Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons Limited, 1926. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (22 x 14.5cm), pp. [2, blank], xvii (page xvii reads ‘xvif’ due to a printing error), , 308 + frontispiece and two further black and white plates; navy cloth covered boards with lettering and banding on the spine and illustration on the front cover in gilt.
Head and tail of spine and corners gently bruised and rubbed; spine a little sunned, gilt is mostly very bright, bands at head and tail a little dull; joints a touch rubbed; covers are bright, a 6 x 5cm patch of foxing to the top corner of the front board and six further distinct, small spots elsewhere on the front cover; faint white scuffs to the top corner of rear board; edges of text block a little age toned with light foxing, top edge dust toned; pages are mostly clean and bright, perhaps a hint yellowed with age, occasional light foxing to margins. Item #957
Irene Doubassoff was the daughter of Admiral Doubassoff, Aide-de-Camp General of the Tsar who was appointed to succeed as Governor General of Moscow following the murder of the Grand Duke Serge. Irene Doubassoff was arrested on the premise that she, “advanced a sum of money to a friend,” however this book claims that her imprisonment was a result of her being the daughter of Admiral Doubassoff.