Totma: Architectural Heritage in Photographs

By
William Craft Brumfield

Totma: Architectural Heritage in Photographs has recently been published by "Tri Kvadrata" publishers in Moscow with the support of the Kennan Institute. This book is devoted to the architectural and historical heritage of Totma, an important northern commercial center whose connections eventually extended to the Russian settlements in Alaska and California, including Fort Ross. The photographs are by the book's author, William Craft Brumfield, one of the leading western specialists on the history of Russian architecture, professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, and honorary fellow of both the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences and the Russian Academy of the Arts.

The book contains color and black-and-white images of architectural and historical monuments photographed by Brumfield during his trips throughout the Vologda territory, of which Totma is one of the most historically significant towns. The negatives for these photographs are preserved in the William Brumfield Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The volume begins with the author's survey, in Russian and in English, of the history of Totma and nearby historic sites. The text concludes with extensive source references. The front of the volume displays a reproduction of the Dvina River map from the Atlas published by Johannes Janssonius in the middle of the 17th century.

This publication launches the "Discovering Russia" series of books dedicated to lesser known corners of Russia and their architectural history. The series will include volumes on Irkutsk, Tobolsk, Solikamsk, Cherdyn, and Kargopol. These books are intended for those interested in architecture, history, photography, and regional studies. By virtue of the dual language text of these books, readers not only in Russia but abroad will become better acquainted with these rare treasures of Russia's cultural heritage.

ISBN: 5-94607-052-5
OCLC #: 64787074

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