St Petersburg – The Hidden Interiors by Katya Galitzine

Published by The Vendome Press, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

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Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: St Petersburg is famous for its splendid, architecture and the glorious interiors of its Romanov palaces, but there are hundreds of other equally interesting places that are far less well-known.

Katya Galitzine was one of the first descendants of a Russian émigré to return to Russia to investigate her heritage. Having fallen in love with St Petersburg, she has seen it from every viewpoint training with the sculptor Anikushin, restoring part of her grandmothers palace, working at the radio station, and struggling in the endless queues at shops. For this book she has unearthed an incredible variety of locations, ranging from the previously unseen interiors of some well-known buildings to truly unexpected places that illustrate everyday life in the city.

The photographs most of which feature interiors that have never been published before, due to the difficulty of gaining access are complemented by a text based on a personal viewpoint of a city that has been going through tremendous changes in recent years. Each location is described with information on its history and design, as well as fascinating anecdotes about what has and still is happening there.

The result is a visually exciting tour of some of St Petersburgs mysteries and secrets, unveiling interiors from all periods of the citys history and places that illustrate the joys and tribulations of modern life. This book offers an introduction to a spectacular city, and is full of surprises for those who thought they knew the city well.

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