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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Sarai on June 16, 2004, 03:06:46 PM

Title: The Last Tsar, by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarai on June 16, 2004, 03:06:46 PM
I am debating whether or not this book is worth adding to my literary "wish list." I have read a few reviews about it elsewhere and they have all been good. From what I've read, it seems this book is similar to the recently published The Camera and the Tsars in that it shows many rare photographs of not only the Tsar, but his extended family as well.

This is all good and well, but are the pictures found in Yermilova's book different than those in The Camera and the Tsars (which is a book I definitely want to get) and different from those in Love, Power, & Tragedy, Kurth's Tsar, and Prince Michael's Family Albums (all of which I already own)? Basically I want to know if this book presents fairly original pictures with little duplication from what is found in other Romanov picture books.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Joanna on June 18, 2004, 09:37:44 PM
Hi Sarai !

I am still waiting for The Camera and The Tsars :( but I pulled out The Last Tsar and I am stunned that it opened to a photo of N&A with GD Olga at the Kremlin in 1903. It is of the same procession in the video that I linked to in another thread. And I am very sure it is GD Serge walking with GD Elizabeth!!

I do recommend this book. There are many photographs that I have never seen before and for example of the 1903 visit to Moscow there are six pages of photos. There are also two sections on Alexander II and III. And the quality of the reproductions of the photographs is excellent.

One photograph on page 149 has a caption "N&A with members of the royal family, seamen and officers" that I believe is at Spala with Prince Henry and Princess Irene. There is no date but GD Olga is very young maybe four or five. It is lovely to find this early photograph to compare it to others of Spala and try to solve the mystery of where it was taken and the year!

Joanna
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarai on June 20, 2004, 02:32:59 PM
Joanna,
Thanks for your input - it certainly helps me to decide whether or not to get this book!
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Abby on July 07, 2004, 07:36:22 PM
Hi-- I got the book in the mail today. I was wondering, like you, whether or not to get it. I will tell you this--it's not worth it. There are hardly any photos of the imperial family...no candids, no poses, no vacation shots, what-have-you. It is filled with military type shots and long-distance photos of royal processions..very boring. A dissapointment. Most of the book is about tsars before Nicholas II, anyway!
I recommend Love Power and Tragedy, Tsar: Lost World of N&A, N&A:The Family Albums, and Royal Russia. I am waiting for Romanov Family Albums and Sunset... which I hope will be better!
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Lanie on July 07, 2004, 07:56:08 PM
Sunset wasn't worth it for me... but I paid about $90 for it!
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Silja on July 08, 2004, 03:07:09 PM
I agree with Abby as to Yermilova's book. I never bought it for just that reason after skimming through.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: anna on July 08, 2004, 04:47:01 PM
Oh dear :o
Thanks Abbey and Silja for the warning. I've ordered this book a few days ago, but I think I cancel. You've saved me a lot of money.

Yesterday I received my secondhand copy of "The Jewel Album of Tsar Nicholas". I must say the book is in a very good state and I think its lovely...... ( nice price too ;)

Anna
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarai on July 08, 2004, 08:13:23 PM
I thank you for those warnings as well! I have not yet purchased this book and I am now reconsidering it. Unless I find it for a VERY good price, I don't think I will bother buying it then.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Olga on December 02, 2004, 07:02:41 AM
I bought this book today for AUS$24.95. I came across it, quite unexpectedly in a newsagent. It's got some good photos of the Orlov diamond, the Archangel cathedral/tomb, Anna Ivanovna's crown (which I'd never seen before) some random Faberge egg, interiors of the Kremlin, the Grand Duchesses' wedding tiara and quite a bit of text which was quite well written.

Not even the compulsory famous shot of OTMA Nikolaevna is present. There isn't much focus on the IF.

Immediate Imperial Family = 4/10
Military = 7/10
Extended family = 7/10
Historical photos/drawings = 8/10

Overall = 6/10
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: elisa_1872 on December 02, 2004, 12:01:18 PM
Hi Sarai!

This book is very interesting, although i think the back of the book is an apt summary, that it has "special emphasis" on Nicholas because, there is much material on the previous tsars in it as well. There are many military photographs, and quite a lot of text, but if you enjoy photograph books just on Nicholas's family, you might prefer one of the others instead. However, i still enjoyed the book very much - because the photographs that are there are extremely interesting, and im sure that is Grand Duke Sergei and GD Ella in the parade, because i saw a film clip of the same photograph, and is almost certainly them. I especially liked the single portrait of Alexandra in it, with beads. The quality of the photos is very good too. Im not sure the title should have been "the Last Tsar" when there is only a large chapter on him in the book, but i still would recommend this chapter on the strength of its pictures.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Belochka on December 02, 2004, 10:22:53 PM
This is a splendid photo book.

The book is actually split into only three chapters + an Introduction, of which Nikolai II occupies the largest number of pages (69 -255).

