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Stolitsa I Usadba [The Capital and the Mansion] [Russian Magazine]
Petrograd: Printed By R. Golike and A. Vilborg. 1913. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. F Limited to 1500 Copies. S Soft Cover. Fair. In Russian, printing limited to 1500 copies. Complete run of this rare bi- weekly periodical intended for the upper classes in Pre-Revolutionary Russia, 90 numbers in 72 separate issues from December 15, 1913 to September 30, 1917. Devoted to "the beautiful life", mainly in St. Petersburg and Moscow, the journal described the arts, architecture, fashion, decorating, sports events and entertainment available to the nobility and other moneyed classes of that period. Generously illustrated throughout in color and black and white, with numerous tipped-on color plates and the work of such noted artists as Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, James Montgomery Flagg, others. Includes the truly scarce issue number 55, devoted to the Tsar and his family, that was suppressed by the Bolsheviks. Numbers 1 through 24 [1913-1914] and 49 through 90 [1916- 1917] in separate issues with decorative covers; numbers 25 through 48 [1915] bound in a hardcover volume with original covers removed. Overall condition is fair to good, with numbers 12-13, 14-15, 81-81 and 89-90 in quite rough condition, others generally good with many of the spines reinforced with old paper tape, all issues lightly age-toned with some brittleness that has resulted in some minor chips to the margins, pages mainly good overall. A fascinating view of the Russian upper classes just before their world was to come to a swift and violent end.
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