This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Chernigov Province, part of present-day Ukraine. The western border of the province is marked by the Dnieper River. Chernigov, the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Desna River, a tributary of the Dnieper, and was one of the chief cities of Kievan Rus'. The card indicates that the distance from Chernigov to St. Petersburg was 1,102¼ versts, and from Chernigov to Moscow, 789 versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.
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9.5 x 6.5 centimeters. Color lithograph
Last updated: June 3, 2015