Commentary of Prayers and Panegyrics of Saint Grigor Narekatsi

    Hakob Nalian. Meknutiun aghotits yev nerboghinats Srboyn Grigori Narekatsvo (Commentary of Prayers and Panegyrics of Saint Grigor Narekatsi). Vol. I-II. Constantinople: Printing House of Gabriel Sebastatsi Barseghian, 1745. Folio. 1,136 pages. 12 by 8 inches. Illustrated with eleven engravings, including full-page (page 722, picture of Grigor son of Mkritch, illustrator), and numerous woodcut ornaments to margins and initials. Contemporary brown leather stamped in gilt and blind. All edges gilt and elaborately gauffered, though the fore- and bottom-edges are now somewhat worn away. Marbled pastedown endpapers, free endpapers lacking. Binding lightly worn and rubbed, but still very handsome. Bumped at top of spine and with head-band somewhat loose. Hinges cracked, with preliminary leaf in front nearly loose. First title a little tattered and with a small dampstain to the gutter margin. Scattered foxing and soiling to sheets, but for the most part a very clean copy, in very good condition. Written by Hakob Nalian, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, this is the earliest printed commentary of Grigor Narekatsi's works (never reprinted). It is a work highly regarded among scholars of Armenian medieval literature. Number 485 in the Catalogue of Armenian Books. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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