 1900-1997) describes over 100 Fabergé exhibitions worldwide.

A glossary completes the volume. Not just an elegant volume about objets d'art or unequaled majesty, the Encyclopedia is the premier reference work on the subject, compiled by the world's leading experts.

Includes 30 colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0440
PUBLISHED: 2001
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear to dust jacket, otherwise a VERY GOOD copy!
285 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CARL FABERGE
Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia
by A Kenneth Snowman

English text. Illustrated!

The repertoire of the Fabergé workshops at its peak represents the ultimate refinement of the goldsmith's art. Each piece was designed with the express purpose of bringing joy to its recipient. Working for the court of Imperial Russia, Fabergé and his craftsmen were able to fashion a wealth of fine objects, some simple, some elaborate, some ingenious, some surprising, but all inventively designed and meticulously executed. For Fabergé, gold was never just gold - it could be red or white green, and there were delightful effects to be had by contrasting the colours. Even the humblest pieces of hardstone --agate, chalcedony and quartz - were transformed into exquisite animal carvings, and their very imperfections were part of the craftsman's inspiration. When Fabergé's creations glitter with precious stones, these are used for their decorative effect, not just for their value. The accomplishments of the Fabergé workshop were not limited to precious metals and lapidary work: their enamelling techniques consistently reached a subtlety and brilliance of technique that had rarely been matched elsewhere - the work glows with richly coloured enamels used with unrivalled virtuosity. With such formidable expertise to draw upon and a clientele including not just the Russian but also European and Far Eastern royal families, Fabergé was not held back by technical or financial limitations: he could give free rein to his imagination. The results included a dazzling succession of masterpieces: carvings of animals and flowers, boxes of every shape and size, jewels, picture frames, automata, scent bottles, ikons, every sort of small decorative object and even one or two pieces of furniture, but above all the Russian Imperial Easter Eggs, which were made for the Tsar to give to the Tsarina on Easter morning. From 1884 to 1917, under Alexander III and Nicholas II, Fabergé and his craftsmen devoted all their skill and ingenuity to these extraordinary productions, each of which embodied a theme or hid a surprise. A. Kenneth Snowman's text represents the distillation of years of experience studying and dealing in Fabergé. Here are new insights into Fabergé's products, his workshops and retail shops, his patrons, customers and collectors. Amongst the previously unexplored aspects Mr. Snowman covers in this book is the building up of great collections of Fabergé pieces.

Includes 185 colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0441
PUBLISHED: 1983
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
160 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE
The Forbes Magazine Collection
by Hermione Waterfield

English text. Illustrated!

Published on the occasion of an Easter loan exhibition, April 11-May 22, 1973 at the New York Cultural Center in association with Fairleigh Dickinson University. Includes a foreword by Malcolm S. Forbes and an essays by Everett Fahy and Hermione Waterfield.

Includes 50 colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0446
PUBLISHED: 1973
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
115 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE
Russian Works of Art
Sotheby's

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Catalogue featuring more than 350 works by Faberge, Russian works of art and obects of vertu and silver. From the Sotheby's auction held in New York, on 12th December 1986.

Includes more than 200 colour/black & white photos!

ITEM #0448
PUBLISHED: 1986
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
120 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


K.(u.)K. MATROSENLEBEN 1860-1914
by Dieter Winkler

Imported from Austria. German text. Richly Illustrated.

This richly illustrated album features previously unpublished, unknown photographs of the daily, arduous service of the men who served in the Imperial and Royal) Austro-Hungarian Navy, 1860-1914.

Illustrated with 109 black & white photos.

ITEM #0423
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
120 Pages
Language: German
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SCHLOSS SCHONBRUNN
The State Apartments Guidebook
by George Kugler

Imported from Austria. English text. Richly Illustrated!

From the Blue Staircase to the Great Gallery, from the Chinese Cabinets to the Bergl Rooms on the Ground floor of the palace, from the palace theatre to the chapel, this volume provides a detailed guide to this jewel of Baroque architecture. Descriptions and photographs of each room and hall in the palace.

Richly illustrated with colour / black and white photographs!

ITEM #0430
PUBLISHED: 1995
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
172 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE GOLDEN BEES
The Story of the Bonapartes
by Theo Larson

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

Napoleon III, being accused on one occasion of having nothing of the Great Napoleon about him, replied with as much exasperation as wit, that he did, on the contrary, have his relations.

