St. Petersburg: Imp. Rus. geogr. o-vo, na izhdivenii V.A. Kokoreva, 1865. Item #24
, v, , 378; , 188, 68 pp. 8vo. With two folding lithographed plates and a folding lithographed map. Contemporary quarter leather binding with marbled boards and gilt lettered title on the spine. 19th century Russian library stamp on the title page, minor foxing of several leaves. Otherwise a very good clean copy.
Detailed comprehensive description of the Yeniseysky district (northern part of the Eastern Siberian Yeniseysk Governorate in tsarist Russia, modern Krasnoyarsk Krai) made during the Siberian gold rush. The author was a local doctor, traveler and ethnographer, the founder of the Yeniseysk city hospital Mikhail Krivoshapkin. The book is based on his extensive travels across the region and was published by the Russian Geographical Society. In 1866 Krivoshapkin was awarded with a small gold medal of the Russian Geographical Society for his work. Apart from an extensive description of the geography, climate and administrative division of the district, the book contains interesting observations and notes of the gold bearing regions and settlements, methods of extracting gold, prospectors and their life, Siberian system of prisons and exile settlements, natives and their way of life, members of Russian religious sects inhabiting the region et al. The second part of the book is entirely dedicated to the local animals and fish, and methods of hunting and fishing. The supplements contain information about the amount of furs and mammoth bone brought as a tax or sold to the government by the natives in 1846-1853, meteorological observations made in Yeniseysk in 1852-1860, and a dictionary of local words used in the region. The book is illustrated with a detailed map of the gold deposits in the Yeniseysk district, as well as two plates showing various traps and hunting devices used in the Siberian taiga.The Siberian gold rush started in 1828 when gold was found on the Berikul River (Kuznetsk Alatau Range). In the 1830s gold was also discovered in the Western Siberia, Yeniseysk Governorate, and the Trans Baikal region. The peak of the Siberian gold rush was in the 1840-1850s when over 30,000 prospectors worked in the region.