Aziatskaya Rossiya Atlas.
(Atlas Asiatic Russia).St Petersburg: Emigration Administration, Ministry of Land and Agriculture, 1914 Stock Code: 114845
"ONE OF THE FINEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIAN CARTOGRAPHY"First edition of this atlas considered "one of the finest achievements of pre-revolutionary Russian cartography" (National Library of Russia, Cartography Department on-line catalogue). Covering present day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Siberia, it was designed to accompany Glinka's three-volume work of the same title, but can certainly be considered a stand-alone work of considerable significance. The content reflects the significant advances made in the colonisation and exploitation of Siberia, Russian Central Asia and the Far East following the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the 1890s, and the agrarian reforms begun by Witte and advanced by Stolypin. It was a period during which Russia became one of the world's largest agricultural exporters, a growth in economic opportunity which encouraged mass migration from European Russia to the East, which was controlled by the newly formed Emigration, or Resettlement, Administration. The director of the administration, Grigoriy Glinka, being the instigator and chief editor of the present work. The atlas contains an introductory historical essay on the cartography of the region by Leo Bagrow, who went on to found Imago Mundi in 1935, and a spectacular collection of maps representing all of the regions and provinces of Asiatic Russia, together with plans of 14 of the major cities, and diagrams schematising statistical data about the population density, climate, soil quality, and trade of the region. An extremely handsome work. Rare.
Folio atlas (530 x 410 mm). Original black morocco-backed green cloth, bevelled edges, title gilt to spines, title and embossed Imperial eagle to the front boards, edges marbled, endpapers decorated with state crests and Imperial eagles. Original wrappers bound in, the front wrappers of the atlas volume with gilt and silver decoration.
72 maps and plates, the majority coloured and double-page, one folding, includes the postal and telegraph map 58a, which is not called for in the contents, fine chromolithographic plate, with gold and silver, of regional coats of arms, captioned tissue-g
Expert repair to spine, cloth, joints and front inner hinge, residual light scattered cockling and denting to rear cover, light toning to contents, very occasional pale spots or tide-marks, mainly to margins or text-leaves, the maps rarely affected, index-leaves browned (different paper-stock). A very good copy.
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