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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


NICHOLAS II. PORTRAITS
by Paul Gilbert

English text. Richly Illustrated!

The first book of its kind ever published, Nicholas II. Portraits explores a century of portraits of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

It features beautiful colour covers, 140 pages, and richly illustrated with 175 black and white photographs, many full-page, with detailed and informative captions.

This unique title features an introduction, as well as a series of short articles, including: 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; and more!

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 (28 pages) 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.

It is interesting to note that my research for this book was primarily from Russian sources, and I discovered portraits which were new, even to me!

Includes 175 black and white photographs. This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0492
PUBLISHED: 2019
Large Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
140 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MEMORIES IN THE MARBLE PALACE
by Prince of the Imperial Blood Gabriel Constaninovich

English text. Illustrated!

Born at Pavlovsk in 1887, Gabriel Constantinovich was the second son of the Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich and the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mavrikievna. He was a great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I.

He was born into a privileged world, growing up in lavish luxury in some of the most magnificent of the Romanov palaces including the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg, the Constantine Palace at Strelna, Pavlovsk and the family’s country estate at Ostashevo.

His memoirs, published here for the first time in English, paint a magnificent portrait of the beauty and splendour of the Russian Court in its twilight years before the First World War.

Gabriel recalls many events at the Russian Court, which he describes in vivid detail: elaborate balls and lavish dinners, four royal weddings, the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, and the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.

His memoirs also share many new anecdotes about his parents, his brothers and sisters, as well as those of his extended family. These included grand dukes and duchesses, princes and princesses. Gabriel paints a very sympathetic portrait of the last tsar, whom he held in very high regard.

His more solemn memories relive the personal pain he experienced at the death of his brother Oleg, his beloved father, and the horrors of World War One and his imprisonment. He experienced the nightmare of the Revolution that was to engulf his beloved Russia. His release from prison and escape from certain death at the hands of the Bolsheviks is nothing short of a miracle, thanks to the efforts of his wife. Together, they fled to Finland and lived the rest of their lives in exile in Paris. Gabriel’s memoirs are supplemented with excerpts from the diaries of his brother, Oleg, who perished in 1914, and his wife, Antonina Raphailovna Nesterovskaya, whom he married in 1917.

This is the story of a member of the Romanov dynasty who lived to tell his story of life at the Russian Court. Now, after more than half a century, his story may finally be read and appreciated in the English language.

Includes 28 black and white photographs. This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0487
PUBLISHED: 2020
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
290 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


DEAREST NICKY . . . DARLING MAMA

Letters Between Emperor Nicholas II and his
Mother Empress Maria Feodorovna, 1879-1917

English text. More than 200 letters!

Written between the years 1879, when Nicky was a little boy, and 1917, after his abdication, this collection of more than 200 letters are a revelation of the personalities of the Emperor and his Empress mother. They were never part of the imperial archives but the cherished possession of both correspondents, carried with them wherever they went. At the outbreak of the revolution, the letters were confiscated by the Soviets.

From some five hundred of them, Edward J. Bing has selected and translated from the French and Russian those which have particular bearing on the Tsar’s relatives in England, Germany, Italy and Greece; on political personages in Russia, and their Romanov relatives. All of their family but Uncle Willie, the German Emperor, found a place in their affections. To them, he was always an exhibitionist, dangerous in his national ambition. Uncle Bertie, Aunt Alix, Georgie, May, and Granny—respectively King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, King George V, Queen Mary and Queen Victoria—emerge as human beings, minus crowns and ermine.

The correspondence sheds considerable light on Nicholas II’s character, family affairs, and politics, especially in regard to the 1905 Revolution. In the preface, R.H. Bruce-Lockhart provides an interesting assessment of the correspondence and its historical significance.

These letters are essentially human documents of great historic importance, and in the case of the Tsar, will alter many preconceived notions of his character, and the negative assessment which has persisted for more than a century.

NOTE: Dearest Nicky, Darling Mama was originally published in England in 1937, under the title The Letters of Tsar Nicholas and Empress Marie; they were published in the United States in 1938, under the title The Secret Letters of the Last Tsar.

This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0488
PUBLISHED: 2020
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
244 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LOST SPLENDOUR
by Prince Felix Yussupov

English text. Richly Illustrated!

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

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

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

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

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

ITEM #0349
PUBLISHED: 2014
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
329 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


LAST YEARS OF THE COURT AT TSARSKOE SELO
Volume I, 1906-1910
by General Alexandre Spiridovitch

English text. Illustrated!

