Rasputin and the Russian Revolution. Princess Catherine Radziwill. NY: John Lane Company, 1918. First American edition. Bound in red cloth with gilt titles, and portrait on front cover. Hardcover with deckle edges. 319 pages with 15 photos/illustrations throughout the text. Ex-library with all the standard markings. Binding is tight and square. Top edge darkened, some wear to top/bottom spine and corners. 1 copy only.
Princess Catherine Radziwill (1858-1941) born in St. Petersburg. Her maternal family was the Russian Dashkov-Vorontsov family. In 1873 she married the Polish-Lithuanian Prince Wilhelm Radziwiłł. Her literary pseudonym was Count Paul Vasili. Her book explored the scandalous role of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916) in the downfall of the Russian Empire and the subsequent revolution. Radziwill's opinion of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna was very low and she blamed her for many of the problems of Russia. A talented writer, Radziwill loved the luxury of the courts, the social life and it's attendant gossip and intrigue. An intriguing and topical look at that time in history from someone who lived through it.