FABERGE
Imperial Jeweler
by Geza von Habsburg-Lothringen and Marina Lopato

English text. Richly Illustrated!

Outstanding among the world's artistic treasures are the works of Russian jeweler and goldsmith Carl Faberge (1846-1920). In this lavishly illustrated book - the most comprehensive study of Faberge and his innovative creations to date - his legacy is illuminated against the background of royal patronage and his role as Imperial Jeweler to the Russian Court.

Faberge has long been associated with the Imperial Easter eggs produced for tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, yet these represent only a fraction of his workshops' output. His firm's close association with the Russian Imperial Family led to the creation of stunning jewelry and official objects to commemorate Nicholas II's coronation in 1896, hundreds of presentation gifts offered to visiting heads of state and dignitaries, and scores of works produced to honor the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty in 1913. Faberge's fame was not confined to Russia; his works were acclaimed throughout Europe as well, particularly after his sparkling miniature replica of the Russian crown jewels - crafted from 4,000 diamonds - was shown at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris.

A unique aspect of this book is the inclusion of myriad personal items and objets de fantaisie created by Faberge for his royal clientele in Russia and Europe: tiny hardstone animals carved for England's Queen Alexandra, a pair of wine coolers made for the golden wedding anniversary of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark, exquisite jeweled flowers in crystal vases, stunning picture frames, and elegant cigarette cases, among many other delights. At the turn of the last century, all facets of royal life in Europe - from births to weddings and anniversaries - merited unique gifts from Faberge.

This important volume reproduces more than 350 objects and drawings from Faberge's workshops, many previously little known in the West and nearly half from Russian collections. Twelve leading scholars from the United States, Europe, and Russia have contributed new perspectives on the designer, providing insights into the House of Faberge's history and operations in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London; the technical aspects of its production; and the newly discovered design books of Faberge's head workmaster Henrik Wigstrom.

One consequence of the recent collapse of the former Soviet Union has been the opening of Russian archives to scholars. Long-lost documents relating to Faberge and his relationship with the Russian court have garnered a wealth of new information that is published here for the first time. Included are the memoirs of Franz Birbaum, Faberge's most ingenious designer, whose writings offer a personal glimpse into the daily operations of the legendary jewelry firm. Also found in these Russian archives are rarely seen photographs of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, their children, and their relatives among European royal families.

Faberge: Imperial Jeweler serves as the catalogue of a landmark exhibition held in 1993-94 at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the monumental exhibition, as in this superb book, the vast production of the House of Faberge is examined anew and the genius of Carl Faberge celebrated with wonder and admiration.

Richly illustrated with 460 colour/black and white photos!

ITEM #0581
PUBLISHED: 1993
Large Heavy Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
476 pages
Language: English
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CARL FABERGE
Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia
by A. Kenneth Snowman

US EDITION. ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

From 1884 to 1917, under Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II, Fabergé and his craftsmen devoted all their skill and ingenuity to extraordinary productions, each of which embodied a theme or hid a surprise. A. Kenneth Snowman's text represents the distillation of years of experience studying and dealing in Fabergé. Here are new insights into Fabergé's products, his workshops and retail shops, his patrons, customers and collectors. Amongst the previously unexplored aspects Mr. Snowman covers in this book is the building up of great collections of Fabergé pieces.

Includes 185 photographs, including 100 in colour!

ITEM #0577
PUBLISHED: 1983
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
160 pages
Language: English
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FABERGE
Russian Works of Art
Sotheby's

English text. Richly Illustrated!

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

Includes more than 200 colour/black & white photos!

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


THE JEWEL ALBUM OF TSAR NICHOLAS II
and a Collection Private Photographs of the Russian Imperial Family
by Alexander von Solodkoff

ENGLISH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED!

NOTE: the green board slipcase shows some wear and tear, however, the album is in MINT condition.

Between 1889 and 1913 Nicholas II, Grand Duke, Tsesarevich and Emperor of Russia, painted his jewellery in a small album as a private record of his collection. His watercolours of more than 300 items – some of which were created by jewellers such as Fabergé and Cartier – give a realistic picture of what the tsar was wearing as jewellery. His handwritten notes also comprise dates and names of those who presented him with each item, a record of the small circle of those who were near to him.

