Incunabula Leaf from Cetinje Octoechos (Цетињски Октоих)
Leaf no.101 of the Cetinje Octoechos.
It is the first incunabulum written in the Serbian recension of Church Slavonic. It is the first book printed in Cyrillic in Southeast Europe. The Ochtoechos was the first Orthodox Christian incunabula printed three years after the first mobile printing (Fiol Octoechos 1491), significantly earlier than the First Russian printed book, the Fedorov Bible 85 years later (1581).
About 100 known fragments of the books are preserved and only three complete copies are in Mt.Athos, Central Library of Serbia in Belgrade, and Matica Srpska in Novi Sad. In the quality of its print and decoration, it is considered to be at the same level as Venetian production at that time.
A scarce find, no copies nor leaves of the books ever appeared on auctions.
The printing is in black with red initials, 30 lines.
Leaf number 101., pagination not present, leaf numeration established according to the photo reprint published by CNCBCG “Djurdje Crnojevic”, Cetinje 1987.
Sections of the leaf missing, renewed in late 20c.
Size: 26,5 x 18 cm.
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