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Nicholas and Alexandra
This volume draws on a wealth of previously unpublished material to tell the tragic story of the last of the Romanovs as it has never been told before. With more than 630 irreplaceable works of art, costumes, photographs, and private and state documents, and drawing from Nicholas and Alexandra's own personal letters and diaries, it reveals their luxurious world and loving ...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Harry N. Abrams
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Perusing this book is like having a museum exhibit at your fingertips. The photos are exquisite and I really enjoyed all of the beautiful paintings, portraits, costumes, uniforms, photos, letters, etc. My only qualm was that not all of the captions were on the same page as the pictures they referenced. I would read about an item then would have to turn the page to see the image and some of them were haphazardly ordered. Otherwise, it was a lovely book and I could have spent months reading every ...more
I was not expecting such detailed descriptions to accompany each picture. A nice surprise. And although I anticipated more photographs of the family than there were, a different and unexpected aspect to the book was a positive for me, personally. There were many photographs of items from the Hermitage Museum, a place I visited almost thirteen years ago. I enjoyed seeing and remembered a good many items and, as stated before, appreciate the detailed descriptions of each. The book stirs fond memor ...more
More of a coffee-table book, and certainly not something you curl up with, but more of a picture book of everything relating to the Romanovs--furniture, clothing, art, medals, photographs, etc.--with great, thorough explanations, often including excerpts from diaries or letters. Really fascinating.