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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 01, 2004, 12:53:26 PM

Title: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 01, 2004, 12:53:26 PM
Well, i started this topic because i´ve been crazy looking for this book for many years. I have extracts from it and could find some pages reproduced in Jacques Ferrand´s books but it seems it´s almost impossible to find. It´s full of priceless information about all the members of the russian court, where did they live in 1913-14(date of publication of the book) and even their phone numbers!

I really do not know what more should i try to find it, so if anyone could help i would THANK her/him VERY VERY much...
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Lisa on August 01, 2004, 01:03:54 PM
Couldn't you ask at a library to "command" it? I don't know how to say in English, but in French, we call that "un Prêt Entre Bibliothèques" (P.E.B.). C'est très pratique!
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 01, 2004, 01:33:10 PM
Well, Lisa, to tell the truth i have not the least confidence in Granada´s Library. In Spain as a whole i had never seen many of the books i have on this subject at home... Thanks all the same for your kind answer!
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 01, 2004, 02:05:57 PM
Thanks so much Elizabeta!

In fact, i´m not looking for specific information but want to have a copy of this book because it contains so much detailed information on the people of the court.
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Joanna on August 01, 2004, 08:48:16 PM
Hi Antonio,

I have read that the Almanachs were called Russian Imperial Court Almanachs and were produced each year i.e. 1910, 1911, 1912 but one was only produced for 1913/14. They were published in Leipzig so I am wondering if you will have more luck with German antiquarian book agents.

Joanna
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 01, 2004, 09:14:56 PM
Thanks so much Joanna!

I was looking for the 1913-14, as i think it´s the most interesting. I know not a word of German( other than palais, grossherzog, schloss and the kind... :) ) but i will try..I can understand writen french so i first tried with french shops...always foreign languages...i wish i would have had as a child an english, french, german and russian nurse!! :)
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Joanna on August 01, 2004, 09:32:31 PM
Hi Antonio,

Although Leipzig was the centre for printers c1800's - c1900's, they also produced editions in different languages other than German. The Almanachs were printed also in French as I have seen references to these editions. When you contact antiquarian agents, request a search for either language and hopefully one will turn up. Of the cost I am holding my breath  :)

Joanna  
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 01, 2004, 09:37:43 PM
The price i can tell you, i found an exemplair of this book in a french site and wrote to ask for the book but they (i don´t know why) did not even answer...It cost more or less 190$...
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Joanna on August 01, 2004, 10:16:32 PM
Hi Antonio,

For this rare book, that is not as high as I thought it may be :) Why not write them again. There may have been a legitimate reason for not replying i.e. email problems. Or check the site if there is another email address. Do you have a french antiquarian agent as they may be more successful enquiring for you?

Bonne Chance :)  I will love you to have this book as you will then be our reference guide!

Joanna
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on August 02, 2004, 09:06:21 AM
Thanks Joanna!

Well, i have never had a french antiquarian agent, how should i try to find one? Could you tell me more or less how does this agent work?
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Joanna on August 02, 2004, 03:09:31 PM
Hi Antonio,

I have sent you an email ok  :)

Joanna
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Joanna on November 14, 2004, 12:11:11 AM
Hi Antonio,

Although not of 1914, I have found a database for St. Petersburg 1917. To quote translation: '...The alphabet of inhabitants of Petrograd, Gatchina, Kolpino, Red Village, Oranienbaum, Pavlovska, Peterhof, Sestroretsk and Tsarskoe Selo for 1917...a name and a patronymic or the initials, street and number of a house of residing, a social status, an occupation or a place of service, phone..."

http://www.petergen.com/search.shtml

For sample I have used Vyrubova and Taneva in cyrillic but no success yet. I will keep trying different variations but if you can get the database to work better, I will adore to know!

Joanna

Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on November 14, 2004, 07:17:52 PM
Hi Joanna!

You really are the Sherlock Holmes of the web :)

It seems a wonderful book, for it will be on sale. It´s been published this very year. I tried also to find those names i was interested on but have no luck....

Thanks for such a wonderful find!
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Mike on November 15, 2004, 05:09:06 AM
The Petergen database contains, at this time, only surnames that begin with yu, ya and a few other last letters of the Russian alphabet. When searched, it returns just a list of surnames, and for any additional information (like full name, address etc.) the user is referred to a CD that cost 250 rubles and contains a photocopy - not a searchable DB - of the Ves' Petrograd 1917 address book.
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Belochka on November 15, 2004, 06:49:55 PM
It seems that the letter "A" will be forthcoming. For some it will be a long wait to have the entire listing. ::)
Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: Ereena on November 25, 2006, 03:31:09 AM

An electronic reprint of the 1912 edition is scheduled for release in November 2006.  To reserve a copy, go to:

http://www.petergen.com/shop/cdspbalm1912.shtml

Title: Re: Almanach de St Petersbourg
Post by: 3710 on July 01, 2015, 05:26:15 AM
The office was on Kirochnaia St, 24  The St.Petersburg  phone book for 1914 puts it as: "Издательство А. Цинзерлинг и Ко. Директор ван-дер Ховен, Фредерик Адрианович (who resided at the same address, as well). Цена за год 4 рубля ВП 1914"