A luxurious gift to the local church

[BIBLE, Slavonic] –

Evangelie Iisusa Khrista [Gospels of Jesus Christ]
£14,500

[BIBLE, Slavonic] -, Evangelie Iisusa Khrista

Large-format Moscow-printed Gospels in an impressive binding, very well preserved and probably from Ukraine/Western Russia. The binding is especially remarkable for its intricate design on both covers, its detailed contemporary provenance, and its appealing condition.

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Faith in your pocket

[BIBLE, Russian]

Gospada Nashego Iiususa Khrista Sviatoe Evangelie ot Matfeia/Marka/Luki/Ioanna [Our Lord Jesus Christ's Holy Gospel of Matthew/Mark/Luke/John]
£2,500

[BIBLE, Russian], Gospada Nashego Iiususa Khrista Sviatoe Evangelie ot Matfeia/Marka/Luki/Ioanna

Appealing set of this first miniature edition of the Gospels in Russian, a typographic feat as the text is perfectly readable. Bound in full morocco and in excellent condition, from Vera Tishchenko's collection - a fine collector's provenance. Scarce outside Russia.

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"One does not have to go very far to gain an immense appreciation for the magnitude of Zohrapian's contribution" (Cox)

[ARMENIAN BIBLE] – ZOHRAPIAN, Hovhannes (editor)

A[stuats]ashunch' matean hin ew nor ktakaranats' ěst chshgrit t'argmanu[t']ean nakhneats' merots' i hellenakann hawatarmagoyn bnagrē i haykakans barbaṛ hashkhatasirut'[en]ē Hovhannu Zōhrapean [Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Edited with critical notes and introduction by Hovhannes Zohrapean. With prefaces to each book and an appendix of Apocryphal writings]
£4,250

[ARMENIAN BIBLE] - ZOHRAPIAN, Hovhannes (editor), A[stuats]ashunch' matean hin ew nor ktakaranats' ěst chshgrit t'argmanu[t']ean nakhneats' merots' i hellenakann hawatarmagoyn bnagrē i haykakans barbaṛ hashkhatasirut'[en]ē Hovhannu Zōhrapean

A landmark edition of the Armenian Bible, in a pleasant example. Rarely found.

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With Russian soldiers chasing a monkey

[SCHLEISSING, Georg Adam]

La Religion ancienne et moderne des Moscovites
£975

[SCHLEISSING, Georg Adam], La Religion ancienne et moderne des Moscovites

Great study of the religious habits and dogmas of Western Russians in th 17th century - finely illustrated with engraved plates by Picart. A fine copy of this uncommon edition.

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After-death trials with demons in vivid colours

[OLD BELIEVERS]

Zhitie prepodobnago ottsa nashego Vasiliia novago spisannoe Grigoriiem ouchenikom ego [Life of Our Father Basil the Younger recounted by his Student Gregory]

[OLD BELIEVERS], Zhitie prepodobnago ottsa nashego Vasiliia novago spisannoe Grigoriiem ouchenikom ego

Beautiful, richly illustrated Old-Believer manuscript, with an unusual style and unusual pinholes in the images. A fine item in its first binding.

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First from the Arabic - "the standard English version well into the twentieth century"

[QUR’AN] – SALE, George (translator)

The Koran, Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated from the Original Arabic.

[QUR'AN] - SALE, George (translator), The Koran, Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated from the Original Arabic.

Probably the most successful translation of the Qur'an in English - first edition of this translation.

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Finely handwritten and illuminated by a "peasant scribe and artist"

[OLD BELIEVERS] – MIATELKOV, Fedor Petrovich

Sviattsy [Religious Almanac]

[OLD BELIEVERS] - MIATELKOV, Fedor Petrovich, Sviattsy

Complete with bold miniatures and ornaments: a fine Old-Believer manuscript, signed by the scribe and artist. With contemporary provenance.

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"Так писали прежде для царей"

[OLD BELIEVERS] – BLINOV, Ivan Gavrilovich (scribe)

Zhitie Feodora Studita [The Life of Feodor Studit].

[OLD BELIEVERS] - BLINOV, Ivan Gavrilovich (scribe), Zhitie Feodora Studita

Beautiful illuminated manuscript produced by one of the best scribes of the early 20th-century Russia; very fresh and in its original binding.

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Striking full-page lithographs with gold highlights

[BIBLE, Slavonic] –

Kniga Apokalipsis [...]. Sviatago Andreia Arkhiepiskopa Kesariia Kapadokiiskago skazanie Apokalipsi sviatago Apostala Evangelista Ioanna Bogoslova sokrovennyh otkrovenie [The Book of the Apocalypse].

[BIBLE, Slavonic] -, Kniga Apokalipsis [...]. Sviatago Andreia Arkhiepiskopa Kesariia Kapadokiiskago skazanie Apokalipsi sviatago Apostala Evangelista Ioanna Bogoslova sokrovennyh otkrovenie

A luxury production of the Old Believers' printing press, with gold highlights, very much imitating their richly illustrated manuscripts.

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The Tsar carries out God's will on earth

PLATON [Petr LEVSHIN, later Metropolitan of Moscow]

Pravoslavnoe uchenie ili sokhrashchennaia khristianskaia bogosloviia, dlia Ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva … Tsesarevicha i Velikago Kniazia Pavla Petrovich.. [Orthodox Teaching, or Christian Theology Abridged, for His Imperial Highness…the Tsarevich and Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich].

PLATON [Petr LEVSHIN, later Metropolitan of Moscow], Pravoslavnoe uchenie ili sokhrashchennaia khristianskaia bogosloviia, dlia Ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva … Tsesarevicha i Velikago Kniazia Pavla Petrovich..

First edition of this Catechism for Tsarevich Pavel, the "first textbook of Orthodox theology in Russia" by an important religious figure of 18th-c. Russia, whom Voltaire called "the Russian Plato". Very rare: no copy at auction and only 3 copies in libraries outside Russia.

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For the palm of the hand

[OLD BELIEVERS LITURGY] –

Posledovanie tserkovnogo peniia i vseletnago sobraniia ot mesiatsa septevriia do mesiatsa avgusta po ustavu, izhe vo Ierusalime sviatyia Lavry prepodobnago i bogonosnago ottsa nashego Savvy Osviashchennago [Liturgy for the months September through August following the Typicon of Saint Sabas].

[OLD BELIEVERS LITURGY] -, Posledovanie tserkovnogo peniia i vseletnago sobraniia ot mesiatsa septevriia do mesiatsa avgusta po ustavu, izhe vo Ierusalime sviatyia Lavry prepodobnago i bogonosnago ottsa nashego Savvy Osviashchennago

A lovely example of a tiny manuscript Menologium in Church Slavonic, a liturgical calendar with hymns celebrating the saints for each month of the year. In attractive, fresh condition, with the ornaments in bright colours, bound in its first binding of red morocco over wooden boards. A great example of an Old Believers' miniature production.

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Printed in Western Ukraine

AZOULAI Abraham ben Mordechaï

Sefer Hesed le-Avraham Hibro Hekhino ve-gam Hikro Ha-Aluf [Mercy to Abraham]

AZOULAI Abraham ben Mordechaï, Sefer Hesed le-Avraham Hibro Hekhino ve-gam Hikro Ha-Aluf

Rare edition of this important cabalistic treatise, a lovely production of a provincial Ukrainian city.

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