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COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Noblesse & Royaute 20 Juin 2018
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associes hosts an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 20th June 2018.

The sale features 460 rare and unique items from the French (Bourbon, Orleans, nobility), Russian (Romanov) and European royal families.

The auction features militaria, icons, framed portraits and photographs, porcelain, jewellery, books, furniture, postcards and photographs, letters, PLUS the diaries and documents of Count Alexei Nikolaevich Ignatieff (1874-1948), and much more.

Includes 460 colour / black & white photographs and descriptions (in French)!

ITEM #0382
PUBLISHED: 2018
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
144 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 & Associes 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


RUSSIA 1917
The Unpublished Revolution
by Jonathan Sanders

1st US Edition. English text. Richly Illustrated!

In 'Russia 1917: The Unpublished Revolution', more than 300 photographs tell the story of that tumultuous year month by month. The majority of the photos come from Soviet archives and have never been published in the West before. Many have been printed from the original glass negatives, selected by the author, Dr. Jonathan Sanders, who was granted unprecedented access to Soviet archives for a Western scholar. His provacative introduction takes a fresh look at the events and personalities of 1917 and offers a penetrating historical analysis of the Revolution's underlying causes.

Includes more than 300 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0392
PUBLISHED: 1989
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
260 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


WINDOWS ON THE RIVER NEVA
by Paul Grabbe

English text. Illustrated!

Life in pre-Revolutionary Russia through eyes of a spirited young boy growing up in luxurious surroundings when Tsardom was ready to explode in revolution.

Paul Grabbe was born in St Petersburg in 1902. Until he was 15 years old, he led the charmed, protective life of those at the top of pre-Revolutionary society. His father, General Count Alexander Grabbe, of hereditary nobility, belonged to the small and intimate circle of Tsar Nicholas II.

Includes 25 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0390
PUBLISHED: 1977
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Signature on inside front page, spine starting to crack, otherwise an VERY GOOD copy!
111 pages
Language: 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


TO SAVE RUSSIA
The Reincarnation of Nicholas II
by Donald Norsic

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

This is a story about an American man, and his extraordinary achievement. It is also a story about Russia in the grand tradition of the great Russian epics, containing a sweep as vast, and a grandeur as sublime, as the classical novels for which Russia is famous. Within its pages will be found all of the ingredients that have made Russian culture fascinating: mysteries and mysticism, miracles and faith, the purity and loftiness of Utopian ideals, and the most Russian of concepts, synonymous with Russia's greatness and inseparable from Russia itself - the Tsar. Above all, it is a story of love and duty that transcend death.

To Save Russia is not fiction, however. Everything related within it actually occurred and was the true experience of a native of the Midwest. The amazing journey of self-discovery of this American, from the story's opening words, "They've come to kill me!" to his final persuasion, a graphological study that affirms that his handwriting and that of Nicholas II indicate that both scripts had the same intellect as their source (a first of its kind), is its own substantial tale within a tale, incorporating multiple levels of experience, research, and dovetailing support. The primary thrust of this work, however, and the reason for which everything earlier occurred, is the overwhelming evidence demonstrating that Nicholas II returned in order to free his people of the terrible burden placed on them by Lenin and to overthrow the Soviet system in Russia, and was in fact instrumental in the accomplishment of that achievement.

To Save Russia is the stunning account of the connection of Donald Norsic, across time, with the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. This book will challenge historians and scholars for a long time to come. It is also a gauntlet thrown at the feet of science as well, because it challenges virtually every major assumption we make about hte nature of human consciousness and its localization to the here-and-now.

Includes 14 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0389
PUBLISHED: 1998
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
379 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIA & BRITAIN
by Douglas Crankshaw

English text. Illustrated!

Edward Crankshaw (3 January 1909 – 30 November 1984), was a British writer, author, translator and commentator; best known for his work on Russian history and Soviet affairs.

In this volume, he traces the historical contacts between Russia and England.