The jewel album of Tsar Nicholas II was re-discovered in the 1990s in the archives of the Moscow Kremlin Museum. It consisted of 82 pages and a total of 305 watercolour drawings.

In 1997, the publishing firm Ermitage, published in a high quality cloth-bound edition with 216 pages, enclosed in a handsome green-board slipcase.

In addition, the book also includes 95 illustrations from the original, unpublished private photographs of the Russian Imperial Family, from the archive of Hemmelmark, the former home of Princess Irene of Prussia, sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

Includes more than 300 watercolours of Nicholas II’s jewellery + 95 black and white photos! Green board slipcase [with some wear and tear].

ITEM #0579
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
216 pages
Language: English
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NICHOLAS II. PORTRAITS
Second Edition
by Paul Gilbert

***** AUTOGRAPHED HARD COVER COPY by the AUTHOR

Nicholas II. Portraits explores a century of portraits of Russia’s last emperor and tsar, through the eyes of pre-revolutionary and contemporary Russian, and foreign artists.

This unique title – the first book of its kind ever published on the subject – features an introduction, as well as a series of short articles, and richly illustrated, including many full-page, with detailed and informative captions.

The cover features a portrait of Tsesarevich and Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich (1889), the future Emperor Nicholas II, by the artist Baron Ernst Friedrich von *Lipgart (1847-1932).

* Lipgart painted a whole gallery of portraits of Nicholas II, my book features 10 of them – all in COLOUR!

The Emperor is depicted in the uniform of the Prussian 8th Hussar Regiment, of which he was appointed an Honourary Chief in 1889, his cape is decorated with the Royal Prussian Order of the Black Eagle.

The painting hung from 1890 to 1995 in the former dining room of Neuhaus Castle, directly opposite the portrait of Elector Clemens August of Bavaria. The officers of the 8th Hussar Regiment established a club for their meetings here and in the adjacent premises. The Prussian regiment was stationed at Neuhaus and Paderborn castle from 1851 to 1919. Following the end of World War I, the regiment was disbanded.

From the Collection of the Museum of the House of Bavarian History in Regensburg, Bavaria.

The articles include: Serov’s Unfinished 1900 Portrait of Nicholas II; A Nun’s Gift to Russia’s New Tsar. The Fate of a Portrait; Galkin’s Ceremonial Portrait of Nicholas II Discovered; among others!

Famous portraits and their respective artists are all represented, including Serov, Repin, Lipgart, Tuxen, Bakmanson, Becker, Bogdanov-Belsky, Kustodiev, and many others.

The last section of the book is dedicated to the works of contemporary Russian artists, who have painted outstanding portraits of Nicholas II since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Richly illustrated with 185 Colour and 30 Black and white photographs!

ITEM #0582
PUBLISHED: 2022
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
178 pages
Language: English
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NICHOLAS II. PORTRAITS
Second Edition
by Paul Gilbert

***** AUTOGRAPHED SOFT COVER COPY by the AUTHOR

Nicholas II. Portraits explores a century of portraits of Russia’s last emperor and tsar, through the eyes of pre-revolutionary and contemporary Russian, and foreign artists.

This unique title – the first book of its kind ever published on the subject – features an introduction, as well as a series of short articles, and richly illustrated, including many full-page, with detailed and informative captions.

The cover features a portrait of Tsesarevich and Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich (1889), the future Emperor Nicholas II, by the artist Baron Ernst Friedrich von *Lipgart (1847-1932).

* Lipgart painted a whole gallery of portraits of Nicholas II, my book features 10 of them – all in COLOUR!

The Emperor is depicted in the uniform of the Prussian 8th Hussar Regiment, of which he was appointed an Honourary Chief in 1889, his cape is decorated with the Royal Prussian Order of the Black Eagle.

The painting hung from 1890 to 1995 in the former dining room of Neuhaus Castle, directly opposite the portrait of Elector Clemens August of Bavaria. The officers of the 8th Hussar Regiment established a club for their meetings here and in the adjacent premises. The Prussian regiment was stationed at Neuhaus and Paderborn castle from 1851 to 1919. Following the end of World War I, the regiment was disbanded.

From the Collection of the Museum of the House of Bavarian History in Regensburg, Bavaria.