My favorite photo is the second last one on p 254, showing two large Imperial eagles in flight (at the foreground) while Nikolai is deep in thought with his head bent down, unaware that his upper body is refllected on the marble stand (almost midline) which carries those magnificent eagles.  :)
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarushka on August 19, 2005, 10:49:13 PM
I see opinions on this one are split.

Either way, is it worth $25-30 US? (For me to be happy about parting with $25-30, I basically need to see a fair number of new photos. At that price, a book doesn't need to knock my socks of -- it just needs to not stink.)
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Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Belochka on August 20, 2005, 12:16:00 AM
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IEither way, is it worth $25-30 US?


Absolutely!  ;D

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I basically need to see a fair number of new photos


You will be rewarded with quite a few "new" photographs and informative text.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Eurohistory on August 20, 2005, 12:33:13 PM
This is a lovely book.  Here at Eurohistory.com we have sold about 50 copies of it and continue to sell it...highly recommended.

Arturo Beéche
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarushka on September 03, 2005, 07:22:27 PM
Thanks for your opinions. I ordered the book and it arrived yesterday, so here's my two cents' worth:

Short version: I'm very happy with it, and the photos are different from those in Camera & the Tsars, Romanovs: Love, Power and Tragedy, and Nicholas & Alexandra: the Family Albums.

Long version: It's true, there's a significant number of wide-angle photos of processions and military reviews in which the Imperial Family members are a bit lost in the crowd. Also, it's true that OTMAA isn't the main focus here. BUT -- I loved the pictures of Marie Feodorovna and Alexander III & family on their visits to Copenhagen. I thourougly enjoyed seeing both Alexander III and Nicholas II as small boys and young men with their siblings; it gave me a much better sense of the wider context of Nicky's immediate family. For those of you who are interested specifically in Nicky, Alix, and their children, this probably isn't the book for you. If you want to have a broader look at Nicky's family life, this is excellent. I even like it better than the Jewel Album of Nicholas II, which I also got yesterday.  ;)
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Ortino on September 03, 2005, 10:42:14 PM
Sarahelizabethii, where did you get your copy of this book? I'm considering buying it, but I don't want to pay a lot of money.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Teddy on September 04, 2005, 04:01:01 AM
What sarahelizabethii says in her short and long version of the book is true. But I think its still a book you must have. :)
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: amelia on September 04, 2005, 03:38:32 PM
The best place to buy books n the Romanovs is Eurohistory. Arturo Beeche has an excellent list of books, many out of print books.

He also sells books on European royalty, that nobody else has.Please log-in to his website and you will see the list.

By the way, his magazine is also excellent.

Amelia
Title: The Last Tzar
Post by: Caleb on January 27, 2006, 10:07:26 PM
I didn't see this posted anywhere else, but last week I bought "The Last Tzar" by Larissa Yermilova. There are scores of unpublished photographs starting with Alexander II working up to Nicholas II. There are also some sketches of some of the major preceeding Romanovs like Mikhail I, Peter the Great, Sophia, Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, Alexander I & Nicholas I. There were so many photos that I hadn't seen before! I first saw it when I was downtown (Chicago) last Saturday at Border's on State St. I checked & the Borders in Wheaton, where I live had it, so I bought I on Sunday afternoon. Some of the photos had the borders & writing on it, which I like, because I get this feeling that I have personally  been invited into the Romanov archives. The exact same feeling comes about when I look at "Nicholas & Alexandra; the last Imperial Family of Czarist Russia" I highly recommend the books for your Romanov book collection at your home library!
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: newfan on June 30, 2010, 01:53:50 AM
Hello

Is there a difference between the 1996 and 2005 publication?Does the 1996 has more photographs then the newer ?

Thank you
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarushka on June 30, 2010, 08:01:30 AM
I'm pretty sure they're the same. I have the 1996 version but I've seen one with a different cover (a closeup formal of NII in uniform) and the content was identical.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: violetta on July 01, 2010, 07:15:48 AM
two years ago this book was published in poland. and i wrote a review in a russian newspaper here i.e. this bimonthly magazine iz published in poland but it`s language is russian. if anyone is interested fo to www.gazetarosyjska.pl. below is a text of my review ( i have to stress that for me the value of this album consists not in the number of photographs of OTMA or the last empress but rather in a possibility to have a glimpse of the royals` privacy. if you look at these pictures you will see that in many cases  people in the photographs got rid of their official masks and displayed their real selves: funny, witty, melancholic etc. and this is a book of how the invention o the camera made royals more human and accessible)