Includes 11 colour and 70 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0388
PUBLISHED: 1945
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: VERY GOOD!
128 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DOOMSDAY 1917
The Destruction of Russia's Ruling Class
by Douglas Brown

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

An examination of the start of the Russian Revolution. While in the midst of WWI the unrest led to the abdication and eventual execution of the Tsar. Brown documents the changes to the once ruling class of Russian society.

Includes 14 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0387
PUBLISHED: 1976
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
204 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE IMPERIAL ST PETERSBURG
History. Architecture. Art.
by Alexander Tropkin

Imported from Russia. English text. Illustrated!

This richly illustrated guide focuses on the Imperial or Tsarist capital of the Russian Empire, St Petersburg. It provides details about the Imperial and noble palaces, museums, churches, and much more.

Richly illustrated with colour and black & white photographs!

ITEM #0386
PUBLISHED: 2000
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
216 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $15.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


REFORM AND REGICIDE
The Reign of Peter III of Russia
by Carol S. Leonard

English text.

The victim of a coup engineered by his wife, the future Catherine the Great, who portrayed him as "a libertine, a halfwit, and a drunkard whose contempt for ordinary decency and for his country made imperative his removal," Emperor Peter III has received short shrift from Russian and Western historians. Challenging traditional interpretations, Carol S. Leonard argues that the policies and legislation pursued by Peter III during his short reign in 1762 were not foolish and arbitrary but rather were firmly rooted in the traditions of Russian absolutism and the intellectual climate of the mid-eighteenth century.

Leonard views Peter III as a serious ruler who, with a circle of talented advisors, instituted fundamental changes of an enlightened nature. Important turning points during Peter III's reign involved the emancipation of the nobility from compulsory service, the secularization of church property, the institution of progressive economic policies, the extrication of Russia from its costly participation in the Seven Years War, and the inception of an alliance with Prussia that was to be the cornerstone of Russian foreign policy through much of the Imperial period.

An excellent biography on one of Russia's little known tsars!<

ITEM #0385
PUBLISHED: 1993
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
232 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $40.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ALEXANDER II
The Last Great Tsar
by Edvard Radzinsky

English text. Illustrated!

Edvard Radzinsky is justly famous as both a biographer and a dramatist, and he brings both skills to bear in this vivid, page-turning, rich portrait of one of the greatest of all Romanovs. Alexander II was Russia's Lincoln -- he freed the serfs, promised a new, more liberal state for everyone, yet was brought down by a determined group of terrorist anarchists who tried to kill him six times before finally, fatefully, succeeding. His story proves the timeless lesson that in Russia, it is dangerous to start reforms, but even more dangerous to stop them. It also shows that the traps and dangers encountered in today's war on terrorists were there 150 years ago.

Includes 55 black & white photographs!

Remainder mark on bottom of book, otherwise copy is in MINT condition!

ITEM #0380
PUBLISHED: 2005
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
462 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 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


THE LAST EMPRESS
The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia
by Greg King

English text. Illustrated!

The Last Empress is the compelling biography of the woman credited as a force in destroying the Russian Empire. The first major book on Alexandra in 30 years, this definitive work presents an unbiased account of the empress's life, including her dominant role in Russian politics and her involvement with the infamous Rasputin.

Includes 52 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0070
PUBLISHED: 1994
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
431 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


THE EMPRESS & THE ARCHITECT
British Architecture and Gardens in the Court of Catherine the Great
by Dimitri Shvidkovsky

English text. Richly Illustrated!

In August 1779, Charles Cameron, a Scottish architect based in London, set sail for St. Petersburg. He had been summoned by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, to create a magnificent architectural setting for the splendours and extravagances of her court - most especially the two luxurious palace ensembles outside St. Petersburg at Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk. His reputation prior to his arrival in Russia was based almost entirely on his authorship of a book on the baths of ancient Rome - he had built nothing as yet - but while serving as Architect to Her Imperial Majesty, Cameron was responsible for some of the most dazzling and original architectural creations of the eighteenth century. This book tells a fascinating story of enterprise, initiative, amazing patronage and very remarkable architectural achievements on a large scale, all of which took place within a unique historical and cultural context.

