Leningrad: tipografiya Drukar’, . Item #1588
10 leaves. 12x16,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Light foxing on covers, otherwise near fine.
First edition. Scarce. 1 of 2,000 copies. With 10 black and white illustrations.
An extremely scarce edition printed by the Russian State Museum and intended to showcase the life and art of the people of the USSR. The publication was based on the collection of the Ethnographic Department of the Russian State Museum. The Department was founded by the order of Emperor Nikolay II in 1895. The main task of the Ethnographic Department was to present a picture of the people living in Russia and in the immediate vicinity of it. The opening of the first ethnographic exhibition for the general public took place in 1923, and in 1934, the ethnographic museum became an independent institution.
It is likely that this publication was printed in conjunction with the first-ever ethnographic exhibition that was held in 1923.
The edition contains 10 black and white illustrations showing the life and customs of different nationalities in the USSR, including East Slavs, Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Cherkessians, Nogais, Tungusic people, Tubalars, Buryats, etc. The illustrations showcase their traditional gowns, houses, etc.