Statistiko-ekonomicheskiy atlas Kryma [Statistical and Economic Atlas of Crimea].

Simferopol: Krymstatupravleniye [Crimean Statistical Office], 1922 Stock Code: 145519
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First Soviet atlas of the Crimea, Simferopol 1922

First and only edition of this scarce informational atlas compiled and published by the regional statistical department for the Crimea, and consisting of arresting visual representations: thematic maps, line and bar graphs, pie charts, and a number of hybrids thereof. The text unusually given in both Russian and Arabic.

An attractive, but intrinsically fragile production, just a handful of locations recorded by WorldCat, CUNY, NYPL, universities of Chicago, Wisconsin, Hoover Institution, Staatsbilbiothek zu Berlin, and University College London, no copies at auction.

The edition was produced by the Crimean Statistical Department to make the mass of material relating to the recently created Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic available and interpretable to the wider population. The greater part of the information presented here having been accumulated during the 1921 agricultural and demographic censuses. The 49 coloured maps and charts encompass a wide range of demographic, economic and industrial themes. The atlas opens with a political-administrative map of the peninsula, progressing to a sequence of charts and diagrams covering population distribution in cities and uyezds, or administrative districts, rural population density, nationality and gender ratios of the population both in rural areas and cities, distribution of Russian, Tatar, and German population, age composition, gender distribution, and the number of the Profsouz - trade union - members. Other maps focus on the crop distribution - wheat, barley, and oats - average grain yields, 1900-21; livestock breeding - horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep and pigs; horticultural areas, the distribution of vineyards, flour and tobacco production, the canning and other industries. Handsomely presented and striking document offering detailed insight into the political and economic condition of this contested region at the outset of the Soviet era.

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Octavo (188 x154 mm). Recent dark brown half morocco, marbled boards, red morocco label to the spine, pale dun endpapers, contents stub-mounted and wire-stitched.


49 chromolithographic maps and charts and graphs, 12 of them folding, all with detailed captioned tissue-guards to face, text in Russian and Tatar Arabic.


Binding fine, contents lightly browned, but overall very good.


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