Dimitri Shvidkovsky weaves together the intriguing, and still not completely documented biography of an enigmatic architect - possibly a Jacobite rebel and exile - and the life of the great Russian ruler, Catherine II. This is set against the backdrop of the rapidly developing influence of British culture on Russian society. Architects, park designers and gardeners from England and Scotland were to be found in every part of Russia by the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century, helping to establish a particular form of design whose cultural impact was made all the more dramatic by its adoption and development by native Russian architects and designers.

This book, ravishingly illustrated with views of the palaces and gardens of imperial Russia - many now destroyed - places Russian architecture and garden design of the neo-classical period within its European context for the first time, and explores the hitherto neglected connections between British and Russian architecture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It offers a fascinating and original account of Russian culture in this period.

Includes more than 100 colour and 190 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0372
PUBLISHED: 1996
LARGE Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
273 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


THE PALACES OF LENINGRAD
by Victor and Audrey Kennett

English text. Illustrated!

This beautifully illustrated coffee table book, was one of the first English language books published on the palaces of the Russian Imperial family and nobility, in and around St Petersburg. Includes comprehensive text on the history and construction of each palace, descriptions of historic interiors, etc.

The St Petersburg palaces include: Menshikov Palace, Kikina Palace, Summer Palace, Winter Palace, Anichkov Palace, Chesme Palace and Church, Tavrichesky (Tauride) Palace, Kamennostrovsky Palace, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Mikhailovsky (Michael or Engineers) Castle, Yelagin Palace, Mikhailovsky (Michael) Palace, Stroganov Palace, Sheremetev Palace, and Shuvalov Palace.

Other chapters feature the palaces of Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Oranienbaum, and the architects.

Includes 240 black and white photographs, including 31 colour plates.

ITEM #0111
PUBLISHED: 1984
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
288 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $125.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ST PETERSBURG
The Hidden Interiors
by Katya Galitzine

1st UK Edition. English text. Illustrated!

Katya Galitzine was one of the first descendants of a Russian emigre to return to Russia to investigate her heritage. For this book she has unearthed an incredible variety of locations, ranging from the previously unseen interiors of some well-known buildings to truly unexpected places which illustrate the hidden historical and architectural beauty of St Petersburg.

The photographs - most of which feature interiors that have never been published before, due to the difficulty of gaining access - are complemented by a text based on a personal viewpoint of a city which has undergone tremendous changes since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Each location is described with information on its history and design, as well as fascinating anecdotes about what has - and still is - happening there.

The result is a visually exciting tour of some of St Petersburg's mysteries and secrets, unveiling interiors from all periods of the city's history, but focusing mainly on the Tsarist era. This beautifully illustrated coffee table book offers an introduction to a spectacular city, and is full of surprises for those who thought they knew the city well.

Includes 335 colour photographs by Leonid Bogdanov, Oleg Trubsky and Pavel Demidof.

ITEM #0113
PUBLISHED: 1999
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor tear on dust jacket, contents and binding in MINT condition!
240 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


Дневники императора Николая II. Том I. 1894 - 1904
Diaries of Emperor Nicholas II. Vol. I (1894-1904)

Imported from Russia. Russian text. Illustrated!

The first volume of the full edition of the diary of Nicholas II for 1894-1904 was published by the staff of the State Archives of the Russian Federation and the Historical Faculty of the Moscow University.

More than 1,000 pages! Includes 95 black and white photographs.

ITEM #0353
PUBLISHED: 2011
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
1,100 pages
Language: Russian
PRICE: $75.00 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


MICHAEL & NATASHA
The Life and Love of the Last Tsar of Russia
by Rosemary and Donald Crawford

English text. Illustrated!

Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign. Based on private diaries, letters, and documents long hidden in the Soviet archives, it sheds light on an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told. He was the Grand Duke Michael Aleksandrovich, the tall, dashing brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was Nathalie Wulfert, a beautiful, elegant, intelligent, divorced commoner, and the wife of a Guards officer under Michael's command. Everything was wrong...yet for Grand Duke Michael, it was love at first sight-an obsession that would lead to disgrace, humiliation, and exile.

