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BUXHOEVEDEN, Sophie, Baroness.

Left Behind.

Fourteen Months in Siberia During the Revolution. December 1917–February 1919.

Published: London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1929

Stock code: 111234

Price: £175

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First edition, first impression. The author was lady-in-waiting to Empress Alexandra at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, and following the Emperor’s abdication spent five months under house arrest with the Imperial Family at their palace in Tsarskoye Selo, near St Petersburg, before the family were taken to Tobolsk in Siberia and then Yekaterinburg in the Urals, where they were executed in July 1918; Buxhoeveden fled across Siberia, concealing her identity while maintaining a correspondence with the Empress. She later lived in Germany, Denmark, America and eventually the United Kingdom, serving as lady-in-waiting to Princess Victoria, Marchioness of Milford Haven, and becoming a British citizen in 1938.

Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, blind frame to front board. With the dust jacket. Photographic frontispiece with tissue-guard, 7 further plates, sketch map to the text. Newspaper clipping concerning the author’s will mounted front pastedown, and a further clipping laid in. Spine very gently rolled, light spotting to edges and endleaves. An excellent copy in the bright dust jacket.

Bibliography: Not in Cross or Nerhood.

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