Volume 33: The Chełm Region part 1

The Complete Works vol. 33: The Chełm Region part 1. Wrocław – Poznań 1964, pp. XII+372, illustrations. Photo-offset re-edition; first edition: Cracow 1890.

It is the first part of the monograph of the area called Chełmskie [the region of Chełm]. It includes a narrow strip of ethnic, Polish-Ruthenian borderland, spread on the western side of the Bug River, from Tomaszów Lubelski in the south to Drohiczyn in the north. This is the last volume prepared by Kolberg and published during his lifetime. Like the others of the regional series, it consists of a historical and geographic description of the country, the characteristics of the population, their costumes, houses, food, occupations, tools, a rich exemplification of dialects (glossary, onomatology, idiomatic expressions, etc.), a description of the customs of the annual cycle and rites (baptism, funeral and 8 weddings). This fairly rich material comes partially from Kolberg’s own investigations conducted in 1859 and 1867-1870, and partially from records and reports of correspondents. Kolberg cooperated with Maria Hemplówna from Tarnów, near Chełm, where he stayed a few times. She turned out to be as a devoted helper in gathering the material and decisively influenced the amount of source material for the monograph. Most of the material which Kolberg received came from the neighborhood of Chełm. Hemplówna gathered and recorded ethnographic and linguistic data and also folkloristic texts for Kolberg, as well as she introduced him to the Ruthenian material, new to him at that time. The volume contains also the Polish literature on the subject from the years 1827-1880, mainly from works of K. W. Wójcicki, Ł. Gołębiowski, J. Gluziński, I. Kunicki, Z. Gloger. The book is richly illustrated by W. Eliasz (12 plates which illustrate costumes and their elements, Orthodox churches, houses, accessories, tools and Easter eggs).