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The End Of The Romanovs by Victor Alexandrov (£14.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1966
Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with the laminate lifting at the join of the lower panel. Blanks and reverse of the dust wrapper somewhat tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: “TSAR NICHOLAS II, the last emperor of Russia, was an ardent photographer. He took frequent family snap-shots both before and after the revolution, little realising that he was contributing an invaluable addition to the scanty documentary evidence of the final tragic chapter of the Romanov history.
He left for posterity a vivid picture of family life at the palace at Tsarskoye-Selo before and after the revolution; of the comparatively luxurious exile at Tobolsk in Siberia — a family of seven with a retinue of forty; and finally at Ekaterinburg where conditions deteriorated and the ex-Tsar and Tsarina and their five children met their brutal end in a cellar. The executioners were only just in time. The White Army regained possession of Ekaterinburg for a brief period, before the final triumph of the Reds.
The Tsar’s photographs came into the possession of Nicholas Sokolov, an examining magistrate who investigated the killing of the Romanovs. He assembled not only the Tsar’s photographs but copies of documents and pictures of the house at Ekaterinburg, of the mineshaft where the bodies were thrown, of personal belongings which he disinterred.
Forty years later Victor Alexandrov, who was engaged in research for another project, came by chance across two boxes among a heap of junk in the attic of a Russian antique dealer in Paris. It was part of the dossier collected by Sokolov in Ekaterinburg in 1918.
Some sixty photographs from this priceless collection are published in this volume — almost all for the first time. Armed with this new evidence, Victor Alexandrov has made a thorough re-investigation of the whole tragic story and tells it in a vivid and compelling narrative, throwing a great deal of new light on this endlessly fascinating subject.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Brian Russell. Size: 9¼" x 6". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages.
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