The articles include: Serov’s Unfinished 1900 Portrait of Nicholas II; A Nun’s Gift to Russia’s New Tsar. The Fate of a Portrait; Galkin’s Ceremonial Portrait of Nicholas II Discovered; among others!

Famous portraits and their respective artists are all represented, including Serov, Repin, Lipgart, Tuxen, Bakmanson, Becker, Bogdanov-Belsky, Kustodiev, and many others.

The last section of the book is dedicated to the works of contemporary Russian artists, who have painted outstanding portraits of Nicholas II since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Richly illustrated with 185 Colour and 30 Black and white photographs!

ITEM #0583
PUBLISHED: 2022
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
178 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


TSAR’S DAYS
Journey to Ekaterinburg
by Paul Gilbert

***** AUTOGRAPHED HARD COVER COPY by the AUTHOR

On 17th July 1998, independent researcher and writer Paul Gilbert travelled to St. Petersburg, for the interment of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. Twenty years later to the day, he journeyed to Ekaterinburg, to take part in the events marking the 100th anniversary of the Tsar’s death and martyrdom.

In his own words and photographs, the author shares his experiences and impressions of this historic event, which include visits to the Church on the Blood, Ganina Yama, Porosenkov Log, the Patriarchal Liturgy, exhibitions, and much more.

In addition are 24 illustrated news articles about events leading up to Tsar’s Days in the Urals, from 1st to 31st July 2018.

Gilbert’s solemn journey to the Urals allowed him to experience history in the making, and to honour the memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs, a century after their death and martyrdom.

Richly illustrated with nearly 200 COLOUR PHOTOS, 65 of which were taken by the author!

ITEM #0584
PUBLISHED: 2022
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
152 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $60.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIA’S TREASURE OF DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES
Journey to Ekaterinburg
by Alexander Evgenievich Fersman

Catalogue of Romanov Jewels Published in 1925
By the People’s Commissariat of Finances

This is the first time that the original 1925 four-part folio, has been published in book format – both hard cover and paperback editions – a facsimile of the copy from the private collection of Paul Gilbert.

The spectacular gem and jewellery collection of the Romanov dynasty is documented in Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones, documenting Russia’s regalia and crown jewels at the time of the overthrow of the tsarist government in 1917.

Published in 1925-26 by the Bolshevik government, the catalogue project was overseen by noted mineralogist Alexander Evgenevich Fersman (1883-1945), with the help of specialists, experts and jewellers including Agathon Fabergé from the House of Fabergé.

Of the 406 separate pieces in the treasure, 110 are documented as having come from the reign of Catherine II (1762-1796) and her son Paul I (1796-1801). The treasure is comprised of the Imperial Sceptre set with the approximately 190 carat (ct) Orlov diamond, the Imperial Globe set with an approximately 200 ct Ceylon (Sri Lanka) sapphire, the Great Imperial Crown featuring an approximately 402 ct spinel, the Imperial Nuptial Crown, chains, stars, crosses, emblems, diadems, necklaces, brooches, rings, earrings, as well as loose diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, spinels, pearls and alexandrites.

The Fersman catalogue states that the jewels, considered national property, would never be “sold or done away with.” Because the new Soviet Union desperately needed capitol, however, copies of the catalogue were sent to potential jewellery buyers anyway. Although the treasure was later removed from the market, some of the pieces were sold to a syndicate and eventually wound up at auction at Christie’s London on March 16, 1927. The majority of the collection remains in Russia at the Kremlin Diamond Fund in Moscow.

Illustrated with 100 Black and White photos!

ITEM #0585
PUBLISHED: 2022
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
206 pages
Language: English
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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. 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: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE ROMANOVS
The Final Chapter
by Robert K. Massie

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs: The Final Chapter provides the answers, describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts to discover the truth. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie presents a colourful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.

Includes 36 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0541
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
308 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. RICHLY 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
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
224 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE TRAGIC DYNASTY
A History of the Romanovs
by John Bergamini

English text. Illustrated!

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.

Includes 41 black and white photographs

ITEM #0495
PUBLISHED: 1969
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
512 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


CZARS
Russia's Rulers for Over One Thousand Years
by James P. Duffy & Vincent L. Ricci

English text. Illustrated!

