Genre: Non-fiction with extensive photographs
ISBN Hardcover: 5730009100
ISBN Softcover: No softcover edition available
Print Status: in print
A richly illustrated coffee table album dedicated to the Alexander Park and Palace.
Part one: architecture and interior design
Part two: residents of the palace
Part three: the park and pavillions
115 color and 77 black & white illustrations
(Title in Russian: Александровский Дворец Альбом)
The largest and most lavish contemporary book devoted exclusively to the Alexander Palace.
In part two, a small floorplan at the head of each spread identifies the room pictured, making it easy to "navigate" the palace.
Note: Because the photography is focused on the palace itself, there are virtually no images of the imperial family inhabiting the rooms.
in my opinion:
Until the newly found color autochrome images of the Alexander Palace's 1914 interiors are published, this will stand as the best visual reference by far on the palace. Essential for devotees of the last tsar's favorite residence.
(Yakovlev's exhaustive 1927 & 1928 volumes on the palace certainly contain more information, but cannot compete with Bardovskaia/Plaude/ Stepanenko this in terms of visual documentation. The size and quality of images is excellent.)
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this book profile was written by Sarah Miller