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

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

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

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


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

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

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


BOURBON-ORLEANS
A Family Album
by Prince Michael of Greece

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

Over 200 Black & White Photographs!

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


Die Verschollenen Tagebücher Franz Josephs
by Anna Maria Sigmund

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Frederick III
Germany's Liberal Emperor
by Patricia Kollander

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

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

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


THE GRAND DUKES OF OLDENBURG
by David McIntosh

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Princes Under the Volcano
by Raleigh Trevelyan

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

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


Princesses on the Wards
Royal Women in Nursing Through Wars and Revolutions
by Coryne Hall

Queens and princesses have always shown care and compassion, but many went much further. They were not afraid to roll up their sleeves, work in wards or help in field hospitals and operating theatres, despite their sheltered upbringings. Through wars and revolutions across Europe, their experiences were similar to those of thousands of other nurses, but this is the first time that their involvement in nursing and the extent of their influence on the profession has been detailed in full.

Beginning with two daughters of Queen Victoria – Princess Alice and Princess Helena – this book looks at the difficulties these royals faced while carving a worthwhile role in an age when the place of a well-born woman was considered to be in the home. Empress Alexandra of Russia, Queen Marie of Romania, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Alice of Greece (mother of the Duke of Edinburgh) were just a few of Queen Victoria’s relatives who set an example of service well beyond that considered necessary for their rank. Not all of them were fully trained nurses, but each made a positive contribution towards alleviating suffering which cannot be overestimated

ITEM #7356
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
231 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 40.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

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

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


RUDOLPH
Ein Leben im Schatten von Mayerling
Exhibition Catalogue

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

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


Sachsens letzter Konig
Friedrich August III
by Walter Fellman

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

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


The Soldier Kings
The House of Hohenzollern
by Walter Henry Nelson

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Edward & Alexandra
Their Private & Public Lives
by Richard Hough

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Queen Mother
by Helene McGowan

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

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


Royal Palaces
Buckingham Palace
A Royal Collection Book

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

***Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photographs!

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


The Royal Residences of Great Britain
by Neville Williams

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


ANASTASIA'S ALBUM
by Hugh Brewster

Illustrated with more than 130 colour and black & white photos and illustrations!

The life and gruesome death of the last Tsar of Russia and his family have fascinated readers for decades. Even more intriguing is speculation about the fate of his youngest daughter, Anastasia. Did she or didn’t she escape the assassins’ bullets? Hugh Brewster can’t give us a definite answer about that but he does an excellent job of filling in the background details. He has selected judiciously from the myriad pictures taken by the young Grand Duchess herself and added archival photos and newly shot colour pictures of Romanov palaces and artifacts to recreate Anastasia’s life from birth to that horrible moment when, 17 years later, the family was murdered in a small basement room by their Bolshevik guards.

As the title suggests, Anastasia relates much of her own story through photos and excerpts from letters.This is a family story: typical in its sibling sparrings, family trips to the seaside, the necessity of finishing schoolwork correctly; atypical in the opulence of the surroundings and the isolation of the family from the world outside the palace gates. But reality ultimately forces its way into Anastasia’s circumscribed world and Brewster deftly explains enough of the history behind the Tsar’s forced abdication to make the family’s imprisonment and later assassination comprehensible to readers with no background knowledge of the period. While the last chapter does not shrink from details of the family’s last hours, it doesn’t dwell on the horror. Brief mention is made of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia, and of the DNA evidence that proved she wasn’t. Anastasia’s Album is engrossing and enjoyable as a picture storybook. The glossary and list of sources make it a useful reference tool as well.

ITEM #7352
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
64 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 CAD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

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

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

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


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

Countess Olga "Lala" Hendrikoff was born into the Russian aristocracy, serving as lady-in-waiting to the Empresses and enjoying a life of great privilege. But on the eve of her wedding in 1914 came the first rumours of an impending war - a war that would change her life forever and force her to flee her country as a stateless person, with no country to call home.