During the course of most of Russia's turbulent history, czars ruled. The story of these men and women - as diverse as the lands they governed - is, in many ways, the story of Russia itself. From the birth of the Kievan state in the second half of the ninth century to the murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918, historians James P. Duffy and Vincent L. Ricci trace the long and twisted line of imperial rule in Russia, offering many insights into the uses and abuses of absolute power, as well as a glimpse at world history through the eyes of those who made it. The Czars is a vital page in the literature of Russian history.

Includes 21 black and white illustrations and maps

ITEM #0496
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
372 pages
Language: English
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THE FALL OF THE ROMANOVS
by Mark D. Steinberg and Vladimir M. Khrustalev

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

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 #0580
PUBLISHED: 1995
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
444 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE EMPERORS AND EMPRESSES OF RUSSIA
Rediscovering the Romanovs
Edited by Donald J. Raleigh

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

Since glasnost began, Russia's most eminent historians have taken advantage of new archival access and the end of censorship and conformity to reassess and reinterpret their history. Through this process they are linking up with Russia's great historiographic tradition while producing work that is fresh and modern. In "The Emperors and Empresses of Russia", renowned Russian historians tell the story of the Romanovs as complex individual personalities and as key institutional actors in Russian history, from the empire builder Peter I to the last tsar, Nicholas II. These portraits are contributions to the writing of history, partaking neither of wooden ideologisation nor of naive romanticisation.

Table of Contents: Peter I, Ian E. Vodarskii; Anna Ivanovna, E.V. Anisimov; Elizaveta Petrovna, V.P. Naumov; Peter III, A.S. Mylnikov; Catherine II, A.B. Kamenskii; Paul I, Iu A. Sorokin; Alexander I, V.A. Fedorov; Nicholas I, T.A. Kapustina; Alexander II, L.G. Zakharova; Alexander III, V.G. Chernukha; Nicholas II, B.V. Ananich and R.Sh. Ganelin.

Includes 11 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0545
PUBLISHED: 1996
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
414 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LIFE & TRAGEDY OF ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA
by Sophie Buxhoeveden

THIS EDITION IS A HARD-COVER REPRINT OF THE ORIGINAL 1928 EDITION

The intimate life of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna is told by the Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden who became acquainted with the Empress in 1904, and in 1913 was appointed a lady-in-waiting.

From the outbreak of the Revolution, the Baroness shared the captivity of the Imperial Family, remaining with them till May 1918 — just before the tragedy at Ekaterinburg — when, with the rest of the household, she was forcibly separated from them. This book is in part a vindication of the Empress, contrasting her devotion to her husband and his country and the affection felt for her by those who really knew her, with the widespread rumours of her unpopularity and the part she played in bringing about the calamity which had overwhelmed Russia.

Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden (1883-1956), served as a lady in waiting to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. She was often chosen by the Empress to accompany the four grand duchesses on official duties. Sophie Buxhoeveden was the author of two other memoirs about the Imperial family and about her own escape from Russia: Left Behind: Fourteen Months in Siberia. December 1917-February 1919 (1929) and Before the Storm (1938).

Illustrated with 18 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0484
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
360 pages
Language: English
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AT THE COURT OF THE LAST TSAR
by A.A. Mossolov

THIS EDITION IS A HARD-COVER REPRINT OF THE ORIGINAL 1935 EDITION

Alexander Alexandrovich Mosolov (1854-1939), was a Russian military commander, diplomat, and Lieutenant-General. From 1900-1916, he served as permanent secretary of the Ministry of the Imperial Court - his immediate superior was the Minister of the Imperial Court, Count Vladimir Fredericks. He was the head of court censorship (department of the office of the Ministry of the Court), that is, he carried out a preliminary censorship of materials in which persons of the Imperial family were mentioned.

During his sixteen years at the Imperial Court, General Alexander Mossolov, was in close personal touch with the Russian Court. He was among the close circle of Emperor Nicholas II, and here describes the intimate life of the Emperor and Empress and their children, and reveals the strange relations between the Tsar and his Ministers and the foibles and difficult nature of the Empress.

