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    First Complete History of Armenia

    Movses Khorenatsi. Azgabanutiun tohmin Hapetian (Genealogy of the Family of Japhet). Venice: Printing House of Antoni Bortoli, 1752. Third edition. Twelvemo. 6 by 3.5 inches. Xii, 423, 92 pages [second title page]. Four engravings, engraved head- and tail-pieces and initial letters. Contemporary brown leather paneled in blind, spine in compartments with four raised bands and blind-stamped devices. All edges gilt and elaborately gauffered. Marbled pastedown endpapers (free endpapers wanting). Remnants of clasps, with some leather loss, binding worn and chipped at the extremities, including with some loss at the base of the spine. Rear hinge cracked and starting to separate a bit at the top, sheets soiled and lightly foxed in a few places, but overall a sturdy, attractive copy in very good condition. This is the third printed edition of the History of the Armenians (Patmutiun Hayots) by Movses Khorenatsi (5th century A.D.), the first complete history of Armenia ever written in medieval times. This edition by Archbishop Sargis of Constantinople, by order of the Mekhitarist Congregation, followed the first printing of 1695 in Amsterdam, including the title, which tended to stress the genealogical aspect of the book for the Armenian people. It included both the History of the Armenians and the Atlas traditionally ascribed to Khorenatsi, which in later times started to be ascribed to seventh century scientist Anania Shirakatsi.
    Number 529 in the Catalogue of Armenian Books. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.


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