BIBLE, Gospels, Slavonic. Evangelie ili Blagovestvovanie Gospoda Boga i Spasa Nashego Iisusa Khrista. [The Gospels or the Good Tidings of Our God and Savious Jesus Christ.] Kiev: Press of the Pecherskaia Lavra, December 1697.
2° (285 x 180mm). Title printed in red and black within woodcut border incorporating a view of the cathedral, verso of title with woodcut illustration of the Dormition, four full-page illustrations of the Evangelists by Il'ia and the Master TT, 36 small woodcut illustrations from 31 blocks in the text, woodcut headpieces and initials, headings and some notations printed in red. (Title repaired at foot and in inside margin, hole in f.3 with loss to three lines, E8 torn, a few tears, some touching the text without loss, some leaves with wax stains.) 18th-century brass binding over wooden boards, upper cover with fine engraving of Christ enthroned flanked by the Mother of God and the Apostle John, with the Evangelists at the corners, lower cover engraved with the Tree of Jesse, with knob cornerpieces, spine in compartments engraved with fruit, cast brass clasps, edges gauffered and gilt (light wear); modern green morocco-backed box.
FIRST EDITION, in a fine 18th-century binding, of the altar Gospels printed during the reign of Peter the Great at the Kievo-Pecherskaia Lavra press by Archimandrite Meletii Vuiakhevich. Guseva et al. Ukrainian Books in Cyrillic Type XVI-XVIII Centuries, 165; Sopikov 219; Undol'skii 1220.