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TREWIN, J.C., (ed.). The House of Special Purpose : An Intimate Portrait ofthe Last Days of the Russian Imperial Family compiled from the papers of t heir English Tutor Charles Sydney Gibbes. New York : Stein and Day Publishers, (1975). First Edition. Pp -148. Illustrated. Large 8vo, tan cloth, gilt lettering to spine, gilt crest to front board. “One summer day in 1908,Alexandra, the last Empress of all the Russias, was told by her cousin, Ed ward VII, King of Britain, that her four daughters had atrocious accents when speaking English. This wouldn't do for great-granddaughters of Queen Victoria. And so the Empress sought out an English tutor, Charles Gibbes, who joined the Imperial Family to teach English to the young Grand Duchesses and the Tsarevitch, the frail boy who was to be the next Emperor. When the Imperial Family was taken captive by the revolutionaries, Charles Gibbes shared their exile, all the while recording what he saw in his notebooks and taking hundreds of photographs. We know what happened with the family was moved to the House of Special Purpose in Ekaterinburg, where they were robbed of their prerogatives, their privacy, and finally all human dignity by their vengeful peasant guards. It was in the basement of the House of Special Purpose that they were all murdered, Nicholas and Alexandra, their five children, and their former servants. Charles Gibbes was present when the remains of the family were unearthed at the mine in Ekaterinburg and helped with the identification of the bodies of the family he had grown to love. The numerous, moving photographs in this book have never been published before. It is chilling to scan them and to read, finally, an eyewitness's description of the last years and days of the Romanovs.” (from the dj). Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00
Title: House of Special Purpose : An Intimate Portrait of the Last Days of the Russian Imperial Family compiled from the papers of their English Tutor Charles Sydney Gibbes. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Stein and Day Publishers, New York , 1975, ISBN:0812817966:
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