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Discussions about Other Imperial Palaces => Tsarskoe Selo Palaces => Topic started by: Joanna on August 13, 2004, 02:52:00 PM

Title: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Joanna on August 13, 2004, 02:52:00 PM
Hi Oleg,

In "Tsarskoe Selo Watercolors, paintings and engravings from the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries"; Text by I.P. Sautov; Editorial Director Emmanuel Ducamp; Alainc de Gourcuff Editeur; 1992, the artists are P.F. Borel c1892, A.A. Sergeiev, P. Uchitelev, A.Y. Martynov c1810, J.J. Meier c1845, L. Premazzi c1889, V.S. Sadovnikov c1850, E.P. Hau c1850, A.K. Kolb c1865, K.A. Ukhtomsky c1840, P. de Steinmuller c1860, F. Feichel c1858, I.P. Volsky c1857.

Joanna
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: londo954 on August 14, 2004, 09:02:34 PM
There are a host of watercolors posted onm the Hermitage website but these mostly show the Winter Palace but there are a choice few fo the Catheirne Palace and of some of the estates of the nobility. They are gorgeous as an interesting footnote the Hermitage has used Hahn's warercolours of some of the galleries that existed in romanov times to show some of the Master's paintings that were once in the Hermitage but are no more. Most sold by the Bolsheviks in the 20's and 30's or lost.
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on August 20, 2008, 03:58:07 PM

Reading this forum lately, I’ve noticed that people have been referencing a lot of books on the Imperial Palaces.  I personally am a huge bibliophile and am always looking to improve my library.  To that end, I propose we start compiling a list of books within this post to help people do their own research.  I have a very nice collection, many of which are extremely hard to find, and I’d be willing to post the titles, ISBN #s, and where I got them, if anyone is interested.  Hopefully other people will do the same.  I know there are a lot of nice books out there that don’t show up unless you specifically look for them, and there may be some great ones out there that are easy to find, but people are unaware of them (in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I had never heard about ‘Saving the Tsars Palaces’ until just the other day.  Thanks to the people who posted that!).

For right now, let’s try and keep this post to the palaces themselves (architecture, art, collections, etc.) and then maybe start other ones dealing with the owners etc.

Also be sure to check out the wonderful list that Bob has already compiled at http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/book_finder.html that deals primarily with books on the imperial family. 

I’ll post my collection’s info if anyone expresses interest.    It may take me a little while to write everything down, so please be patient.

Hope this takes off!

Chad

Also, credit where credit is due, I got this idea because Robert Hall kindly posted some info on a book on Peterhof in another post.  Thanks Robert!
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 22, 2008, 01:56:12 PM
I’ll post my collection’s info if anyone expresses interest.   

It will be very interesting!

Please start with books of TS palaces.
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Michael HR on August 23, 2008, 06:48:00 AM
Pavlosk by Massie is a wonderful book an details the history of the Palace and its destruction by the Nazi's. It then details how the Palace was reconstructed by the Russians and has so much information it is a book you must own.

I have had this book for years and often re read it as it is so uplifting.
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 23, 2008, 12:44:36 PM
Pavlosk by Massie is a wonderful book.
I have had this book for years and often re read it as it is so uplifting.

I agree. It is very good book that influences on our feelings.S.Massie is a talented writer and historian.

The same powerful book is “Do It For Me” by Adelaida Elkina. (The story of Anna Zelenova – Director of Pavlovsk palace before and after the war.)
But it is in Russian.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/Zelenova-2.JPG)

Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Helen_Azar on August 23, 2008, 01:46:36 PM
Pavlosk by Massie is a wonderful book an details the history of the Palace and its destruction by the Nazi's. It then details how the Palace was reconstructed by the Russians and has so much information it is a book you must own.

I have had this book for years and often re read it as it is so uplifting.

Yes, I agree. Especially since this subject is not something that often is published in the west. There are of course many books published in Russia, in Russian, which are excellent. About Pavlovsk, Pushkin, Strelna, etc. I picked up a few of these books, especially about Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) when I was in Russia a couple of years ago. When I get the chance I will try to go through some of them and post if I find some interesting things...
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Joanna on August 23, 2008, 05:41:48 PM
Another excellent book on Pavlovsk:

“Павловский дворец. А. И. Зеленова Статьи. Воспоминания. Письма”
Pavlovsk Palace A. Zelenova Articles Memoirs Letters

