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    Menologion. [Russian Orthodox Liturgy] [Russian Text:] Mineia Prazdnichnaia (Anfologion). Pochaev [Ukraine:] Printing House of the Monastery of Pochaev, 1650. Krown & Spellman retail: $1500. Folio. 605 folios [i.e.: 1[supplied from a different book], 1-10, 1-42, 42-140, 140, 141, 143-176, 178-184, 184-593. Lacks T.p. and correct index leaf. Otherwise complete. Old blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, one partial clasp remains, front inner hinge opened, first leaves soiled with the first three leaves with some repairs (some text affected on third leaf), last leaves worn, with some repairs and creases, some text is lost on the inner margin of the last leaf making the name of the Patriarch in the colophon is unreadable, some stains and old repairs, corners finger-soiled. The Index leaf at the front is apparently from another work. Printed in red and black through-out, head-pieces, decorated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    A rare Russian liturgical book prepared under Czar Alekseii Michailovitsch (1645-1676). Handsomely printed for use in Churches these early Russian books are scarce in Western libraries. We couldn't find any records of this edition.

    The colophon states that this was completed 29 June 1650 having been started the previous 21 December. We also have the regnal and patriarchal years (the 5th year of the reign of tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich; the 9th year of the patriarchate of Iosif) which all tally with the stated date. It gives the place: the Pochaev printing house - i.e. the printing house of the monastery at Pochaev (nowin Ukraine)     Not in Diaghilev/Lifar, or Fekula. [Should be checked in these bibliographies not available to this cataloguer.]

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