Atlas of Ledebour’s Travels


Carl Friedrich von Ledebour (1786–1851) was a Baltic German botanist who taught at the University of Tartu in Estonia in the early 19th century. Estonia was at that time a part of the Russian Empire, and much of Ledebour’s research took him to far-flung regions across Russia. He followed in a long tradition of German botanists, zoologists, geologists, historians and ethnographers who for more than a century had visited remote parts of Siberia and Alaska and then published multi-volume analyses, usually in German, of their subjects. Ledebour was especially noteworthy for his publications on the flora of the Altai Mountains in southern Siberia. He later compiled the first complete listing of the flora of the entire Russian Empire in four volumes. This book, Atlas zu Ledebours Reisen (Atlas of Ledebour’s travels), includes maps and related plates and tables from the Altai region where he conducted research. Many of these items concern Barnaul, today the capital of the Altai Territory. They highlight prominent municipal buildings in the city as well as its street grid and average annual temperatures. Other plates and foldout maps include sketches of the adjoining Altai Mountains, as well as cartographic information on Tomsk and other cities and towns near the Altai mountain range and parts of the Kyrgyz steppe that Ledebour also visited on his trips to the region. The atlas was published in Berlin in the 1830s.

Last updated: June 9, 2017