Much of Michael and Natasha's story is told in their own words, through hundreds of hitherto unpublished letters. Here they reveal their passion, their joy, and their despair as they are banished from their own country, bathed in scandal in the courts of Europe, and forced to suffer cruel separation. But more than a love story, Michael and Natasha is a historical drama played out against the elegant background of a bygone age and a world at war. It is a spell-binding account of Michael's return to Russia, his reputation as a war hero, the downfall of Nicholas II, the strange and short reign of Grand Duke Michael, and the cruel and tragic end of one of the most colorful eras in world history.

Includes 60 black and white photographs

ITEM #0340
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
448 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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
PRICE: $50.00 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


GRAND DUCHESS MARIA PAVLOVNA
by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova

Imported from Russia. English text. Illustrated.

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

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

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

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

Includes 20 Chapters and 325 Black & White Illustrations!

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


THE ALEXANDER PALACE
Pages from the History
by Larissa Bardovskaya

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

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

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

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

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

Richly illustrated with 60 photographs - mostly colour!

ITEM #0148
PUBLISHED: 2008
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
34 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $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


RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
by B. Karpov and I. Ulyanova

Imported from Russia. English text. Richly Illustrated.

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

Includes more than 340 colour photographs!

ITEM #0300
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Minor wear on cover, otherwise an excellent copy!
216 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TSAR
The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Peter Kurth

English text. Richly Illustrated.

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

Includes 125 colour and 250 black and white photographs!

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


OLD TBILISI
by Tamaz Gersamia

English/Russian/Georgian text. Richly Illustrated.

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

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

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

ITEM #0259
PUBLISHED: 1984
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
277 pages
Language: English/Russian/Georgian
PRICE: $75.00 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


THE REAL ROMANOVS
As Revealed by the Late Tsar’s Physician and His Son
by Gleb Botkin

Reprint of the original edition published in 1931

Gleb Botkin was born in Finland in 1900. He was the youngest son of Dr. Eugene Botkin, who, in 1908, was appointed personal physician to the Russian Emperor, Nicholas II. During the ten years that followed, Dr. Botkin lived under the white light which beat about the throne of the Tsar of all the Russias, at Tsarskoye Selo; witnessed the stormy scenes of the Revolution, and shared with his father and the ill-fated Romanovs the darkening days of Siberian exile, which terminated at Ekaterinburg, 17 July, 1918, amid a scene of blood and horror, in which the Tsar, his immediate family and attendants, and Dr. Botkin perished. Escaping from Soviet Russia by way of Japan, Gleb Botkin came to America in 1922, where he lived until his death in 1969.

The Real Romanovs is a highly favorable portrayal of Nicholas II and his relationship with his family, and a detailed discussion of the arrest, incarceration, and execution of the Romanovs. The author also gives special attention to the theory that Grand Duchess Anastasia was not among the members of the Imperial Family who were murdered at Ekaterinburg in 1918.

Illustrated with 20 black & white photos!

ITEM #0346
PUBLISHED: 1990s
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
336 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIA'S RULERS UNDER THE OLD REGIME
by Dominic Lieven

English text. Illustrated.

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

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

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

Includes 36 black & white illustrations.

ITEM #0203
PUBLISHED: 1990
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
406 Pages
Language: English & Russian
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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


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


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

English text. Richly Illustrated.

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

Illustrated with 140 Black and white photos!

ITEM #0356
PUBLISHED:2012
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW COPY
144 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: 25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE STORY OF THE CORONATION 1937
Edited by Sir John Hammerton

English text. Richly Illustrated.

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

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

Includes 330 black & white photographs and 6 colour art plates

ITEM #0318
PUBLISHED: 1937
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Wear and stain on cover, inscription on inside front page, otherwise a good, sturdy copy!
384 Pages
Language: English
PRICE: $75.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TCHAIKOVSKY
Through Others' Eyes
by Alexander Poznansky

English text. Illustrated!