Here, at last, is the first English translation (Katherine Alexandra Hines) of the memoirs of Général Alexandre Spiridovitch (1873-1952) in two volumes. Handpicked by Nicholas II himself, Spiridovitch served as the personal security chief for the last tsar and his family from 1906-1916. He was also responsible for the security of the tsar’s residences. This first volume covers the years 1906-1910.

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.

Spiridovitch and his men were highly recognized for their counter-terrorist work. His memoirs reveal their efforts to protect the Emperor from revolutionaries working within Russia.

Many of the 59 photographs in this book come from the private collection of the author himself who was an avid photographer.

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. His memoirs offer one of the most honest and comprehensive accounts of the character and personality of Emperor Nicholas II during the twilight years of the monarchy.

Includes 59 black and white photographs. This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0489
PUBLISHED: 2010
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
409 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


BONES OF CONTENTION
The Russian Orthodox Church & the Ekaterinburg Remains
by Paul Gilbert

English text. Illustrated!

The reopening of the investigation into the death of Nicholas II and his family in 2015, caused a wave of indignation against the Russian Orthodox Church. This book presents the position of both the Moscow Patriarchate and the Investigation Committee.

This is the first English language title to explore the position of the Orthodox Church in Russia with regard to the Ekaterinburg remains. The author’s research for this book is based exclusively on documents from Russian media and archival sources.

This unique title features an introduction by the author, plus three essays and three interviews, on such topics as the grounds for the canonization of Nicholas II and his family by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2000; comparative details of the Sokolov investigation in 1919, and the investigations carried out in the 1990s to the present; reluctance of the Moscow Patriarchate to officially recognize the remains as authentic; interesting findings of Russian journalist, producer and screenwriter Elena Chavchavadze in her documentary Regicide. A Century of Investigation; and the author’s own attempt to provide some answers to this ongoing and long drawn-out investigation for example: “Will Alexei and Maria be buried with the rest of their family?” and “Will the Imperial Family remains be reinterred in a new cathedral in Ekaterinburg?”.

Interviews with Vladimir Soloviev, Chief Major Crimes Investigator for the Central Investigate Department of the Public Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation and Archpriest Oleg Mitrov, a member of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints – BOTH key players in the Ekaterinburg remains case, reveal the political undertones of this to this ongoing and long drawn-out investigation.

Includes 55 black and white photographs. This is a NEW unopened copy, still sealed in original shrink wrap.

ITEM #0490
PUBLISHED: 2020
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
156 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 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
PRICE: $25.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


MY RUSSIAN LIFE
by Princess Marie Bariatinsky

THIS EDITION IS A HARD-COVER REPRINT OF THE ORIGINAL 1923 EDITION

This remains one of the most interesting memoirs written by a member of the Russian aristocracy, featuring fascinating details about Princess Marie Bariatinsky's (1876-1933) life in Tsarist Russia, and her impressions of the Imperial Family.

The author’s husband was a personal friend of Tsar Nicholas II, so that both Prince and Princess Bariatinsky attended all the important Court functions. The Tsar’s Coronation, the magnificent ball that followed, the Emperor’s historic visit to Paris in 1901, the Bariatsinky’s life in Manchuria, regimental duties in Tashkent, home life on the vast Bariatinsky estate are all vividly depicted in these reminiscences.

The personalities of the Tsar and Tsarina, Grand Dukes and Russian Generals are intimately portrayed. During the First World War the Princess superintended a hospital at Kiev, once invaded by the Bolsheviks.

As a writer, Princess Bariatinsky possesses a distinct gift of graphic eye-witness description, while a lively style adds to the attractiveness of her reminiscences.

Illustrated with 18 black and white photographs!

ITEM #0483
PUBLISHED: 2014
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
351 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


ST. PETERSBURG
Portrait of an Imperial City
by Boris Ometev & John Stuart

ENGLISH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

Published more than 30 years ago, this richly illustrated book features over 300 previously unpublished photographs from the former Soviet archives, recreating life as it was lived in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

St. Petersburg: Portrait of an Imperial City the first book on the subject to be published in English, makes a major contribution on our understanding of Imperial Russia.

Includes more than 300 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0519
PUBLISHED: 1990
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: EXCELLENT!
240 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $125.00 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


RUSSIAN ART NOUVEAU
by Elena A. Borisova & Grigory Sternin

ENGLISH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

This large and very heavy book is the first English language book to devote itself exclusively to the Art Nouveau Style as it developed in Russia 1890-1920. It features more than 360 beautiful photographs and illustrations.

