Русская православная икона (Russian Orthodox Icon). Наталия Петровна Шеффер (Natalia Petrovna Scheffer). Washington: 1967. 226 pages. 37 black and white illustrations after the text. Large format softcover. IN RUSSIAN.
Natalia Petrovna (1890-1982), nee Lukina, was Princess Volkonskaya from her first marriage. Her life was divided into two parts: before, and after, the Russian revolution. Her autobiography is "Twice Born in Russia." The revolution separated her from her husband, Prince Nikolai Sergeyevich Volkonsky, and she never saw him again. She later learned he had re-married. Upon returning to Moscow, she met Paul Schaeffer, a Moscow correspondent for Berliner Tageblatt, and a German liberal newspaper of the time. In 1925 agreed to marry him. In 1929 she was engaged in iconography under the direction of archeologist and art critic Alexander Ivanovich Anisimov until his arrest and exile in 1930. For 20 years, she headed the Slavic department of the Byzantine Institute, Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University) in Washington, and authored several works in Russian and English.
Contents: Overview. - Russian Orthodox icon. - Angels and archangels. - Images of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary. - Our Lady of the Sign and Seal of the Living God. - The seal of the living God in the hands of the archangels. - Akathist of the Blessed Virgin Mary. - Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. - The Holy Annunciation. - Church hymn and icon. - Days of the week or Week. - The Last Judgment. - Russian historical battles on the icon. - Additional notes. Interesting materials on the history of Russian theology, including forgotten names and unexplored materials.
Rare title - book is not mentioned in bibliographies. Small printing of no more than 200 copies. With a dedication to her sons of Prince Dmitry and Prince Peter Volkonsky. Published in Munich at the author's expense. 1 copy only. Condition: Some pencil annotations and right corner a bit chewed.