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The Romanov Family Album Hardcover – Oct 1982

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Vendome Pr (October 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865650195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865650190
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 25.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,057,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b349318) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3a6f6c) out of 5 stars A fascinating photo collection March 15 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Romanov Family Album" is probably one of the earlier photo collections on the last imperial family of Russia. The photographs come from the photo albums of Ania Vyrubova, Empress Aleksandra's closest friend; the albums are now among the collections in Beinecke Library at Yale University.
Most of the pictures are of the family's annual summer trips to the Crimea and through the fjords of Finland, with a fair smattering of the family during World War I and a few photographs of the imperial family in captivity at Tobolsk. Numerous lengthy excerpts from Ania Vyrubova's chatty memoirs add some entertaining color. An introduction by Robert Massie gives a brief (and interesting) history of how the albums ended up with Yale.
On the whole this is a very interesting book. The main flaw is that it's very difficult to find.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By E. Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lovely photographs. I have seen many of these before at Yale's Digital Beinecke Library, but some are new to me. It shows Nicholas II not as an autocrat or the "tyrant" historians say he was--it shows him as a kind man who adored the world he knew, that of his wife, smiling beautiful girls and his happy, albeit ill, son.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3a8414) out of 5 stars an excellent pictorial account... April 4 2002
By Kaliopi Pappas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this is a wonderful collection of images, but so many of them are presented poorly. they're extremely grainy and tinted hideous sepia tones. chalk it up to the 80's, i guess.
despite this problem, the album is definitely worth adding to your collection if you are a serious Romanov fan. General royalty buffs who want just one Romanov photo book would do better with Prince Michael's _Nicholas & Alexandra: The Family Albums_ (a book that everyone interested in royalty and/or the Romanovs should have, imo).
HASH(0x9b3a872c) out of 5 stars great photographic historical documentation June 2 2012
By Carno Polo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A great book which will make you feel you are living in the imperial family of pre-revolutionary Russia. The photos are B&W, and come from the collection of a family friend of the Romanovs who took them to the United States. Not all are good quality, the book was printed in 1982 and perhaps a better job could be done thirty years on in digitalizing the old originals. However the grain of the pics contributes to recreate the atmosphere of the time.

The text accompanying the pictures presents a benevolent image of the imperial family. Too benevolent perhaps. But this is not the purpose of this book, which is about the photographs, and not about political interpretation of the Tsar's rule.
HASH(0x9b3a8858) out of 5 stars Goes great with Nicholas and Alexandra May 25 2013
By Neal A. Wellons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most people who buy this book likely have already read "Nicholas and Alexandra" by Robert Massie. To me, it is a wonderful addition to information from that book. It is a great balance of family snapshots combined with the narrative of Anna Vyrubova from her book "Memories of the Russian Court." Of course, the introduction by Robert Massie is as well-written as any fan of his would expect.

The quantity and quality of the photographs is even better than I would have expected.