OLD BELIEVER MISCELLANCY

MS 1993
MS Short Title OLD BELIEVER MISCELLANCY
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OLD BELIEVER MISCELLANCY

1.LEGEND OF ENOCH AND THE LITTLE BIRD
2. REVEREND PAPHNUTIUS: THE PASSION OF CHRIST; CONTAINING THE LEGENDS OF LAZARUS, THE HARROWING OF HELL AND THE KILLING OF ANNAS AND CAIPHAS 
3.PARABLE OF THE LIFE AND DEATH AND THE VANITY OF THE RICH MAN 
4.ASCENSION OF CHRIST AND THE LETTER TO JOSEPH 
5.HOMILY OF THE MONK PALLADIUS ON THE SECOND COMING 
6. ABOUT THE BIRD OF PARADISE, THE ALKONOST; ABOUT VIPERS AND SLANDERERS 
7.HOW THE DEVIL WAS DRIVEN FROM A CHURCH BY SINGING, READING FOR 26 MAY 
8.BOOK OF THE GREAT BREASTPLATE, FURTHER EXEMPLARS 
9.THE MIRACLES OF SAINT AGAPIUS, READING FOR 17 APRIL 
10.BOOK OF THE GREAT BREASTPLATE, THE VISION OF JOHN ABOUT THE ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL 
11.INTERPRETATION OF THE 12 DREAMS OF KING SHAKHAISH BY THE SAGE MAMERUS
Description MS in Russian Chuch Slavonic on paper, Russia, ca. 1750, 266 ff. (complete), 19x15 cm, single column, (14/15x11/12 cm), 20-22 lines in Cyrillic semi-uncial by several scribes, red titles and chapter headings, 135 full-page illustrations in full colours by several artists displaying the collaboration of a circle of Old Believer artists of varying levels of skill.
Binding Russia, ca. 1750, brown blind-tooled leather over bevelled wooden boards with corner stamps with gold leaves, sewn on 3 cords.
Provenance 1. Aronov Collection, New York (-1995); 2. Sam Fogg, London.
Commentary Commentary: The Old Believers (Raskolniki) are a group which opposed the modernization of the Russian Church introduced by Patriarch Nikon from 1652 on. They were excommunicated and persecuted as a result of the Church councils in 1666 and 1667. The Old Believers may have had the support of 10-20 % of the population. Their ranks included many prosperous business people who patronised the production of books for the community. In the 18th and 19th c. their descendants collected libraries. The Old Believers are a network of dissenting communities rather than a sect, and continue to exist in Russia and the USA.
Place of origin Russia
Dates ca. 1750

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