Oral tradition on the shores of the White Sea

ONCHUKOV, Nikolai Evgenevich

Severnye skazki. Arkhangelskaia i Olonetskaia gg

[Northern Tales. From Arkhangel and Olonetsk provinces]

Publication: Suvorin, Skt.Peterburg, 1908.

ONCHUKOV, Nikolai Evgenevich, Severnye skazki. Arkhangelskaia i Olonetskaia gg

More than 300 traditional tales are gathered here, in the local dialects: a fine work of ethnographic material on the northern regions of Russia.

Read More


In stock

Our Notes & References

A fine example of the first edition of these folk tales from the White Sea region, edited by Nikolai Onchukov (1872-1942), with the participation of the linguist Aleksei Shakhmatov and the prose writer Mikhail Prishvin among others. Onchukov spent the years 1900-08 working in the Far North under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society collecting ethnographic and folkloric materials.

This volume contains a portion of Onchukov’s collection, and features 303 tales from Arkhangelsk and Olonetsk provinces. The tales are organised by narrators, and some information about the storytellers is provided. All the tales are written in northern Russian dialects, which makes the work a valuable linguistic source on language which barely exists today.

This is the volume XXXIII of the Zapiski Imperatorskogo russkogo geograficheskogo obshchestva po otdeleniiu etnografii [Notes of the Imperial Geographical Society; Etnography].


Avenir Nizoff (émigré, pianist, who lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the second half of the 20th century, and gathered a large, wide-ranging library of Russian works, especially covering art, history and literature).

Item number



Physical Description

Large 8vo (25 x 18 cm). xlviii, 646 pp.


Contemporary cloth, blind stamped decorations and ornaments to covers and spine, spine with lettering in colour.


Occasional marks in text, otherwise an excellent example.

Request More Information/Shipping Quote

    do you have a question about this item?

    If you would like more information on this item, or if you have a similar item you would like to know more about, please contact us via the short form here.