S. Maslenitsyn. Early Kostroma Art. The historic city of Kostroma, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers, was first recorded in the Chronicles in 1213. It may have been founded by Yuriy Dolgorukiy even before that. Kostroma became part of a principality led by the younger brother of Alexander Nevsky. After being taken over by Ivan I, it then became part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. The Ipatiev and Epiphany monasteries were built there and the heroic peasant Ivan Susanin helped to repel the foreign invaders that ravaged the city during the Time of Troubles. The first Romanov Tsar, Mikhail Romanov, lived at the Ipatiev monastery, from where the Grand Dukes of Moscow offered him the Russian crown in 1612. From then on, many of the Romanovs, right up to Nicholas II, would visit and stay there. The Romanovs rebuilt the Trinity Cathedral in 1652 and the wooden house of Mikhail Romanov is still on the grounds. Kostroma, today part of the famous Golden Ring, is a grand and beautiful old city with deeply religious roots.
English translation by Natasha Johnstone. Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, 1968. 140 pages, color illustrations throughout. Some wear and tear to dustjacket, now in a protective Mylar cover. Text near fine with minor page toning to edges. 1 copy only.