Tiflis: Typ. Of the Main Office of the Caucasian Governor, 1866.
130, iii,  pp. 22x15 cm. Period style quarter leather with marbled papered boards. Owner’s pencil inscriptions of the title page and the verso of the last leaf. Title page with minor repair, paper very mildly age toned, otherwise a very good copy.
First and only edition. Very rare Georgian imprint with no paper copies found in Worldcat. An obscure account of travels across the Asiatic frontiers of the Russian Empire, written by a land surveying engineer from the Russian Ministry of State Property, who served in Siberia and the Far East in ca. 1858-1863. The author travelled from the Ural Mountains to the Tobolsk Province, steppes of the modern-day Kazakhstan, Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), and thence to Tomsk, Yeniseysk and Irkutsk Provinces, Transbaikalia (Buryatia and Nerchinsk district), the Amur River and the Russian shores of the Pacific Ocean. Following the popular ideas of the 1860s which believed in scientific knowledge as the main means of economic progress and growth of people’s welfare,the book strives to show “in the briefest and most graphical way <...> the riches of Siberian nature, to what extent they are used by the locals and the whole Russia, what are the flaws and what they were caused by, and what needs to be changed for the continuous growth of people’s welfare...” (p. 111). Based on his own impressions and conversations with local government officials, industrialists, merchants, peasants, Kazakh and Kirgiz nomads, the book includes interesting notes on Ural iron factories, Kazakh life, feasts and food, Cossack regiments, Russian administration of the Kazakhs, Semipalatinsk, Irtysh River, Altay iron factories, gold mining in the Krasnoyarsk district, Lake Baikal, Kyakhta teatrade, Chinese New year festivities, Nerchinsk mines, Cossack settlement son the Amur River, Tungus people, Blagoveshchensk, agriculture on the Zeya River, Chinese Manchuria, still mostly uninhabited Peter the Great Bay, Khabarovka (modern-day Khabarovsk), Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, transportation between Blagoveshchensk, Nikolayevsk, the mouth of the Ussuri River and Lake Khanka etc. In the end the author suggests ways to develop Siberian and Far Eastern economy and people’s welfare, firstly by introducing mandatory general education.
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