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VASILIEV, N.E., M.N.Volkov & V.I. Dobrovolskiy.

Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7

[Kazakhstan in numbers. The statistical biweekly of the Kazakh Statistical Department, 6-7]

Alma-Ata: Kazstat, October 1928 Stock Code: 145808
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Almaty becomes the Kazakh capital - detailed early guide with city plan

Extremely rare issue of the official journal of the Kazakh Statistical Department offering the first detailed description of Alma-Ata as the capital: "because of the recent move of the capital and the lack of any standardized information on Alma-Ata from the statistical, economic and historical points of view, we have decided to dedicate this enlarged issue to the subject - we apologize for the delay in publication". Also includes one of the earliest plans of the city. Print run of just 500, no other copy traced.

Contains a comprehensive overview of the Alma-Ata, encompassing history, climate, ethnic composition, mortality and birth rates; social issues, housing conditions - being 1928, the compilers are quite vocal about the city's housing problem, with half of the population lacking a separate dwelling - education and literacy, showing the rapid increase Kazakhs literacy in the preceding 20 years, health provision; the industrial background, including unemployment figures, salary rates, and statistics on various local trades; tabulated prices for all common foodstuffs and necessities, and the city budget. The issue concludes with a directory of all the major local enterprises with phone numbers and addresses.

Almaty was founded in 1854 by the Russians as the fortified town of Verniy to defend its conquests in the region, and by the end of nineteenth century had a population of over 20000. Following the Revolution the city and the region became part of the Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, and in 1921 the Soviet authorities, in consultation with local groups, renamed it Alma-Ata, one of its ancient names. In April 1927, the capital of the Kazak ASSR was transferred from Kyzyl-Orda - "Red Centre" - to Alma-Ata which acted as a further stimulus to development. With the formation of the Kazakh SSR in 1936 Alma-Ata became its capital, and subsequently of independent Kazakhstan. Well preserved copy of this densely informative early guide to Kazakhstan's capital.

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Octavo. Wire-stitched in the original typographical card wraps printed in blue.


Tables to the text, folding graph and folding coloured lithographic map (340 x 340 mm) at the rear.


Wraps a little tanned and rubbed, pencilled ownnership inscription to front panel "Bogomilova, 6/III/29", top corner of back panel of the wrap restored, no loss to text on interior, text marginally toned, slight damping at head margin of last few pages, overall very good.


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