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    Sale 7596

    Icons and Artefacts From The Orthodox World

    9 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 216

    THE HOMILIES OF JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON THE ACTS OF THE HOLY APOSTLES, FOLLOWED BY THE COMMENTARY OF ST. ANDREW THE CAPPADOCIAN ON THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN

    RUSSIAN (MOSCOW), 1768

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    THE HOMILIES OF JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON THE ACTS OF THE HOLY APOSTLES, FOLLOWED BY THE COMMENTARY OF ST. ANDREW THE CAPPADOCIAN ON THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN
    RUSSIAN (MOSCOW), 1768
    Written in Old Slavonic, the title page of each volume ornamented with an engraving: John Chrysostom's opening page depicting the Ascension, portraits of the Apostles and a view of the Kremlin, St. Andrew's Tome beginning with basically the same image except for substituting the view of Kremlin with a picture of Moscow, the first work including seventeen woodcuts, the subjects taken mostly from the life of Christ, the second book having eleven woodcuts, their themes drawing on the Apocalypse, with decorative initials, headpieces and endpieces, the contemporary binding made of wooden boards covered by calf leather, the front decorated with a gilt image of the Nativity, the back with a stamped, oval floral arrangement, the borders of both sides with floral patterns in relief, the spine with five raised bands, each alternating with gilt flower buds, with two sophisticated brass clasps and ties at the side
    14 x 9¼ in. (35.1 x 23.5 cm)


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    The First Edition of The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Acts of the Holy Apostles and the Exegesis of the Apocalypse by St. Andrew the Cappadocian was printed in 1712. This lot is from the Second Edition, published fifty-six years later in Moscow. There are only seven known copies of the Second Edition, six in Russian Libraries and one in the Library of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London (Drage no.253).

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