Iakob Gogebashvili (1840-1912) was a Georgian educator, children’s writer and journalist. His most influential work, namely ‘Mother Tongue’, an introduction to Georgian for children, has gone through numerous editions to serve as a textbook in Georgian schools for over a century. Another of his major works is ‘The Door to Nature’, which builds fable and an introduction to natural sciences into a miniature children’s encyclopaedia. It also included contemporary descriptions of the different regions of Georgia (plus neighbouring territories). Presented in our book is part of the survey devoted to the eastern province of Kakheti.