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    Printed in Venice by Hovhannes Ankiuratsi (Giovanni Molino) and in a Fine Seventeenth-Century Binding

    Nerses Shnorhali. Hisus Vordi (Jesus the Son). Venice: Saligataui Printing House, 1643. First Edition (first printing). Octavo. 527 pages. Illustrated with five engravings, as well as with ornaments in the body and margins; and ornamental head- and tail-pieces. In a wonderful contemporary red calf or goat skin binding, gilt extra, with center medallions of the Crucifixion on the front board and Madonna and Child on the rear board. One clasp still present, all edges gilt. This is the second and last book published by a pioneer of Armenian printing, Hovhannes Ankiuratsi (known in Italy as Giovanni Molino). He had settled in Venice in the late 1630s with the aim of publishing the Bible in Armenian. However, many obstacles, including the lack of authorization by the Vatican, caused him to fail in this effort. The present book is the first printing of a famous poem by Catholicos Nerses Shnorhali (Nerses the Graceful), a saint of the Armenian Church (1102-1173). Nerses Shnorhali was the Bishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church and a poet and composer of church hymns. Number 38 in the Catalogue of Armenian Books. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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