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Close of a Dynasty, Rescue of the surviving Romanovs
« on: September 12, 2006, 04:49:27 AM »
Hi everyone

I saw this book in an antique bookshop, but couldn't afford it at the time as it was REALLY expensive, I was wondering if anyone here had read it and if it's any good? I had a quick flick through and it had interesting photos I haven't seen before, and there where some interesting pieces of information I've never seen before about the IF. It's from the 1950's and is written by an admiral (the one who controlled the ship that rescued the surving Romanovs in 1919.

It was £25 and I don't want to waste that amount of money unless I'm sure it's worth getting, so could anyone help me?

Thanks in advance!

Rachael
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Re: Close of a Dynasty, Rescue of the surviving Romanovs
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006, 08:39:57 AM »
I have the book and I think it is excellent. I have re-read it several times.  I have paid here in USA, about 120 dollars two years ago, and it was worth it.

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Re: Close of a Dynasty, Rescue of the surviving Romanovs
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 08:43:01 AM »
Rachael ~ That's a good 'find' ~ well done! You certainly have a knack of finding good things! Lt. Commander (later Vice-Admiral Sir) Francis Pridham was given the job of arranging accomodation on the British battleship HMS Marlborough for those members of the Romanov family and many other refugees who were to be evacuated from Yalta in April 1919. They included Dowager Empress Marie, her daughter GD Xenia, and Xenia's children. Francis Pridham carried out his duties very well, and both Marie and Xenia expressed their gratitude to him, although they were both very unwilling to leave at first.

Pridham wrote his memoirs at the end of his career, and that's the book you have found. I thought I had one, but I don't seem to be able to find it today (probably lent it to someone!). I remember it has some folding maps and family trees etc., and some good photos, and tells the whole story of the evacuation. GD Xenia was always fond of Pridham ~ he visited her in England a few times, and she agreed to write an introduction to his book ~ did you see that? John van der Kiste and Coryne Hall use the book as a source in their own biographies of GD Xenia ('Once a Grand Duchess')  and Empress Marie ('Little Mother of Russia').

As for the book you have found, for £25 I would expect a nice copy, with tight pages and photos, and maybe a dust-jacket. There are a few copies on the ABEbooks.co.uk site varying from £6 - £35, but some of them sound very tatty.  It was reprinted by the Royalty Digest people about ten years ago, and they probably still have new copies, but, if you're like me, you'll want to find a nice original edition......

It's definitely worth having in a Romanov collection like yours, and I've learnt from experience that you have to get these things when you see them. You could go in and, in a pathetic voice, say that you would really love to have the book, but you don't have much money and could they reduce it for you........or, if that fails, you could ask them to keep it for you and then do the washing-up, grass-cutting, car-cleaning etc until you've got enough!!

I hope you get it! Let us all know what happens!

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Re: Close of a Dynasty, Rescue of the surviving Romanovs
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 11:29:04 AM »
Hi there, yep, the book is in good condition, so I'll probably get it, as I've said the pic's are interesting and I like unusual books about the IF.

Luckiliy, I have a part time job now, so money is pleniful and I'm sure I can afford it! Although I'll have to be careful as lot's of othyer great books (non-Romanov related) are being published, and I've promised I've myself I'll by them too!

Thanks again for all your help, it's invaluable!

Rachael
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Re: Close of a Dynasty, Rescue of the surviving Romanovs
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006, 01:46:42 PM »
Doesn't anyone read the main Alexander Palace Time Machine site anymore...  ???

http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/marlborough.html

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Re: Close of a Dynasty, Rescue of the surviving Romanovs
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006, 03:47:51 PM »
Oh!!!!!!!!!!! Is that the whole Romanov related extract? Sorry I didn't see it, I use the forum far more than the main site so I have the forum on my favourites list instead of the main site.

Does the book have anything else to offer besides what's posted here on the AP (thanks for provising the transcript BTW!)

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Rachael
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