Aside from architecture, this volume also explores paintings, graphics, stained glass, porcelain, jewellery, and silverware.

Includes 366 colour and black & white photographs!

ITEM #0516
PUBLISHED: 1988
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
400 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $150.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


RUSSIAN GRAPHIC DESIGN
1880 - 1917
by Mikhail Anikst & Elena Chernevich

ENGLISH TEXT. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED.

This richly illustrated book providesg a glimpse into the world that was brought to an end with the October Revolution. Chernevich visited Moscow in the late '80s and drew upon the holdings of the Lenin State Library for her research, unearthing items that had not been public displayed since the Revolution.

The selections are divided into five chapters, each starting with several pages of text leading into lush colour reproductions. Chapter One covers the "Style Russe", as exemplified in ornate menus, proclamations, announcements, posters and programs reminiscent of illuminated medieval manuscripts. There are also examples drawn from illustrated folk tales, the most remarkable of which were by Ivan Bilibin. Chapter Two covers the Russian Art Nouveau, mostly via posters, cosmetics and candy packaging, the Russian versions of which weren't strikingly different from their Western European counterparts. Chapter Three covers the "World of Art Group", a sort of loose collective of energetic and prolific St. Petersburg artists underwritten by various industrialist philanthropists. Much of their work falls into the realm of illustration and design of posters, books, theater programs, and smaller pieces to accompany articles, poems, and stories in journals.

The largest section of the book is Chapter Four, which deals with "Commercial Graphics". It's stuffed with materials, mostly posters and broadsheets, advertising products ranging including horseshoes, gunpowder turbines, galoshes, various foodstuffs, Singer sewing machines, and of course cigarettes. There are also plenty of examples of packaging and even wine labels. These are incredibly vivid and elaborate works that are somewhat eerie given the revolution that was to come. The final section is about "Political Graphics", which is limited to posters for war bonds and war-related charities, and a great deal of examples of "luboks".

Includes 355 illustrations, 294 in full colour!

ITEM #0514
PUBLISHED: 1991
Large Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
160 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $95.00 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 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
by Richard Pipes

ENGLISH TEXT. MORE THAN 900 PAGES!

Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly….No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia….Nor do I know any other book better designed to help Soviet citizens to struggle out of the darkness."

— Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review

Ground-breaking in its inclusiveness, enthralling in its narrative of a movement whose purpose, in the words of Leon Trotsky, was "to overthrow the world," The Russian Revolution draws conclusions that have already aroused great controversy in this country-and that are certain to be explosive when the book is published in the Soviet Union. Richard Pipes argues convincingly that the Russian Revolution was an intellectual, rather than a class, uprising; that it was

Includes more than 100 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0498
PUBLISHED: 1990
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
944 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $50.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


ZARMODER BLANT ZARMORDERE
Enkekejserinde Dagmar og Danmark 1917-1928
by Bent Jensen

Imported from Denmark. Danish text. Illustrated.

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

Illustrated with 32 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0459
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
170 pages
Language: Danish
PRICE: $10.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

English text. Illustrated.

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

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

Illustrated with 23 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0458
PUBLISHED: 1982
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: Good solid copy!
178 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 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


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


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


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: $25.00 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


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


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: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


FABERGE EGGS
Masterpieces from Czarist Russia
by Susanna Pfeffer

English text. Richly Illustrated!

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

Includes 50 full page colour photos!

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


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

English text. Richly Illustrated!

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

Includes more than 350 colour/black and white photos!

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


FABERGE
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


ABSOLUTE MONARCHS
A History of the Papacy
by John Julius Norwich

ENGLISH TEXT. ILLUSTRATED

In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.

Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous “pornocracy”—the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families; Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today’s global priest sex scandal. Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is an enthralling history from “an enchanting and satisfying raconteur”.

Includes 30 black & white photographs!

ITEM #0493
PUBLISHED: 2011
Soft Cover Edition
Condition: NEW!
509 pages
Language: English
PRICE: $20.00 USD + Shipping, Handling & Insurance


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

Imported from Austria. German text. Richly Illustrated.

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

Illustrated with 109 black & white photos.

ITEM #0423
PUBLISHED: 1997
Hard Cover Edition
Condition: MINT!
120 Pages
Language: German
PRICE: $25.00 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


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
Noblesse & Royauté 13/14 Juin 2019
Auction Catalogue

French text. Richly Illustrated!

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

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

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

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

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


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

French text. Richly Illustrated!

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

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

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

Includes nearly 400 colour and descriptions (in French)!

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


COUTAU-BEGARIE & ASSOCIATES
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