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[GREGORIAN CALENDAR]. Tomar Grigorieann havitenakan. In Armenian. A Gregorian calendar for all eternity. Rome: Domenico Basa, 1584.
4o (213 x 158 mm). Printed in red and black, ornamental woodcut border, title with coat-of-arms of Gregory XIII, half-page woodcut of the Last Supper on last leaf recto, woodcut tables, diagrams, ornaments and initial letters. Contemporary limp vellum (some light staining).
FIRST EDITION of this Armenian translation of the Gregorian calendar was printed by the Vatican press run by Domenico Basa with the Armenian types which the French typographer Robert Granjon had designed shortly after his arrival in Rome and shown to Pope Gregory XIII in 1579. A copy of the calendar was given to the Armenian patriarch Azarias by Leonardo Abel toward the end of 1584.
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