2 June 2014
THREE ECCLESIASTIC BOOKS WITH PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND NIELLO BINDINGS
THE BINDINGS, MAKER’S MARK INDISTINCT, MOSCOW, CIRCA 1832; THE BOOKS, KIEV, PECHERSKAIA LAVRA, 1737
The bindings all similarly nielloed with scrolling foliage, all marked on cover; BIBLE, Slavonic. Sviashchennoe Evangelie; Deianie i Poslanie Apostolov; Psaltir [The Holy Gospels; The Acts and Epistles of the Apostles; The Psalter]. Kiev: Pecherskaia Lavra Press, 1737.
3 volumes, 12mo in 6s and 7s (125mm. x 82mm.), engraved titles by Levitskii, full-page engraved illustrations. (First leaf of the second loose, some leaves damp stained). gilt edges.
3¼ x 5 in. (8.3 x 12.6 cm.) and smaller
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A rare complex of the three texts of the New Testament printed for personal use by the famous monastic Pecherskaia Lavra Press in Kiev, in handsome niello bindings decorated in scrolling foliage.
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