This book is a domestic chronicle of the incredible Bonaparte family, a greedy, amorous, quarrelsome and hot-blooded Corsican clan who provided nineteenth-century Europe — and America — not only with two French emperors, but also with a dazzling assortment of pretenders and parvenus, statesmen and eccentrics, great ladies and adventuresses.

Plumped on to the thrones of Europe by the career of Napoleon I, who probably took better care of his family than any conqueror in history, the Bonapartes survived the wreck of the two empires they ruled, buzzing around the honeypots of the continent with all the persistence of the imperial bees of Napoleon's crest.

This is a personal history, not a political one. It is the family, with its eccentricities, vulgarities and fascinations manifesting themselves in generation after generation, which holds the centre of the stage. The great political, economic and military events of the time are heard dimly as 'noises off'. Napoleon I himself appears as son, brother, husband, father and above all as founder of a dynasty, rather than as a great public figure.

But about the family, its feuds, its treacheries, its love affairs, its moments of greatness and of human tragedy, Mr Aronson seems to have missed not one good story, from the squabbles of Napoleon's rebellious sisters over the carrying of Josephine's train, to Hitler's remarkable deal with Petain for the return of the body of the Duke of Reichstadt to his father's tomb in the Invalides.

Mr Aronson paints his family portrait with a wealth of detail based on many years of research with historical documents and original records, letters, memoirs and family diaries — for, in the end, no one seems to have been able to tell quite such a lurid tale about a Bonaparte as another Bonaparte.

Illustrated with 38 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0432
PUBLISHED: 1964
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on dust jacket, signed by previous owner, otherwise VERY GOOD!
407 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 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


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
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: $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


ANNA OF ALL THE RUSSIAS
A Life of Anna Akhmatova
by Elaine Feinstein

English text. Illustrated.

In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to produce a revelatory portrait of both the artist and the woman.Anna Akhmatova rose to fame in the years before World War I, but she would pay a heavy price for the political and personal passions that informed her brilliant poetry. In Anna of All the Russias we see Akhmatova's work banned from 1925 until 1940 and again after World War II. We see her steadfast opposition to Stalin, even while her son was held in the Gulag. We see her abiding loyalty to such friends as Mandelstam, Shostakovich, and Pasternak as they faced Stalinist oppression. And we see how, through everything, Akhmatova continued to write, her poetry giving voice to the Russian people by whom she was, and still is, deeply loved.

Illustrated with 35 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0476
PUBLISHED: 2005
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Watermark on front cover, otherwise VERY GOOD!
331 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TCHAIKOVSKY
The Quest for the Inner Man
by Alexander Poznansky

English text. Illustrated.

This monumental 679-page biography is probably the fullest, most revealing account to date of Tchaikovsky's private life. Poznansky identifies the death of the composer's mother as a shattering experience for young Pyotr Ilyich, a source of deep existential melancholy. His hypersensitivity, forged by a child's feeling of paradise lost, would manifest in neurosis, insomnia and depressive fits marked by "a sense of insurmountable terror." A Yale University librarian, Poznansky explores the composer's obsessive fear of death, his idealized relationship with eccentric, free-thinking patron Nadezhda von Meck, the fiasco of his brief, unconsummated marriage, and his involvement in a homosexual subculture that simultaneously fascinated and repelled him. Drawing on Russian sources, the author refutes the theory that Tchaikovsky's death in 1893 at age 53 was a suicide forced upon him by a conspiracy of former classmates. "The story of a soul finding itself," this remarkable book casts only an indirect light on the relationship between Tchaikovsky's life and art, as the author omits extended discussion of the music.

Illustrated with 64 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0475
PUBLISHED: 1991
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
679 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $45.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


WESTERN EUROPEAN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS
of the 8th to the 16th Centuries
by Tamara Voronova & Andrei Sterligov

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Anyone fortunate enough to have held a medieval manuscript in his hands must have felt excited at this immediate contact with the past. Both famous and unknown authors wrote philosophical, natural scientific and theological treatises, romances about nights and courtly love; humanists and theologists translated and commented upon the classical literature of antiquity; travelers wrote descriptions of their incredible journeys; and ascetic chroniclers recorded and kept alive the historic events of their times for future generations. One can imagine a scribe constantly at work in a shop in some quiet narrow street of a medieval town, or a monk diligently reproducing the words of Holy Writ over and over again in a monastery scriptorium. The more elaborate and complicated the history behind a medieval manuscript and the more it was to read, cherished and admired, the greater its charm. Often this special charm is enhanced by the joy of seeing a highly professional, exquisite example of the art of a book illumination.

