[Riga]: Izglitibas ministrijas izdevums, [1930s]. Item #1445
149,  pp.: ill., 2 maps. 22,5x16,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers.
Very rare example of Belarusian textbooks printed in Latvia in the interwar period. Translated into Belarusian by Piatro Massal’ski.
According to this particular book and common statistics, about 36 thousand Belarusians lived in Latvia in the 1930s (in contrast to 76,000 in 1921). After the Ulmanis’ Coup (1934), Belarusian education gradually began to cease and wasn’t restored after World War II.
The book contains mass information about Latvia and the whole world, the text is supplemented with numerous photographs, drawings, charts. At the end of the book, two colored maps of Latvia (political and physical) are printed on separate leaves. All materials were divided into four sections. The first one included basic issues about cardinal points, scale, distance, landscape diversity, the Earth’s interior and volcanism, water bodies in Latvia and around it, climate and precipitation, flora and fauna. The second one was dedicated to people in Latvia and their occupations, as well as administrative divisions. The third section was oriented for schoolchildren of the 4th grade and included advanced topics, like the Solar system, Earth’s rotation, geographic coordinate system and zones. Finally, the fourth section consisted of stories and legends about Latvian places.
They were followed by the Belarusian - Latvian dictionary of geographic terms and names.
No copies found in Worldcat.