Volyn Province


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 Volyn Province, part of present-day Ukraine. Russia acquired the territory of Volyn Province after the second partition of Poland in 1793. Zhitomir (Zhytomyr, in Ukrainian), the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Teteriv River. The card indicates that the distance from Zhytomir to St. Petersburg was 1,248¾ versts, and from Zhytomir to Moscow, 1,030¼ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Last updated: June 3, 2015