18th Century Altar Gospel Orthodox Romania Luxury Woodblock Print Slav Cyrillic
Altar Gospel Book – Evangelion A rare and beautiful copy of Orthodox Evangelion with luxury purple velvet binding with brass clasps and corner and center ornaments. Woodcut printed text and hand colored illustrations. The book contains multiple hand inscriptions that are only partially legible. Pencil inscription on front flyleaf contains references to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, as well as years: 1911 and 1914. It is possible that the text in some way refers to the Bosnian crisis which served as a prelude to WWI. But, since we have not been able to translate the entire text, we cannot be certain of the context. In Romanian language, in old Cyrillic script.
Place and date of publishing unknown. Based on the details and general condition of the book, as well as dates inscribed throughout the textblock, we can say that it was printed in the second half of the 18th century.
Pp. /6/ + 344 (Cyrillic numeration); 4 hand colored illustrations, vignettes; initials. Size: 31.2 x 21 cm.
Binding: Luxury purple velvet binding with two brass clasps and brass decorations on covers. Renewed leather spine and renewed endpapers. Front cover damaged along the edges, stains and candle wax. Metal decorations scratched and oxidized (resulting in the change of color). Back cover damaged along the edges. Condition: Pencil and ink inscription throughout the textblock. Some foxing, moisture stains and candle wax. Some pages damaged along the edges (creases and tears).
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