Sale of Paul Gilbert’s Royal Library


At some point in the next few years, I will be moving back to England, where I will permanently settle into some form of “semi-retirement”. Once settled, I am happy to note that I will continue updating my Royal Russia News blog, as well as new publishing projects.

In March of last year, I made the decision to begin selling off the bulk of my personal royal library. This is a collection which spans a lifetime, and consists of more than 2-3,000 new, rare and second-hand royalty titles on Russian, European and British royalty. The bulk of my collection consists of books on the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russia, but I also have a large number of titles on the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns for offer.

The process of selecting, scanning, cataloguing and listing each book in my online shop is very time consuming process, and it will take me several years to complete this enormous task. I will be keeping some titles, which will be shipped to England, when I am ready to make the move. Among those are my unique collection of books on Nicholas II and his family – including many rare books which I purchased over the years during my numerous visits to Russia.

The titles offered for sale are all one-of-a-kind, there are no duplicates! Books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The condition of each book varies and is noted with each listing. Titles are available in a variety of languages: English, Russian, French, and German. Please check individual listings before ordering.

All prices are in US dollars, payment can only be made by credit card through my secure online shop. I cannot accept any telephone orders for these titles.

I have sold over 300 books from my collection to date. Parting with my collection was a very difficult decision to make, however, the sheer cost to ship my entire collection to England would be financially impossible. I have received some very kind emails and letters from people who have purchased some of these books, and have noted that my books are going to “good homes, where books are still appreciated and enjoyed”. It does bring me some comfort knowing that my books will be valued and treasured by others who share an interest in royalty. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have purchased books from royal collection over the past year.

Click here to review this week’s catalogue of royalty titles. Please note that I will be adding new titles on a weekly basis, so please bookmark the page and check back for new listings.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 February, 2018