Spanning two of the most turbulent times in modern history - World War I in Russia and World War II in Paris - Countess Hendrikoff's journals demonstrate the uncertainty, horror and hope of daily life in the midst of turmoil. Her razor-sharp insight, wit and sense of humour create a fascinating eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution and the Occupation and Liberation of Paris.

In A Countess in Limbo, Countess Hendrikoff tells her remarkable true story that includes the loss of her brother in the Russian Gulag, her sister-in-law murdered with the Russian Imperial family at Ekaterinburg, and herself being robbed at gunpoint and accused of being a spy by the Nazis. She also speaks of the daily life that continues during wartime - ration cards and food restrictions, the black market, and the struggle just to get by for another day. Her gripping story and thoughtful analysis provide an invaluable look at life and humanity in the face of war.

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


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

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

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

ITEM #7187
PUBLISHED:2012
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
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DIARY OF OLGA ROMANOV
Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution
by Helen Azar

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITEM #2300
PUBLISHED: 2013
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180 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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ELLA
Princess, Saint and Martyr
by Christopher Warwick

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

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

ITEM #2102
PUBLISHED: 2006
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340 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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The Escape of Alexei:
Son of Tsar Nicholas II
by Vadim Petrov, Igor Lysenho and Georgy Egorov

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

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

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

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

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

ITEM #7331
PUBLISHED: 1999
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240 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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Faberge's Eggs
One Man's Masterpieces and the End of an Empire
by Toby Faber

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

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

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

ITEM #2276
PUBLISHED: 2009
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324 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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THE FALL OF THE ROMANOVS
by Mark D. Steinberg and Vladimir M. Khrustalev

The compelling and poignant story of the arrest, captivity, and execution of the last tsar of Russia and his family during the revolution of 1917-1918 has been recounted—and romanticized—for decades. Now a new book explores the full range of events and reveals the thoughts, perceptions, and judgments of the individuals involved—Nicholas and Alexandra, their children, and the men who guarded and eventually killed them.

This deeply moving book is based on documents and photographs from recently opened Russian archives and from Western collections. The documents, which appear for the first time in English (the language in which some of them were originally written), include correspondence between Nicholas and Alexandra during the February 1917 revolution; portions of their diaries; minutes of government meetings, telegrams, and other official papers concerning the arrest, confinement, and execution of the Romanovs; letters written by the captive tsar and his family to friends and relatives; appeals from Russian citizens concerning the fate of the Romanovs; and testimonies by the revolutionaries who guarded and executed them.

Mark D. Steinberg sets the stage for this dramatic saga of revolution in a text that provides engrossing narrative and sensitive exploration of ideas and values and that draws on the whole range of archival and published documents. He and Vladimir M. Khrustalëv also provide notes identifying people and explaining terms. Together, the text and documents challenge the conventional image of Nicholas as weak and witless and of Alexandra as either the preoccupied mother of a hemophiliac heir or as the treasonous "German empress." Instead they tell an ironic tale of individuals whose fatalistic spirituality and unbending faith in an archaic political culture allowed them to fall victim to revolutionaries whose political dreams had yet to be proven false.

ITEM #7357
PUBLISHED: 1995
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444 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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GRAND DUCHESS ELIZABETH FEODOROVNA PHOTO ALBUM
Imported from Russia

English & Russian text. Illustrated with 175 sepia photographs!

A beautiful album, bound in imitation leather explores the life of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. The album is laid out chronologically from her years as a princess of Hesse, through her years in Russia as a grand duchess and wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, and finally as a nun and founder of the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow.

Richly illustrated throughout with 175 sepia coloured photographs. The text and captions are written in both English and Russian. This handsome volume was published by the Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow. A real collectors item!