The National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg inherited the magnificent collection of medieval and Renaissance illustrated manuscripts originally in the imperial Library. Treasures from the National Library are reproduced in this unique volume, in all the brilliance of their original colour.

The collection includes missals and sacred texts, and a magnificent series of royal and princely manuscripts. There are also Renaissance manuscripts from England, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. The works embellished with illuminations include Bibles, books of hours, and other religious texts, as well as chronicles, herbals, and even works of fiction and poetry.

The detailed annotations and explanations give the provenance of each work and there is an extensive bibliography.

The St. Petersburg Public Library in Russia houses many treasures and collections, one of which is their well-preserved illuminated manuscripts. This book shows the collection in all its glory, providing 374 illustrations of these miniatures and illuminations, almost all in full color.

This book is in MINT condition, still in its original shrink wrap, never been opened!

ITEM #0421
PUBLISHED: 1997
LARGE Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
375 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SIR LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA
by Russell Ash

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was arguably the most successful painter of the Victorian era. For over sixty years he cleverly gave his audience precisely what they wanted. This book is the definitive study of an artist whose sumptuous and stunningly lit scenes have a freshness and immediacy that ever today, a century after they were first exhibited, still have the power to amaze.

The paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema reveal much about 19th-century values. His languid women posed against white marble in dazzling sunlight, his forays into sentimentality, escapism and hedonism were adored by the Victorian public. He acquired fame, honour and wealth, only to have his pre-eminence undermined by the changing tastes of a subsequent generation. This book features his work from private and public collections, in large-format colour plates.

Includes 40 superb full-page colour art plates + 25 additional photographs, bibliography, and a list of Alma-Tadema's paintings in public collections

ITEM #0370
PUBLISHED: 1990
LARGE Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
92 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CLASSIC RUSSIAN CUISINE
A Magnificent Selection of More Than 400 Traditional Recipes
by Alla Sacharow

1st US Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated!

Alla Sacharow's passion for Russian cooking springs from her devotion to her native land. For this unique collection she has assmebled 450 recipes, chosen from among thousands, and creates a culinary tour of her homeland. More than 130 full-color photos illustrate the recipes and the art of presentation, and reflect both the Russian countryside and Russian culture.

ITEM #0368
PUBLISHED: 1989
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
278 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE FOOD AND COOKING OF RUSSIA
by Lesley Chamberlain

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated.

This pioneering cookbook, when it first appeared, recorded the author’s experience of the people, their culture and their history, at a time when Russia was a politically closed country behind the Iron Curtain. With practical instructions and background history on more than two hundred recipes, from blini to cabbage soup, Russian Easter Cake to ‘Russian salad’, this book revealed how everyday life continued despite political repression. Russian food was a rich subject for the thinking cook to explore. Since its first publication in 1982, when one critic said 'I read it like a novel’, this fine collection of recipes has become a classic.

ITEM #0362
PUBLISHED: 1982
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
330 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TASTE OF RUSSIA
A Cookbook of Russian Hospitality
by Darra Goldstein

1st US Edition. English text.

A definitive modern cookbook on Russian cuisine, "A Taste of Russia" layers superbly researched recipes with informative essays on the dishes' rich historical and cultural context. With over 200 recipes on everything from borsch to blini, from Salmon Coulbiac to Beef Stew, from Marinated Mushrooms to Black Bread, Goldstein shows off the best that Russian cooking has to offer.

ITEM #0361
PUBLISHED: 1983
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
304 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ART OF RUSSIAN CUISINE
by Anne Volokh

1st US Edition. English text.

The Art of Russian Cuisine is almost as immense as the vast expanses of Mother Russia. Filled with 500 recipes for classic Russian dishes, it also provides a history of Russian food and culinary life. Anne Volokh, a Russian food writer who eventually emigrated to the U.S., enlivens her work by including passages from Russian literature and historical works. She concentrates on authentic cooking, often drawing recipes from A Gift to Young Housewives written by Ellena Molokhovets in the 1870s. The result brings to life how Russians ate when their rivers ran thick with fish and aristocrats had French chefs invent elaborate dishes like Veal Orloff, made with two creamy sauces.