There are many photographs, detailed lists c1930s-40s, journals/letters of A. Kuchumov, etc.
ISBN: 5-89468-034-4

http://shop.urbi-et-orbi.spb.ru/products_pictures/5-89468-034-4s.jpg

Joanna
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Cathy on August 25, 2008, 08:51:54 AM
Just thought I would add the ISBN 09549137-1-X Polperro Heritage Press UK - "Saving The Tsars' Palaces" by Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova, 2005
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on August 25, 2008, 02:07:12 PM
I'll try and start writing down the info tonight and will hopefully post tomorrow.  I'll start with what I've got on the TS palaces, per Vladimir's request.  I've got a few books on the Amber Room, one specifically on TS, and several on Charles Cameron, who was one of the leading architects at the Catherine Palace and also designed Pavlovsk.  I think all of these are in English as well.
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on August 26, 2008, 12:23:00 PM

Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Summer Residence
208 pages
ISBN 5-94795-071-5
2005

This is a nice overview of the palaces and ensembles at Tsarskoye Selo.  It also has the most up-to-date pictures I’ve seen published both of the interiors and exteriors.  Some of the trim at the Catherine Palace is gilded and it does show that work has been done to the roof of one wing of the Alexander Palace.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see a rare interior photo of the Upper Bath, which is gorgeously pained in the Pompeian style with a dark red background.  So often the pavilion interiors don’t get shown at all.  I bought this book on the hermitage museum’s website for around $80 with shipping.  It is hard to find otherwise and I’ve seen it go for over $200 on ebay.

Sorry I’m being a bum and only posting one book.  Last night was really hectic and I will post more soon.

Chad

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/shop/html_En/products/00014_Tsarskoye_Selo.html
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on August 29, 2008, 12:16:54 PM
The Amber Room: The Fate of the World’s Greatest Lost Treasure.
Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
ISBN 0-670-04432-6
Viking Canada 2004
386 pages
In print.

The authors attempted to track down the Amber Room only to decide, after a long search, that it was destroyed when Konigsberg castle burned.  They follow many of the common theories throughout Germany and Russia.

A lot of information about Anatoly Kuchumov (and not all of it favorable, FYI to all the people here who knew him) and they also met with Alexander Kedrinsky, among others.

Pavlovsk: The Life of a Russian Palace
Suzanne Massie
ISBN 0-316-54970-3
Little, Brown 1990
394 pages

Just thought I'd put down the ISBN info in case anyone needs it.  This is really a phenomenal book, and is a great starting place for anyone interested in the palaces, even if Pavlovsk isn't your favorite one.  Massie includes plenty of information on many of the others as well.

Pavlovsk Palace and Park
Anatoly Kuchumov
No ISBN
Aurora Art Publishers 1973
443 pages
Out of print.  Can find a few used copies at some online booksellers.  Bought mine cheap on ebay.

A heavily illustrated (almost entirely in color) guide to the palace and grounds.  Most of the public rooms and their contents are described in detail.  Over a hundred pages are devoted to the park, along with a description.  Also includes a brief history of Pavlovsk.  Bob has included it on the website at http://www.alexanderpalace.org/pavlovsk/

Gardens of the Tsars
Margrethe Floryan
ISBN 0-89831-051-2
Sagapress 1996
263 pages
Out of print but can be found at some online booksellers, usually for a reasonable price.

In depth look at Russian garden design from the time of Peter the Great to the Revolution.  Talks about the gardens at Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk, Gatchina, Peterhof and many palaces near Moscow and throughout Russia from the Imperial era.

Imperial Palaces of Russia
Prince Michael of Greece
ISBN 1850432317
IB Taurus & Co., Ltd. 1992
200 pages
Out of print but can be found at some online booksellers, usually for a reasonable price.

This book deals with Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Tsarskoye Selo, Gatchina, and several others.  What makes this book unique is that it deals with what happened at the palaces (up until the revolution) instead of with the architecture and design.  The author vividly recounts the parties of Empress Elizabeth, the death of Catherine the Great, etc. in a very engaging prose.

Risen from the Ashes: Petrodvorets, Pushkin, Pavlovsk
ISBN 5730001916
Aurora Art Publishers, 1992
379 pages
Out of print but can be found at some online booksellers, though the book tends to be more expensive (around $100)

This is one of the few books out there (along with Saving the Tsars’ Palaces) that deals extensively with the restoration of the palaces.  The book has extensive archival and post-war photos as well as a detailed text giving an overview of the history and reconstruction of each ensemble.  Really a terrific resource.


