Item #324 Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete). Sergei Sergeiivich Oldenburg.
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)
Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)

Tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia II [Reign of Emperor Nicholas II], vols. I-II (in three books; complete)

Belgrade-Munich: Publication of the Society for the Propagation of Russian National and Patriotic Literature, 1939-1949. First edition. Original publisher's wrappers. Item #324

17 x 23 cm. 648 pages: 35 illustrations with explanatory captions made on separate high-quality vellum paper. Text in Russian. All books are in very good condition; the wrappers are slightly chipped on books one and two. Volume 1 (book 1, 2). Belgrade: Publication of the Society for the Propagation of Russian National and Patriotic Literature, 1939; Part One: Chapters I-VIII. Autocratic rule (1894-1904). Sixteen illustrations on separate pages. Page 1-224; Part Two: Chapters IX-XII. Turning years (1904-1907). Eight illustrations on separate pages. Page 225-388. Volume 2 (book 3). Munich. Publication of the Society for the Propagation of Russian National and Patriotic Literature, 1949; Part Three: Chapters XIII-XVII. Duma monarchy (1907-1914). Five illustrations on separate pages; Part Four: Chapters XVIII-XXI. World War (1914-1917). Six illustrations on separate pages.

Sergei Sergeiivich Oldenburg was born in 1888, in the town of Malaya Vishera, Russia. His father Sergey Fedorovich Oldenburg (1863-1934), was a famed academician (1900), and Orientalist specializing in Buddhist studies. He served as permanent secretary of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (from 1904), Russian Academy of Sciences (from 1917), USSR Academy of Sciences (1925-1929), and Minister of Public Education (July — September 1917). His mother Alexandra Pavlovna Oldenburg (nee Timofeeva), was a graduate of the Mathematics Department of the Pedagogical Courses. She died in 1891. He graduated from the law faculty of Moscow University, and later worked as an official in the Ministry of Finance of Russia. Unlike his father, who adhered to liberal political views, Sergei from a young age adhered to right-wing views, a member the Union of October 17. In 1918 Oldenburg went to the Crimea, where he joined the White movement. In the fall of 1920, he was unable to evacuate with the Russian Army, headed by General Baron P.N. Wrangel, because he was sick with typhoid . Having recovered, with fake documents, he travelled from Crimea to Petrograd, where he met his father, who helped him to emigrate. He crossed the border into Finland, settling in Germany and then Paris, France, where he lived in poverty. Sergei Sergeiivich Oldenburg died at the age of 51, in Paris on 28 April 1940.

Even though the book was finished in 1949, to this day, many years later, it is still a major document in modern Russian historiography. The final contribution of a Russian nationalist historian, it provides uniquely sensitive insights into the character, personality, and policies of Russia’s last tsar. It has no rival as a political biography of Nicholas II and is without peer as a comprehensive history of his reign.

The first volume (two books) was published in 1939 in Belgrade (Serbia), and the second was not published until a decade later, and posthumously in 1949 in a German displaced persons (DP) camp. The first Russian edition published in Post-Soviet Russia was in 1991. Numerous reprints have been issued since.

Scarce in trade. OCLC locates only two copies in the United States as of July 2023.

Price: $1,500.00