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Book Description

Edited by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.; illustrated title pages to front followed by contents list & introduction by Audrey Kennett; The stages of political evolution that led Imperial Russia to emerge as a Great Power during the years 1700 through 1900 were, for the most part, guided by six exuberant sovereigns: Peter the Great. Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great in the eighteenth century, and Alexander I, NichoIas I, and Alexander II in the nineteenth. Their achievements and transgressions, along with those of the nobility and upper class, were on so grand and inventive a scale that they surpassed 'extravagance'. In this elegant volume we are drawn into their world by their own words and those of contemporaries - observations and insights which Jacqueline Onassis has distilled from many sources and presents as running accompaniment to the wealth of illustrations. Audrey Kennett in her Introduction, provides a lively commentary on a world whose splendour matched its iniquity. The photographs, selected from private and public sources, show the best of the Russians cherished possessions: palaces and furnishings, jewels and objets d'art, Particularly remarkable were their extraordinary clothes, some of which were especially photographed for this book in rooms of the Winter Palace. Other decorative and fine arts, especially engravings and paintings of personalities, pIaces, and events, reflect important moments in Russia's history. Whatever may be said of the ways and whims of these exceptional people. above all. and at whatever cost they lived a life of style beautifully illuminated on page after page of this volume.
Dealer Notes
First Edition; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall; Gilt titles spine & gilt publisher's device front cover; Dust Jacket un-clipped & now in archive acetate film protection; illustrated by mostly b/w. photo's with some in colour; Includes bibliography,
Author Onassis, Jacqueline (editor)
Date 1977
Binding Hardcover (Original Red Cloth)
Publisher Thames & Hudson; London
Condition Near Fine in very good Dustjacket
Pages 184

Price: £20.00

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