I have a bunch more that I will post soon; a few on Pavlovsk, three more on the amber room alone, some dealing with multiple palaces, a couple on Charles Cameron, and some other stuff too.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Sarushka on August 29, 2008, 01:03:31 PM
Info available on the APTM Book Finder:

Aleksandrovskii Dvorets (Alexander Palace), by Larisa Bardovskaia (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=53)

Nicholas and Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family, by Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=24)

Peterburgskii Inter'er v Fotografiyakh (Petersburg Interiors in Photographs), by L.G. Myasnikova & Yu.B. Demidenko (http://Peterburgskii Inter'er v Fotografiyakh (Petersburg Interiors in Photographs)
by L.G. Myasnikova & Yu.B. Demidenko)

Romanov Legacy: The Palaces of St Petersburg, by Zoia Belyakova (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=69)


Also, click on these titles for a video flip-though of Tsarskoye Selo: The Imperial Summer Residence (http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Photo%20Album%20interiors/Tsarskoye%20Selo%20The%20Imperial%20Summer%20Residence/?action=view&current=100_5995.flv) or Nicholas and Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family (http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Photo%20Album%20interiors/Nicholas%20and%20Alexandra%20At%20Home%20with%20the%20Last%20Tsar/?action=view&current=101_6013.flv).


Chad (or anyone else) -- please PM me if you'd be interested in providing book profiles for any of the titles you've mentioned that are not already included in the Book Finder! I'd also love to add video flip-throughs of new titles...
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 14, 2008, 11:56:45 AM
Chad, do you have this book?
(TS by Alain de Gourcuff)

(http://i014.radikal.ru/0809/c5/1e5fd4e1d2cet.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i014.radikal.ru/0809/c5/1e5fd4e1d2ce.jpg.html)
 
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on September 15, 2008, 12:07:07 PM

Yes, I do have it.  It is actually part of a 4 volume set on TS, Gatchina, Pavlovsk and Peterhof.  Sorry I haven't been posting books lately, but I will start again this week.  Also, I'm taking pictures of all the covers and they will be put in the AP Book Finder.

Is there anything specific you wanted to know about the book, Vladimir?
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on September 19, 2008, 11:48:59 AM
Here are some more.

Books on Charles Cameron, architect at TS and Pavlovsk

Charles Cameron
Georges Loukomski
No ISBN
Nicholson & Watson – The Commodore Press, London 1943
102 pages
Out of Print but not too expensive

This book was published during the war and was meant to bring Cameron to the attention of the English.  I personally found some inaccuracies in the text, but it is illustrated with good quality prewar photos.  (I thought this book might be on line here, but I don't see it.  Does anyone know?)

Charles Cameron: Architect to the Court of Russia
Isobel Rae
ISBN 0236154230
Elek Books, London 1971
111 pages
Out of print.  Reasonably priced

Probably the most in-depth book around on Cameron with a detailed and informative text, though few illustrations.

The Empress and the Architect: British Architecture and Gardens at the Court of Catherine the Great
Dimitri Shvidkovsky
ISBN 0300065647
273 pages

This fantastic book begins with Charles Cameron’s work for Catherine the Great and expands from there to look at other styles and movements in Russian architecture at the time, including Neo-gothic, Orientalism, and Neo Russian.  The book talks in depth about Adam Menelaws and William Hastie among others.  There is a considerable amount on Tsaritsino and other complexes.  The book is beautifully illustrated with modern and archival photos as well as wonderful architectural renderings by the architects involved.

Imperial Palaces in the Vicinity of Saint Petersburg: Gatchina Pavlovsk Peterhof Tsarskoe Selo
Emmanuel Ducamp, editor.  ISBN 2909838013

Tsarskoe Selo
103 pages

Gatchina
127 pages

Pavlovsk
101 pages

These four volumes (which were also sold separately) are primarily very high quality reproductions of watercolors of the palaces, both exterior and interior.  The set is rather hard to come by and the publisher went under shortly afterward (so I'm told).  A complete set can easily cost over $200.  Be careful if you try to buy it as it isn't always easy to tell if the whole set is for sale or just a single volume.  All my copies have the same ISBN number.  I'm not sure if it is different for the individual volumes, but I imagine it is. The picture Vladimir posted shows a different cover than what is on my volume, so I'm assuming his isn't part of a set.

I've still got a bunch more to post; I'll get to them soon.  Hope I'm not boring you guys with this.

Chad
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Ivan Gurlov on January 16, 2009, 01:21:08 PM
The Amber Room: The Fate of the World’s Greatest Lost Treasure.
Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

Have just read this book - lots of interesting insights and info but DEFINITELY do not like their writing style - it is as if this is just another in there many round of world investigations being carried out - there is limited indication that the writers really and truly connected with the significance of the Amber Room).
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: geglov3 on June 29, 2009, 06:46:55 AM
Небольшая библиотека на русском языке.

