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Re: "The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy"
« Reply #90 on: June 05, 2014, 05:04:33 PM »
This book has been recommended before, but the prices have looked so expensive that I couldn't bring myself to order it until I saw it on Amazon for under 40 pounds and felt it was now or never. My brand new copy arrived today, protected by plastic wrapping. I haven't finished it yet but it's interesting that even though this book is so well-known, it has photos I've never seen scanned before.
Do the wonderful pictures you posted on the forum come from this book? If so, it makes me want to buy it too.
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« Reply #91 on: June 05, 2014, 08:47:02 PM »
My brand new copy arrived today, protected by plastic wrapping.

Be gentle with the binding some copies were bound too tightly and are prone to splitting.
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« Reply #92 on: June 06, 2014, 01:07:33 AM »
Do the wonderful pictures you posted on the forum come from this book? If so, it makes me want to buy it too.

No, but it has other lovely uncommon images, not terribly many (so the best reason to consider buying it is still the chance to have a high-quality book with a large collection of photos) but a few. It might not be possible to post the photos here because of copyright reasons.

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« Reply #93 on: June 06, 2014, 10:12:27 AM »
You've written a great review here, Ally.
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« Reply #94 on: June 06, 2014, 01:46:11 PM »
No, but it has other lovely uncommon images, not terribly many (so the best reason to consider buying it is still the chance to have a high-quality book with a large collection of photos) but a few. It might not be possible to post the photos here because of copyright reasons.
Does it have the same pictures as "Nicholas and Alexandra: the Family Albums" ? I have this one, so I wonder if it's necessary to buy "The Romanovs: Love, Power and Tragedy" too.
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« Reply #95 on: June 07, 2014, 03:25:32 PM »
Does it have the same pictures as "Nicholas and Alexandra: the Family Albums" ? I have this one, so I wonder if it's necessary to buy "The Romanovs: Love, Power and Tragedy" too.

I don't have a copy of The Family Albums, so I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question.

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« Reply #96 on: June 07, 2014, 06:36:13 PM »
Okay, thanks anyway, KarinK:-)
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Re: "The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy"
« Reply #97 on: June 08, 2014, 07:08:04 AM »
No, but it has other lovely uncommon images, not terribly many (so the best reason to consider buying it is still the chance to have a high-quality book with a large collection of photos) but a few. It might not be possible to post the photos here because of copyright reasons.
Does it have the same pictures as "Nicholas and Alexandra: the Family Albums" ? I have this one, so I wonder if it's necessary to buy "The Romanovs: Love, Power and Tragedy" too.

The two books actually have quite different pictures.  LPT is more of a mixture of formal/informal with a lot of extra documents. N&A the family albums are almost exclusively informal family photos - all from the Beindeinke (spelt wrong I'm sure) albums which are now available online for free - but having said that, its still one of the more iconic Romanov photo books out there. However if I had to own only one of these books I think it would be LPT.



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Re: "The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy"
« Reply #98 on: June 08, 2014, 08:37:28 AM »
N&A the family albums are almost exclusively informal family photos - all from the Beindeinke (spelt wrong I'm sure) albums which are now available online for free -

You may be confusing The Romanov Family Album with Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums.

The Romanov Family album is indeed comprised entirely of informal photos from the Beinicke albums, accompanied by excerpts from Anna Vyrubova's memoirs. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums is made up of photos selected from GARF's collection by Prince Michael of Greece.

I would have a difficult time choosing between LPT and Prince Michael's book.
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Re: "The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy"
« Reply #99 on: June 10, 2014, 06:21:30 PM »
N&A the family albums are almost exclusively informal family photos - all from the Beindeinke (spelt wrong I'm sure) albums which are now available online for free -

You may be confusing The Romanov Family Album with Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums.

The Romanov Family album is indeed comprised entirely of informal photos from the Beinicke albums, accompanied by excerpts from Anna Vyrubova's memoirs. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums is made up of photos selected from GARF's collection by Prince Michael of Greece
I would have a difficult time choosing between LPT and Prince Michael's book.


Yes , Prince Michael's album is a gem. I eventually  got hold of a copy from a library and had photocopies made of some of the  most appealing of them. " Rodney_G, you have the right to remain silent..."

This was probably a minor copyright violation, though I can't say I experienced much guilt . On this theme, I should point out that the library copy I borrowed was the second I'd come across. The first was in my local city library, shelved next to The Romanov Family Album, and a third major well -known photo album, TSAR? by Larisa somethingRussian? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven, coming across these three babies  by accident, and at a time when I'd seen very little in the way of IF photos. Because I had my arms full of other Romanov books, I literally couldn't carry  the three photo albums and decided to return to the library the next day to check them out. I did , but the three albums were gone. I coul;dn't believe it. I doubt they'd been borrowed more than a few times each the entire time the library had them. But they were all taken out within hours of my passing them by.

The only thing that pissed me off more than not snagging them then was  fiinding out that they were never returned. Which they were not. I thought I was a Romanov aficionado,but I guess the guy who  permanently 'borrowed' them for perusal at his home at his own convenience was willing to  steal for his IF fix.

At any rate, as per Sarushka, you can't go wrong with either of the albums mentioned, though maybe you might want to be careful about who you let 'borrow' them.
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Re: "The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy"
« Reply #100 on: June 10, 2014, 10:34:50 PM »
and a third major well -known photo album, TSAR? by Larisa somethingRussian?

The Last Tsar, by Larisa Yermilova? (The cover might not match the one you saw there are at least two versions out there.)
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« Reply #101 on: June 21, 2014, 12:48:18 PM »
and a third major well -known photo album, TSAR? by Larisa somethingRussian?

The Last Tsar, by Larisa Yermilova? (The cover might not match the one you saw — there are at least two versions out there.)

Yes, indeedy , Sarah.
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