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Title: Nicholas II. Prisoner of the Purple. Trans. By Paul Maerker Branden and Elsa Branden.
Description: London: Hutchinson, 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. Original cloth, gilt lettered and ruled spine, 17 b/w plates, long bibliography, index, Hutchinson's 24pp catalogue bound-in. Edges bumped light wear but a very good copy and an interesting provenance ; Lev Nussimbaum (Essad-Bey) was everything else a good interwar European celebrity should be: an exile, an eccentric, an artist, and the owner of an assortment of identity papers. He was a monarchist who flirted with fascists and married a capitalist. He moved in mystery, died in penury, and has only recently been thoroughly (if not definitively) exposed for what he was. Not a spy—just a Jew from Baku who had almost entirely erased his background.Given more time, this self-remade man could very well have fallen into espionage. He had all the personal bravado and political ambivalence. But he died early—victim to a rare blood disease at age 36, leaving behind a dozen published books, including best-selling biographies of Stalin, Nicholas II, Reza Shah, and Mohammed. A prodigious, almost fanatic, chronicler of Great Lives, Essad Bey was most creative with his own. Embroidered beyond recognition, his biography eventually unraveled, like a thread in a much larger tapestry. Lev Nussimbaum was the son of an oil magnate in pre-revolutionary Azerbaijan. He fled with his father during the Civil War, making a circuitous escape to Europe via the Caspian Sea and Persia. He disappeared in 1921, when he walked into the Ottoman consulate in Berlin and emerged as Essad Bey. (E. Kiem: The Morning News, 2007); 292 pages. Very Good with no dust jacket .

Keywords: Essad Bey Lev Nussimbaum Nicholas II Alexandra Feodorovna Romanovs Russian History Old Regime Imperial Russia Biography Russia History

Price: GBP 40.25 = appr. US$ 57.48 Seller: Marijana Dworski Books
- Book number: 28339

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