This rare book is in very good condition. The dust jacket has fading on and next to the spine, and marking on the front cover from a label being removed, but is otherwise clean and intact. An inscription on the title page reads "To Meg and George for their wedding anniversary, with love and all the best wishes, the Georgian delegation members November 1995". Internally the book is in very good condition - clean, tight and unmarked. It is written in English, Georgian and Russian.
This is the first photo-chronical book of Tbilisi at the turn of the century. The city intrigued everybody by its sparkling picturesqueness, manifested both in outlook and mode of life. The earliest photos of the city date back to the 1850's. They tell us of the streets, squares, houses, that no longer exist. They bring to us important events in the life of the town, show representatives of various social strata, acquaint us with Tbilisi at the "folklore level", its bazaar, trade and artisans' shops. Included also is the public life and culture of Tbilisi". The book contains 251 photographs and pictures relating to Tbilisi. Some of the older photographs are of course grainy by modern standards, but are still quite fascinating. The subjects of the photographs are panoramas, architectural, domestic and social. The book also contains a fold-out map of Old Tbilisi.