Catherine Empress of All the Russias.
Place Published: New York:
Publisher: William Morrow and Co., Inc.,
Date Published: 1978.
Description: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. STATED FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10). 349 pages with Appendix A and B, Sources and Notes, Index. 27 pages of black and white photos. The book is in VERY GOOD condition with slightly cocked spine, bumped upper front corner, small stain to front board. The jacket is in VERY GOOD condition, small closed tear to upper front edge, minor chipping/edgewear, price clipped. JMVINTAGE specializes in Books, Magazines and Treasures related to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor....and other curious people. Catherine II, Empress of All the Russias, is one of the handful of rulers who have been popularly styled "the Great." During her reign of more than thirty years she was politician, diplomat, commander-in-chief, educator, builder, picture collector, dramatist, lover, mother, writer of fairy stories, and an indefatigable correspondent. Yet this woman who at the age of thirty-three, after seventeen years of unhappy marriage, placed her deposed and murdered husband's crown on her own head in Moscow cathedral, had begun life as a minor German Protestant princess, with nothing to indicate that she would become one of the most influential of eighteenth-century rulers, dominating her vast empire as easily as she did her lovers and her court. It is one of the paradoxes of her life that it is exceptionally well documented, yet it was the stuff of legend even in her own day. Catherine had both an eventful private life and a crowded public one, but her biographers have tended to concentrate on one or the other. Now Vincent Cronin, already acclaimed for his biographies of Napoleon and Louis XIV, has achieved a full and balanced portrait of Catherine as woman and ruler. The first to be based on a critical evaluation of Russian, French, German, and English primary sources, this portrait includes new material, such as letters from the English and Danish ambassadors and passages from Catherine's own early love letters, never before published in a book. Here she truly emerges, as new or neglected material shows her personal life to have been even more fascinating than the stock tidbits of scandal that have swirled around her.Edition: First edition
Binding: Hard Back
Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj
Book Id: 14601