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    Early Armenian Illuminated Manuscript of the Gospels

    [Armenian Illuminated Manuscript Four Gospels]. Copied by scribe Barsegh. The colophon is undated and does not give the place. The text, written in bolorgir, may have been copied between the 13th and the 16th centuries. It includes two pages (written on both sides) of an older manuscript in transition erkatagir script (used in Armenian manuscripts in 11th-12th centuries), used as endliners attached to the covers. Quarto, 9 by 6.5 inches. Some pages, and probably portraits, are lacking. The manuscript has 479 pages, with very good illustrations, and smaller marginal illustrations. Old brown leather over boards, elaborately stamped in blind. Heavily worn, joints cracked or cracking, leaning backwards, staining to edges and endleaves, as well as some sheets. General wear and soiling to paper, darkened a bit at the edges. Some illustrations with color scraped or rubbed. Altogether a lovely example of an early manuscript, with wonderful illustrations and calligraphy. Should be seen. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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    October, 2013
    17th Thursday
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