His memoirs provide an interesting picture of foreign affairs as seen from the court of the Father of all the Russians: what “Nicky” thought of the Kaiser’s little ways and how he dealt with his visits and that of King Edward VII. A notable feature is General Mossolov’s authoritative account of the battle fought in a vain attempt to break the demoniacal influence of Rasputin, with descriptions of personal interviews with him.

Illustrated with 14 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0485
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
273 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 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: $35.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE WOODEN ARCHITECTURE OF RUSSIA
Houses, Fortifications, Churches
by Alexander Opolovnikov & Yelena Opolovnikova

ENGLISH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

This volume presents a diversity of wooden structures, from huge cathedrals to miniature churches and monasteries, large houses, izbi, hunters’ cabins, barns, windmills, grim fortress towers, little-known settlements, and famous reconstructions of whole groups of buildings, as in Kizhi.

Drawing on the authors’ unique archive of photographs, drawings and watercolours, the wealth of remarkable documentary material is complemented by the breathtaking colour photographs taken by Yelena Opolovnikova. The great Russian photographer has for many years recorded with zeal the landscapes and wooden buildings of Russia’s far north and Siberia. Includes 305 colour and black & white photographs!

ITEM #0509
PUBLISHED: 1989
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
256 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $125.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RUSSIAN CENTURY
A Photographic History of Russia’s 100 Years
by Brian Moynahan

ENGLISH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED!

From the image of a nun drawing water near the Pontetayevsky Convent in 1904 to a shot of Russians joyfully swilling vodka in the post-Communist era, this photo history offers an excellent overview of Russia's tragic history in the 20th century. The photographs were culled from numerous Russian archives, most previously sealed, and the result is a fresh and startling view of an embattled nation. The image of women harnessed to a barge in Tsarist Russia contrasts painfully with the group portrait of elegant young ladies at the Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg; other images move from the Communist takeover through the horrors of collectivization, World War II, and the Gulag to the achievements of the postwar years and the collapse of communism. The text is as good as the photos, which isn't often true in photo spreads like this; British journalist Moynahan neatly condenses Russia's history while retaining a flair for the telling anecdote. An excellent addition to history, photography, and subject collections.

Includes more than 300 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0508
PUBLISHED: 1994
Large Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
320 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $135.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE KREMLIN
by Abraham Ascher

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED.

A wonderful pictorial detailing the history, and building of the Kremlin in Russia. Engrossing the narrative are some 120 illustrations—one half in full colour. Manuscript illuminations, revered icons—both religious and historical—and numerous paintings, woodcuts, and photographs (taken during the Soviet years) trace the evolution of the Kremlin through the more than eight centuries of its tumultuous history.

A special section, The Kremlin in Literature, assembles excerpts from the works of Catherine the Great, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, Winston Churchill and Alexander Solzhenitsyn—all showing the profound impact of the Kremlin on world literature. A reference section—including a chronology of Russian history, an illustrated guide to the buildings within the Kremlin walls, a genealogy of the Romanov dynasty, concludes the volume.

Includes 120 colour and black & white photographs!

ITEM #0512
PUBLISHED: 1972
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
172 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


GREAT CATHERINE
The Life of Cathereine the Great, Empress of Russia
by Carolly Erickson

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

From the moment the fourteen-year-old Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst agreed to marry the heir to the Russian throne, she was mired in a quicksand of intrigue. Precociously intelligent, self-confident, and attractive but with a stubborn, wayward streak, Sophia withstood a degree of emotional battering that would have broken a weaker spirit until at last she emerged, triumphant over her many enemies, as Empress Catherine II of Russia.

Her achievements as empress were prodigious. She brought vast new lands under Russian rule. She raised the prestige of Russia in Europe. She began the process of imposing legal and political order on the chaos she inherited from her predecessors. Yet few historical figures have been so enthusiastically vilified as Catherine the Great. Whispers that she had ordered her husband's murder grew to murmurs that she was an immoral woman and finally to shouts that she was a depraved, lust-crazed nymphomaniac. With deft mastery of historical narrative and an unsurpassed ability to make the past live again, Carolly Erickson uncovers the real woman behind the tarnished image―an indomitable, feisty, often visionary ruler who, in an age of caveats and constraints, blithely went her own way.

