London: Andrew Melrose, 1909. [Letters and Memoirs] FIRST EDITION. Two volumes. Octavo (23 x 17cm), pp.xvi; 536; pp.viii; 531 . With 60 photographic plates, including a frontispiece to each volume. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spines and uppers. Top edges gilt. With the very fine illustrated bookplate of Ronald Spicer to front pastedown of each volume. Heavy spotting to preliminaries, edges, and margins throughout. Light rubbing and marking to cloth. Very good. A book about the life of notable Russian expat Olga Novikoff, who is credited by the editor with being the chief architect, alongside Prime Minister William Gladstone, of the peace and accord between Russia and the UK at the time of publication. Item #55862
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