L. Ermilova OSTATNI CAR Wydawnictwo Amber , 2007

Хотя заглавие книги кажется довольно однозначным, OSTATNI CAR не является очередной биографией последнего российского самодержца. Лариса Ермилова предлагает читателям главным образом историю правления двух последних российских императоров, Александра III и его сына Николая II, в фотографиях. Намереваясь представить ясную картину этих двух царствований, автор кратко описала 300-летнее правление династии Романовых, сопроводив свой рассказ иллюстрациями.
Технический прогресс, принесший с собой изобретение фотографии, позволил подданным самодержцев увидеть своих правителей. Благодаря этой новинке, монархи перестали быть недоступными небожителями и словно вошли во многие дома Империи. Кроме позирования по случаю различных официальных событий, многие члены царской семьи с удовольствием фотографировались во время семейных торжеств или в повседневной жизни. А семья Николая II приобрела аппарат, и ее члены делали снимки в непринужденной обстановке.   
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: violetta on July 01, 2010, 07:18:44 AM
Многие из тщательно отобранных фото никогда не были опубликованы. Об уникальности книги свидетельствует интимно-семейный характер фотографий, позволяющих нам заглянуть в недоступные для простых смертных царские покои и увидеть их сокрытое от посторонних глаз «я».  Наверняка, члены царской семьи не подозревали, что спустя годы их личная жизнь станет достоянием общественности.
Несмотря на неофициальный характер многих фотографий, их герои редко забывают о правилах поведения, привитых строгими учителями и родителями: члены царской семьи должны вести себя подобающим образом в каждой ситуации. Однако суровое воспитание порой позволяло им сбрасывать маски и сгонять с лиц официальные улыбки. Книга Ларисы Ермиловой дает нам редкий шанс увидеть комическую сторону Великого Князя Александра Александровича, будущего императора Александра III, и его братьев. Лицо императрицы Александры Федоровны чуточку светлеет, ее привычныя стеснительность и нелюдимость на мгновение отступают. А в сдержанном жесте и нежно-спокойном взгляде Марии Федоровны, положившей руку на плечо мужа, больше страсти и эротизма, чем в обнаженных моделях «Плейбоя»...   


UNFORTUNATELY THIS REVIEW IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN READ RUSSIAN
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: rosieposie on July 02, 2010, 05:25:09 AM
Violetta yor review was excellent.  (I used Babelfish to translate)  I wouldn't mind seeing this book.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: katmaxoz on July 02, 2010, 07:21:02 AM


UNFORTUNATELY THIS REVIEW IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN READ RUSSIAN

or use google translate. It's a great way to get around a lot of Russian sites....I agree, it's the variety of images in this book that make it one to keep coming back to.  The title is rather misleading as it is much more than Nicholas II.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: violetta on July 02, 2010, 01:47:49 PM


UNFORTUNATELY THIS REVIEW IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN READ RUSSIAN

or use google translate. It's a great way to get around a lot of Russian sites....I agree, it's the variety of images in this book that make it one to keep coming back to.  The title is rather misleading as it is much more than Nicholas II.

as i did point out the title is misleading because it suggests that the book is only about the last emperor but yermilova`s book is more that a story of nikolay II. what title would you suggest?what title would reflect the content of the book?
Title: The Last Tsar, by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: s.v.markov on November 03, 2011, 01:02:21 PM
A bookseller has offered me a copy of this (very!) large photo book. I have not seen it yet. Can anyone tell me anything about it? I apologise if there is already a thread on it ~ I looked back but didn't locate it. I already have the other well-known photo books, and wondered if I should buy this one too. Thank you.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar, by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Laura Mabee on November 03, 2011, 03:37:05 PM
To get a better idea of what the book has to offer check out:
The Alexander Palace Book Finder - The Last Tsar (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=14)

or

This thread (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=401.0)

I think it's a great book, I opened up my copy to get an idea of what was in it to be pleasantly surprised by how many great photos are in it.
I took a video with my phone (please excuse the poor quality) to kind of give a peek inside. Check it out here.  (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v288/n_sane_peace/romanovforums/?action=view&current=thelasttsar.mp4)
Title: Re: The Last Tsar, by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Rodney_G. on November 03, 2011, 06:48:40 PM
To get a better idea of what the book has to offer check out:
The Alexander Palace Book Finder - The Last Tsar (http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=14)

or

This thread (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=401.0)

I think it's a great book, I opened up my copy to get an idea of what was in it to be pleasantly surprised by how many great photos are in it.
I took a video with my phone (please excuse the poor quality) to kind of give a peek inside. Check it out here.  (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v288/n_sane_peace/romanovforums/?action=view&current=thelasttsar.mp4)

It's an easy call to agree with Laura on this. I looked at it early on in my Romanov 'career', and I still think it's one of the very best photo collections. It's the source of some of what you may consider quite a few "semi-rare" photos.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar, by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: Sarushka on November 03, 2011, 08:51:51 PM
This thread (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=401.0)

Thanks for digging up the link. I've merged the threads. My original opinion is a dozen or so posts down from here. I've had the book for 6 years now, and certainly don't regret it.
Title: Re: The Last Tsar, by Larissa Yermilova
Post by: s.v.markov on November 04, 2011, 03:15:40 AM
Thank you so much Laura, Rodney and Sarushka for your replies ~ especially Laura for 'showing' me the book ~ and for your opinions. Thanks too for merging the threads.  Forum members here are SO reliable and helpful !  I am collecting the book in Cambridge (UK) today!!