Great Catherine reveals the complexities of this great ruler's nature, her craving for love, her insecurities, the inevitable sorrows and disappointments of a strong empress who dared not share her power with any man yet longed to be led and guided by a loving consort. Great Catherine is a fresh portrait of an infamous historical figure, one that reveals how Catherine's flawed triumph guaranteed her posthumous fame and enhanced the might and renown of Russia for generations to come.

Includes 13 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0566
PUBLISHED: 1994
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
392 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


PETER THE GREAT
by Henri Troyat

1st US EDITION! ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

In this breathtaking portrait of a Russian colossus, French historian Henri Troyat recreates one of the most crucial eras in Russian history.

Imbued equally with a fascination for progress and absolute power, Peter, like Stalin later, permanently changed the destiny of Russia. He destroyed the Swedish empire, built St. Petersburg, and opened Russia to the West. He was a visionary and he was cruel, gargantuan in his appetite for women and debauchery, which he fostered as a means of surveillance and control. He was also secretive and paranoid, knowing from childhood that he must either eliminate rivals or be eliminated himself.

Henri Troyat carefully builds a picture of a ruler so obsessed with absolutism that he cannot stop himself from killing his son with his own hands. By concentrating on Peter himself, his court, and the social life of Russia at the time, he creates a spellbinding and seamless epic no reader will forget.

Includes 33 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0565
PUBLISHED: 1987
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
392 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $30.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ALEXANDER OF RUSSIA
Napoleon’s Conqueror
by Henri Troyat

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

In Paris and London, the crowds hailed him as the man who had conquered Napoleon, as the liberator of Europe, and as a benevolent, enlightened monarch. At home he came to be feared as a reactionary, oppressive autocrat in a country where millions of serfs were still treated as little more than personal property.

A grandson of Catherine the Great, a conspirator in the assassination of his own father, and an idealistic and ineffective participant at the Congress of Vienna, Alexander was torn all his life between his liberal illusions and the hard realities of autocratic Russia.

In a brilliant biography of one of the most unorthodox of Russia's tsars, Henri Troyat delivers a masterful portrait of Europe during a momentous period in its modern history.

Includes 35 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0564
PUBLISHED: 1982
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
335 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR
White Armies
by Mikhail Khvostov & Andrei Karachtchouk

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

Soon after the February 1917 revolution, and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, the White Cause began to emerge and oppose the Bolsheviks. There was, however, no single, united White Army to fight the Red Army and the forces available to the Whites represented a spectrum of political factions including monarchist military organisations and social-democrats. Many of the Cossack hosts also sided with the Whites, seeing it as an opportunity to create their own independent states; others remained neutral or hostile to both sides. This fascinating text by Mikhail Khvostov examines the colourful uniforms and the equipment of the White armies of the Russian Civil War (1917-1923).

ITEM #0569
PUBLISHED: 1997
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
48 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ST. PETERSBURG
A Travellers’ Companion
Selected and Introduced by Laurence Kelly

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

Featuring a vivid selection from biographies, novels, letters, poems, diaries and memoirs, this volume traces the story of St Petersburg from earliest times. Through these pieces, readers can observe the city's foundation by Peter the Great on the marshy shores of the Gulf of Finland; see how literature and the other arts flowered during the nineteenth century; and observe the often violent turning points of its later history.

First-hand accounts tell of the 1825 Decembrists standing in the snow in Senate Square, refusing to accept Nicholas I as Tsar, being shot down where they stood; of the imprisonment of Dostoevsky and the duel that killed Pushkin; of the last moments of the mad Emperor Paul; and of the storming of the Winter Palace by the crowd in 1917. Many more historic scenes are witnessed by such diverse characters as Tolstoy, Catherine the Great and a voluble maid-servant of Irish descent.

Designed for on-the-spot use by visitors to the city, and as a highly readable anthology for the armchair traveller, this Traveller's Reader includes maps, engravings and notes on history, art, architecture and city life.

Includes 23 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0572
PUBLISHED: 1981
SoftCover Edition
Condition: MINT!
303 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DISCOVERING MOSCOW
The Complete Companion Guide
by Helen Boldyreff Semler

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED.

Organised on the basis of one-day (or shorter) walking excursions, this book guides the reader through eight 8 tempestuous centuries of Muscovite history, art, and architecture, from the palaces, churches, and out-of-town estates of the czars to the monuments of the revolution.