A small library is in Russian.

http://pushkin-history.info/tsarskoe-selo.html
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Alexandre Mikhaelovitch on October 26, 2010, 05:44:54 PM
A new book in french is available now :

" Tsarskoïe Selo , trois siècles de splendeur impériale russe " - Emmanuel Ducamp and Marc Walter - Swan Editor -Paris october 2010

Price 129 € .
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Alexandre Mikhaelovitch on November 07, 2010, 01:15:22 AM
A new book in french is available now :

" Tsarskoïe Selo , trois siècles de splendeur impériale russe " - Emmanuel Ducamp and Marc Walter - Swan Editor -Paris october 2010

Price 129 € .

That is the cover of this fabulous book . It is available in france here : http://livre.fnac.com/a3127899/Emmanuel-Ducamp-Tsarskoie-Selo-Trois-siecles-de-splendeur-imperiale-russe (http://livre.fnac.com/a3127899/Emmanuel-Ducamp-Tsarskoie-Selo-Trois-siecles-de-splendeur-imperiale-russe)

(http://nsm04.casimages.com/img/2010/11/07//101107081528501257069619.jpg) (http://www.casimages.com)
©Swan Editeur 2010
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: Nemos on November 11, 2010, 03:01:28 PM
http://book-old.ru/BookLibrary/38700-Prigorodyi-SPb/1910.-TSarskoe-Selo-v-tsarstvovanie-Imperatritsyi-Elisavetyi-Petrovnyi.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/81951186/6c053a6/1910_Tzarsk_Selo_Elizav_Petrovni.pdf.html

   

1910. "Царское Село в царствование Императрицы Елисаветы Петровны", материалы для истории искусства в России в XVIII веке по главнейшим архитектурным памятникам., 520 стр., 148,58 Мб., PDF. А.Бенуа.

1910. Tsarskoe Selo in the reign of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, the materials for the history of art in Russia in the XVIII century, the main architectural monuments., 520 pp, 148.58 MB., PDF. A. Benoit.
Title: Re: Books and Resourses on the Imperial Palaces
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 01, 2011, 10:07:22 PM
Does anyone know where I can find a copy of Tsarskoie Selo: De Catherine II a Nicholas II, trois siecles de splendeur?  I have found several websites that sell it, but they are all French and do not ship outside of Europe.  I found one copy on Amazon.fr for well over $400 (too expensive) and I'm starting to get desperate.  If anyone can recommend a website that will definitely ship to the United States, I would be very grateful.   Thanks!
Title: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: Forum Admin on May 01, 2012, 02:19:29 PM
New piece added to the main APTM website, with a first hand account of Isabel Hapgood's summer 1896 visit. Enjoy.

http://alexanderpalace.org/palace/An-Imperial-Pleasure-Place.html (http://alexanderpalace.org/palace/An-Imperial-Pleasure-Place.html)
Title: Re: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: EmmyLee on May 01, 2012, 05:32:06 PM
Is it just my computer or is there a problem with the images? Other than that, it was fun to read through.
Title: Re: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: Forum Admin on May 01, 2012, 06:41:19 PM
We are having a software issue about the pictures.  They show fine in the admin/preview, but don't want to load on the direct link for some weird reason.  We are working to fix it ASAP. Thanks for your patience.
Title: Re: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: Rodney_G. on May 02, 2012, 06:13:19 PM
Assuming this is the same Cosmopolitan magazine as the present day version (Cosmo?), what can we say about its readership? That it has regressed over the last 116 years? Could be. I myself find this 1896 royalty -watching , seemingly aimed at a middle- to upper middle class reader, to be much preferable to endless articles about how to lose  nine pounds in a day or 23 ways to drive your man crazy. This article is actually quite interesting , to men as well as women.
Title: Re: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: EmmyLee on May 02, 2012, 06:33:44 PM
Great, they're working now!
Title: Re: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: bestfriendsgirl on May 02, 2012, 07:31:49 PM
Actually, Cosmopolitan was fairly high-brow until Helen Gurley Brown took it over in the 1960s. I read it religiously when I was in college in the early 80s, when it actually had some good career and money advice along with all that sex. Now it's pretty much a straight-on sex manual.
Title: Re: 1896 Cosmopolitan Magazine Article about Tsarskoe Selo by Isabel Hapgood.
Post by: blessOTMA on May 03, 2012, 03:03:44 AM
Terrific addition !  Thanks!