SCHUWAIR MONASTERY PRESS - Kitab al Ingil as Sharif. [Gospels] with commentaries, [1776, but re-issue of circa 1810]. 2° (310 x 210.). 4 lithographed plates; Kitab al Rasail al Mushtamel [Book of Acts of the Apostles and Paul, Jacob, Peter, John..to be read in the Eastern Church], [circa 1820]. small 4°(215 x 160mm.). Rubrics in red; KItab al Horologion [Horologion, prayers and rites], [circa 1822, calender dated 1823-68]. 8°(170 x 100mm.). Rubrics in red; Kitab al Zubar el Elahi l'David [Book of Psalms of David], [circa 1820]. 8°(167 x 100.); Kitab al Euctucius (St.) Mushtamel ula Samania el ahlan. [Book of Ectutius, compiled in 8 acts], [circa 1820]. 8°(170 x 105mm.).; together 5 volumes, text in arabic, original blind-stamped goatskin.
A rare collection of five works printed at the Monastry of St.John at Shueir [Shuwair], near Beirut in the Lebanon. The Press was founded by Abdullah Zakher in 1733, continued until 1899, and was most important for its publication of liturgical and other religious works. Some of these appear to be extremely rare as the list of publications printed by Joseph Nasrallah, L'Imprimerie au Liban, Harissa 1949, pp. 37ff lists only one of the works offered here. (5)