Princess Cantacuzene (Countess Speransky, nee Grant). Revolutionary Days: Recollections of Romanoffs and Bolsheviki, 1914-1917. MA (Boston): Small, Maynard & Company, 1919. 1st edition. 411 pages. Navy blue cloth hardcover with bright gilt titles on spine and cover. 12 full page black and white photos, frontispiece with tissue protect. Very little wear to covers. Former owner name written pencil on first page, minor foxing to last page and rear board, small bookseller label. Overall exceptionally fine and clean. 1 copy only.
Princess Cantacuzene, Countess Speransky (aka Spiransky) nee Grant (1876–1975) was an American author and historian. Born at the White House in DC, she was the first grandchild of Ulysses S. Grant. In 1899, she married Prince Mikhail Cantacuzène, a Russian general and diplomat. She also went by Julia Dent Grant, named for her grandmother, the First Lady. Princess Cantacuzene authored three first-person accounts of the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. As the wife of a Russian nobleman, she was able to observe both the Imperial and Bolshevik positions.