ITEM #7355
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
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199 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English & Russian
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GRAND DUKE SERGEI ALEXANDROVICH Diaries, Letters and Documents, 1884-1894 (Text in Russian)
Volume IV

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

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

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

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

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

ITEM #7191
PUBLISHED:2011
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672 Pages, 48 Colour and Sepia
Language: Russian
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HIGH SOCIETY DINNERS
Dining in Tsarist Russia
by Yuti Lotman and Jelena Pogosjan

High Society Dinners offers extraordinary insight into the domestic arrangements of the Russian aristocracy, presenting nine months' worth of menus served in St Petersburg to the guests of Petr Durnovo (1835 - 1918), Adjutant-General of the Tsar's Imperial Suite, part of an important late-19th-century dynasty that included ministers and high officials. The menus themselves would be useful enough for what they reveal about culinary culture in Russia, but Yuri Lotman's commentary is invaluable, dissecting the dining rituals and the social circles of the participants. Durnovo's menus and guest lists, interspersed with extracts from family letters and the leading newspapers and journals of the day, set in context the domestic and gastronomic underpinnings of life in this group at the heart of the Russian empire.

ITEM #7353
PUBLISHED: 2014
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444 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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Hvidøre: A Royal Retreat
by Coryne Hall and Senta Driver

Why did Queen Alexandra and her sister, the Dowager Empress, decide to buy a private villa in Denmark, and what were the circumstances that forced the exiled Empress to make it her new home? Coryne Hall tells the fascinating story of two famous sisters and their Royal Retreat. Magnificent original illustrations from a private collection. In 1906 Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and her sister, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia purchased Hvidøre, a villa on the Danish coast, as their private home. Until 1914, the sisters visited the property every autumn, entertaining friends and many royal relatives in an informal atmosphere. It was indeed a royal retreat.

The First World War put an end to these happy times but in 1919, now exiled from Russia, the Dowager Empress Marie made the villa her home and Hvidøre became her Court in exile. In 1920 she was joined by her daughter, the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and her family, who all lived at Hvidøre, not always happily, until the Empress's death in 1928.

Hvidøre: A Royal Retreat tells the story of the purchase, renovation, the many royal visitors and finally the sale of this forgotten royal home. This beautiful and informative book is filled with magnificent original photographs from a private collection.

100 Black & White Photographs

ITEM #2283
PUBLISHED: 2012
Large Hard Cover Edition
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96 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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LAST DAYS OF THE ROMANOVS
Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
by Helen Rappaport

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

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

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

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

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

ITEM #2152
PUBLISHED: 2010
Hard Cover Edition
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288 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of the Last Tsar of Russia
by Rosemary and Donald Crawford

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

ITEM #7076
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
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448 Pages, 60 Black and White Photos
Language: English
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The Quest for Anastasia:
Solving the Mystery of the Lost Romanovs
by John Klier

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

ITEM #7332
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
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246 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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ST. PETERSBURG
Architecture of the Tsars
Photography by Alex Orloff / Text by Dmitri Shvidkovsky

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

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

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

ITEM #2282
PUBLISHED: 1996
Large Hard Cover Edition
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360 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the World's Greatest Railroad
by Christian Wolmar

It is the world’s longest railway line. But it is so much more than that, too. The Trans-Siberian stretches nearly 6,000 miles between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast and was the most ambitious railway project in the nineteenth century. A journey on the railway evokes a romantic roam through the Russian steppes, but also reminds travellers of the vastness of our world and hints at the hardships that were endured in its construction.

To the Edge of the World tells the story of the Trans-Siberian railway from its conception and construction under Tsar Alexander III, to the crazy northern extension, the Baikal Amur Mainline, the world’s costliest rail project, ordered by Brezhnev The Transsiberian may have been an overambitious project, but today it is a vital artery for Siberia and its construction changed history. The book also explores the crucial role the line played in both the Russian Civil War -Trotsky famously used an armoured carriage as his command post – and the Second World War, during which the railway saved the country from certain defeat.

Like the author’s previous railway histories, it focuses on the personalities, as well as the political and economic events, that lay behind one of the most extraordinary engineering triumphs of the nineteenth century. For anyone interested in Russian history, or who is planning to travel on the Trans-Siberian, this is an essential read.

ITEM #7354
PUBLISHED: 2013
Hard Cover Edition
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283 Pages, Illustrated
Language: English
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The Tragic Dynasty: A History of the Romanovs
by John Bergamini

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

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


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

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

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



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