3.8 tons of books arrive in London

Travelling in the Russian North
Richard Davies ~ Matilda Moreton
“80% of Russian wooden architecture that existed pre-1917, no longer exists. But luckily, there is still something left to fight for.” Professor Vyacheslav Petrovich Orfinsky, Architecture Department, Petrozavodsk State University, August 2008
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The photographs in this book have been taken over
a period of nine years. These churches are the remnants of thousands that were built all over Russia from the time of Prince Vladimir, who, on his conversion to Christianity in 988, ‘ordained that wooden churches should be built and established where pagan idols had previously stood.’
Most of those that survive are to be found in the sparsely populated north-western corner of Russia – specically,
in the Leningrad, Vologda, Murmansk, and Archangel Regions and the Republic of Karelia. The area is vast and many thousands of miles have been travelled by car, jeep, aeroplane, boat, train, snowmobile, sledge and foot to track them down.
These fragile, desecrated structures retain a spiritual presence that commands respect even in the absence of their gilded icons. They are nearing the end of their days. It is extraordinary that a country as rich and powerful as Russia, with a cultural legacy beyond compare, should let these wonderful, life-enhancing treasures slip through its ngers.
Along with the photographs of Richard Davies, there are rst-hand accounts by Matilda Moreton of their journeys, and the insights and interpretations of writers and artists, travellers and historians, propagandists and politicians.
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“Wooden architecture, the most original and most unique part of the cultural heritage of Russia, is on the verge of total extinction.”
Mikhail Milchik, St Petersburg, October 2011
Wooden Churches – Travelling in the Russian North
Richard Davies, Matilda Moreton, afterword by Mikhail Milchik

“80% of Russian wooden architecture that existed pre-1917, no longer exists. But luckily, there is still something left to fight for.”
Professor Vyacheslav Petrovich Orfinsky, Architecture Department, Petrozavodsk State University, August 2008

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The photographs in this book have been taken over a period of nine years. These churches are the remnants of thousands that were built all over Russia from the time of Prince Vladimir, who, on his conversion to Christianity in 988, ‘ordained that wooden churches should be built and established where pagan idols had previously stood.’

Most of those that survive are to be found in the sparsely populated north-western corner of Russia – specifically, in the Leningrad, Vologda, Murmansk, and Archangel Regions and the Republic of Karelia. The area is vast and many thousands of miles have been travelled by car, jeep, aeroplane, boat, train, snowmobile, sledge and foot to track them down.

These fragile, desecrated structures retain a spiritual presence that commands respect even in the absence of their gilded icons. They are nearing the end of their days. It is extraordinary that a country as rich and powerful as Russia, with a cultural legacy beyond compare, should let these wonderful, life-enhancing treasures slip through its fingers.

Along with the photographs of Richard Davies, there are first-hand accounts by Matilda Moreton of their journeys, and the insights and interpretations of writers and artists, travellers and historians, propagandists and politicians.

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“Wooden architecture, the most original and most unique part of the cultural heritage of Russia, is on the verge of total extinction.”
Mikhail Milchik, St Petersburg, October 2011

White Sea Publishing, London, December 2011
(Hardcover 256 pages / dimensions 260 x 305 mm)
ISBN 978 0 9570456 0 6

The book is available at amazon.co.uk from the seller white seathe book is stocked by Daunt Books at their Marylebone, Chelsea, Hampstead and Holland Park branches. It is also held at Waterstones, at their Piccadilly branch and at Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Alternatively please email whitesea@richarddavies.co.uk to buy directly from the publishers.

The book is priced at £50.00

 

 


2 Responses to “3.8 tons of books arrive in London”

  1. J Horn Says:

    Looks fantastic — how do I order one?

  2. Richard Davies Says:

    Thank you. Please see the updated post above with details on how to get hold of one, links are just above the images.

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