This album was produced by the Siberian Branch of the Imperial Russian Geographic Society. It contains 17 drawings of the Amur River region in the Russian Far East, showing both natural and cultural scenes. Many of the illustrations highlight the confluence of important rivers in the region. Others show the dress and habitats of the indigenous peoples from throughout the Amur basin. The drawings are followed by six plates with illustrations of different tools and instruments used by these peoples. At the end of the book is an atlas of the Amur River containing geological maps and other information about points along the river. Also included are maps of cities and towns in the region, for example, Aigun, where in 1858 the Russians and Chinese signed the Treaty of Aigun that opened the way to substantial Russian expansion into the Amur region. The album also contains sketches of a number of native plants from the area, which are depicted in minute detail. The Imperial Russian Geographic Society (later the Russian Geographical Society) was founded in Saint Petersburg in 1845 and became a premier institution for sponsoring geographic and ethnographic expeditions and studies of the vast Russian Empire, from the Arctic to the Caucasus. Several of the founding members of the society were important Russian explorers. They provided the society with a focus on scientific research that continued into the Soviet and later the post-Soviet periods.
Place: Europe; Russian Federation; Europe; Russian Federation; Amur Oblast
Institution: Russian State Library
Physical description: 2 volumes of plates in one portfolio : illustrations, maps ; 57 centimeters