This compilation of reminiscences about Tchaikovsky the man is unprecedented in English. The memoirs, diary entries, and interviews written and conducted by his contemporaries show us both the public and the private figure: the law student, the professor, the philanthropist, the loving brother and uncle, the intrepid traveler, and of course the composer and conductor. In more than 50 documents—some laudatory, others not—Tchaikovsky’s contemporaries speak of little-known facets of the composer’s life: foibles and mannerisms, politics and tastes, prejudices and preferences (sexual and otherwise). The result is a dynamic portrayal of the composer, with all the complexities and paradoxes of a real life.

Includes 32 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0384
PUBLISHED: 1999
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
311 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 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


CHRISTMAS IN RUSSIA

English text. Illustrated!

A holiday book that makes the rich sights and sounds of the Russian celebration come alive. Splendidly illustrated and vividly written, it communicates the exuberance of the Christmas season in Russia today, as it evokes the traditions and lore that enliven the celebration.

Contents include 'Christmas in Old Russia'; 'The Mummers Holiday from War and Peace'; 'Christmas in the Soviet Period'; 'The Legend of the Snow Maiden'; 'Christmas in the Russian Renaissance'; and more!

Includes more than 40 colour photographs!

ITEM #0375
PUBLISHED: 1993
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
80 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CLASSIC RUSSIAN COOKING
Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives
Translated and Introduced by Joyce Toomre

English text.

First published in 1861, this "bible" of Russian homemakers offered not only a compendium of recipes, but also instructions about such matters as setting up a kitchen, managing servants, shopping, and proper winter storage. Joyce Toomre has superbly translated and annotated over one thousand of the recipes and has written a thorough and fascinating introduction which discusses the history of Russian cuisine and summarizes Molokhovets’ advice on household management. A treasure trove for culinary historians, serious cooks and cookbook readers, and scholars of Russian history and culture.

ITEM #0367
PUBLISHED: 1992
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
680 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE FOOD & COOKING OF RUSSIA
by Elena Makhonko

English text. Richly Illustrated!

An exploration of the distinctive tastes and history of Russian cuisine, in a sumptuous book containing 60 authentic and delicious recipes.

Whether you want to create wholesome dishes based on those of the traditional agrarian Russian society, or enjoy luxurious food served at the imperial court of the tsars, the recipes in this book will provide you with the inspiration and knowledge to create classic Russian fare.

Introduces regional specialties from the Georgian, Ukrainian and Baltic traditions, as well as the classic, often French-inspired gastronomy of Moscow and St Petersburg.

Features a wide variety of recipes, from delicious Russian soups, tempting appetizers, wonderful fish, meat and vegetable dishes, to rich desserts, cakes and pastries.

Includes more than 300 stunning colour photographs with complete nutritional information provided for every recipe.

ITEM #0357
PUBLISHED: 2008
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
128 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 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


SAMOVAR
A Russian Cookbook
by Elizaveta Dmitrovna

Original 1946 Edition. English text.

The exquisite silver tea urn, pictured on the cover, travelled with Elizaveta Dmitrovna, and her mother before her, from Russia to China to America. Wherever she places her samovar seems home, for her first childhood memory was of tea. Her story, in the Foreword, of Christmas and Easter in Russian homes makes one hungry for a taste of the Easter bread and buns, the pancakes and puddings, spicey meats and fish, and the appetizers which she calls "Zakoussky."

ITEM #0360
PUBLISHED: 1946
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Small glue stains on cover, but contents and binding are EXCELLENT!
103 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $15.00 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


RECIPES FROM MY RUSSIAN GRANDMOTHER'S KITCHEN
by Elena Makhonko

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Discover the rich and varied character of Russian cuisine in this richly illustrated cookbook, featuring 60 traditional and much-loved dishes such as Chicken Kiev, Pelmini (little dumplings), the salmon-filled pie Koulibiac, Stroganoff and the Easter dessert Paskha.

Includes more than 300 colour photographs!

ITEM #0358
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
128 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