Robert Allshouse. Photographs For The Tsar: The Pioneering Color Photography Of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin Gorskii. An astonishing view of Old Russia before the takeover by the Bolsheviks. Color photographs were commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II from Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, a chemist and photographer. Prokudin-Gorskii used three color separations for his photos which resulted in astoundingly sharp focus and brilliant color (though some of the colors are out slightly out of register, which doesn't detract whatsoever). The chapters cover village life, rivers & waterways, churches & icons, the Ural mountains, the Caucasus, Turkestan & Samarkand. There is even a color photo of Leo Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana!
NY: Dial Press, 1981. 216 pages. Large format hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar book jacket cover. Black mark on first page, otherwise about fine. 1 copy only.