RUSSIAN CHURCH TEXTS / PRACTICES

MS 1868
MS Short Title RUSSIAN CHURCH TEXTS / PRACTICES
Text
  1. STRASTI CHRISTOVY, INCLUDING JOHN THE BAPTIST'S MEETING WITH THE PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS IN HELL, A CYCLE OF PICTURES
  2. VISION OF GREGORY, AFTER BASIL THE YOUNGER, WITH AN ANECDOTE FROM THE CYCLE OF SYNODIK
  3. BIBLE: REVELATION, CHAPTERS OF THE BIBLICAL TEXT REPRODUCED WITH AN INTERPOLATED INTERPRETATION (TOLKOVANIE)
Description MS in Russian Church Slavonic on blue paper, Russia, 1806, 117 ff. (complete), 34x20 cm, single column, (29x16 cm), 30 lines in Cyrillic half-uncial and semi-vjaz by several scribes, some titles in red, 78 full-page coloured miniatures in colour wash over pen and ink drawing, in plain yellow frames.
Binding Russia, ca. 1806, blindstamped brown leather over bevelled boards, sewn on 4 cords, brass and leather clasps, the title "Knigaglezha" (Picture book) in semi-vjaz at head and foot of front cover, "Strasti Xristovy" in uncials on spine.
Provenance 1. Private collection, N4058 and N13/40; 2. Sam Fogg Rare Books Ltd., London.
Commentary

The pictures are of some of the most striking Christian imagery, and also revealing the influence of the cycle of engravings by Master Koren (1696).

The pictures in the Revelation (text 3) are showing the influence of the 1534 edition of the Luther Bible in Russian art.

Place of origin Russia
Dates 1806 AD

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