Each excursion is mapped, with sites of interest described in vivid detail and laced with colourful anecdotes. With a full complement of evocative photographs, this book is the complete companion guide to this most fascinating of cities.

NOTE: despite the date it was published (1989), this book remains one of the most comprehensive guides to Russia’s capital, providing many interesting details about the history and interiors of the citys’ historic buildings - PG

Includes 15 colour and 174 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0533
PUBLISHED: 1989
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
384 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS
The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
by Helen Rappaport

1st US Edition. English text. Illustrated!

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

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

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

Includes 42 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0418
PUBLISHED: 2018
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
372 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


SOVEREIGN
Edited by Paul Gilbert

A total of 1,546 pages of reading!
and more than 1,000 black and white photos!

The articles featured in SOVEREIGN are not a rehash of everything written over the past century about his life and reign. There are no conspiracy theories, nor does SOVEREIGN attempt to sweep history under the rug, or whitewash Russia's last emperor and tsar.

Instead, SOVEREIGN features many first English language works by Russian historians and experts, based on new archival documents discovered since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Each issue is 120+ pages or more and illustrated throughout.
ALL NEW unopened copies, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #7000
PUBLISHED: 2015-2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
11 ISSUES
Language: English
PRICE: $275.00 USD + FREE SHIPPING ON US/CANADA ORDERS


UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN TRILOGY
by Frances Mayes

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED!

Frances Mayes enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in 3 volumes: Under the Tuscan Sun, Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life, and Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy.

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. In Under the Tuscan Sun, she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table..

3 volumes: 286, 306 and 208 pages respectively!

ITEM #0576
PUBLISHED: 1996-2010
SoftCover Edition
Condition: MINT!
3 books
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


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Mobilier Objets D'Art. 28 Mai 2021
AUCTION CATALOGUE

FRENCH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 28th May 2021.

This sale featured a stunning collection of more than 300 rare and unique items, including porcelain, crystal, silverware, lace, paintings, sculptures, furniture and more.

Includes more than 300 colour photographs!

ITEM #0578
PUBLISHED: 2021
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
197 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Noblesse & Royauté and Art Russe. 15/16 November 2019
AUCTION CATALOGUE

FRENCH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 15th and 16th November 2019.

This sale featured a stunning collection of more than 600 rare and unique pieces of Noblesse & Royauté and Art Russe, including items from the House of Bourbon, Queen Maria Antoinette, House of Bourbon-Parma, Orleans, Napoleon, House of Savoy, Royal House of Denmark and more.

Includes more than 400 colour photographs!

ITEM #0521
PUBLISHED: 2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
176 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Bijoux. Orfevrerie. Objets de Vitrine 4 March 2020
AUCTION CATALOGUE

FRENCH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 4th March 2020.

This sale featured a stunning collection of nearly 300 rare and unique pieces of jewellery, silverware among other items.

Includes more than 200 colour photographs!

ITEM #0522
PUBLISHED: 2020
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
80 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Noblesse & Royauté. 18 November 2020
AUCTION CATALOGUE

FRENCH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 15th and 16th November 2019.

This sale featured a stunning collection of more than 400 rare and unique pieces of Noblesse & Royauté, including items from the House of Bourbon, the Comte and Comtesse de Paris, House of Orleans, Napoleon, photographs, letters, the nobility, militaria and more.

Includes more than 300 colour photographs!

ITEM #0523
PUBLISHED: 2020
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
128 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
Mobilier & Objets D'Art 19 Janvier 2021
AUCTION CATALOGUE

FRENCH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

The French auction house Coutau-Begarie & Associates hosted an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 19th January 2021.

This sale featured a stunning collection of nearly 300 rare and unique items from the collection of the Countess de la Rochelambert, née Apollonie de Bruges ( 1803-1893 ).

Includes hundreds of colour photographs!

ITEM #0525
PUBLISHED: 2021
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
224 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

French text. Richly Illustrated!

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

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

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

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

ITEM #0467
PUBLISHED: 2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
132 pages
Language: French
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

French text. Richly Illustrated!

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

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

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

Includes nearly 400 colour and descriptions (in French)!

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


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

French text. Richly Illustrated!

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

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

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

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

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