ITEM #0359
PUBLISHED: 1983
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
632 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TURGENEV
by Henri Troyat

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

Ivan Turgenev was a misfit. Although Russian to the soles of his feet, he was happy only when living abroad. For decades he passionately pursued a stoop-shouldered soprano who responded only with kind words. He drew close to Tsar-hating conspirators, mistrusted revolution and was scorned by conservatives and leftists alike. This engrossing, brisk biography by the French biographer of Tolstoy, Gogol and Chekhov offers no major personal revelations or stunning literary insights. Troyat's achievement in this down-to-earth, concise narrative is to take the measure of a sensitive man torn between literature and love, between Slavophile longings and an attraction to Western liberal ways. There are unforgettable scenes: Turgenev showing Tolstoy how the can-can is danced in Paris; young Ivan, a dandified student in Germany, watched over by a male secretary who is actually his bastard half-brother; Dostoyevsky goading the rootless aristocrat into a towering rage. Troyat seamlessly interweaves Turgenev's letters and journal entries to pin down his enigmatic subject.

Includes 31 black and white photographs.

ITEM #0364
PUBLISHED: 2018
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
184 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


Документы. Фотографии. Рукописи
Lev Tolstoi. Documents, Photographs, Manuscripts
by M. Shengelia, Lydia Opulskaya

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Richly Illustrated!

This is a large, heavy photo-album filled with hundreds of rare vintage photographs of Russian author Lev Tolstoy (1828-1910), his residences in Moscow and Yasnaya Polyana, as well as other places and the people associated with his life. It includes documents, diary entries, and letters to/from Tolstoy to his wife, his children, among many others.

Includes more than 800 colour / black and white photographs.

ITEM #0365
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
608 pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Noblesse & Royauté 13/14 Juin 2019
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 13th and 14th June 2019.

The sale featured a stunning collection of more than 500 rare and unique pieces of Noblesse & Royauté from the private collections of the Princes Lobanov-Rostovsky, Adolphe Dupuis.

Includes items of the Houses of Bourbon, Orleans, Napoleon, Savoy, and a magnificent collection of Romanov photographs.

Includes more than 500 colour / black & white photographs and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0467
PUBLISHED: 2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
132 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Mobilier & Objets D'Art 24 Mai 2019
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 24th May 2019.

The sale featured a stunning collection of 367 rare and unique pieces of works of art.

The auction features furniture, paintings, sculptures, porcelain, silverware, portraits,and much more.

Includes nearly 400 colour and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0466
PUBLISHED: 2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
224 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Art Russe 19 Avril 2019
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 19th April 2019.

The sale offered items of Russian Imperial provenance from the collection of Baron von der Oelsnitz. Nearly 400 rare and unique pieces are featured in this catalogue.

Includes Romanov correspondence and photographs!

Includes nearly 400 colour and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0449
PUBLISHED: 2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
120 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Noblesse & Royauté / Art Russe 7 November 2018
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 7th November 2018.

The sale featured a stunning collection of more than 600 rare and unique pieces of Noblesse & Royauté and Art Russe: Bourbon, Orleans, Napoleon, Royal Families, French nobility, Romanov, Faberge, etc.

Includes Romanov correspondence and photographs!

Includes more than 600 colour / black & white photographs and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0417
PUBLISHED: 2018
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
168 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Mobilier & Objets D'Art 30 Mai 2018
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 30th May 2018.

The sale featured a stunning collection of 385 rare and unique pieces of furniture and works of art.

The auction features furniture, paintings, sculptures, lace, silverware, portraits,and much more.

Includes 385 colour / black & white photographs and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0383
PUBLISHED: 2018
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
224 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Mobilier & Objets D'Art 28 Novembre 2018
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 28th November 2018.

The sale featured a stunning collection of 354 rare and unique pieces of Haute époque and Orientalisme.

The auction features furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries, lace, silverware, portraits,and much more.

Includes more than 350 colour photographs and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0421
PUBLISHED: 2018
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
208 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance